Brother Martin won’t have to look for a new head football coach after all.
Mark Bonis, who accepted a position as coordinator of player personnel at the University of Memphis last week, had a change of heart and is returning to coach the Crusaders.
Brother Martin announced the news in an email Monday afternoon.
“After a few days in Memphis, I realized that I missed my players, my coaches, and my entire Brother Martin family,” Bonis said in the statement. “I am extremely grateful to principal Greg Rando, athletic director Scott Williams, and the entire school leadership for allowing me the opportunity to return as the head coach of the Crusaders. Brother Martin is home for me.”
Rando said that Bonis contacted him about the possibility of returning and that the decision was an easy one.
“Mark called and said he wanted to come home to his family and to Brother Martin,” Rando said in the statement. “After consultation with the rest of the school leadership team, the decision was unanimous that we wanted Mark back since our search was in the very early stages. He has done a tremendous job of forming our student-athletes, leading our football program, and developing the young men in his care. The football program is performing at a high level on and off the field, and we feel that the continuity of Mark’s returning is in the best interest of our students and the entire institution.”
Bonis, who has coached the Crusaders since 2009, will resume his duties at the school immediately.
He will look to continue to build on the success of the 2015 season, when Brother Martin finished 8-3 and had one of the most prolific offenses in the state, averaging 29.5 points.
“I would also like to thank the many well-qualified coaches who applied for the position,” Williams said. “It speaks volumes as to how well respected our school and our athletic program is viewed by others in the state.”