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Burnett leaving Broad Run

One month after leading Broad Run to its second straight undefeated season and back to back Virginia AA Division 4 state championships, Coach Michael Burnett said he will leave the Ashburn school to take a job as the social studies department chair at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg.

Burnett has accepted the teaching position at the new school -- which is set to open in the fall -- but his bid to become the football coach at Tuscarora is still pending Loudoun County School Board approval.

"I have taken the social studies department chair at Tuscarora, and I'm waiting approval as football coach," Burnett said. "I can't imagine it's not going to come through."

Michael Burnett led Broad Run to a 43-6 record and two state championships in four seasons with the Spartans. (Tracy A. Woodward, TWP)

Burnett, who lives in Leesburg with his wife and children, broke the news to his players Tuesday.

"It's excruciating," he said. "There's no words that can describe how difficult it is to leave these kids. Everything about football was and is great at Broad Run. That hasn't changed.

"The bottom line is I'm a teacher, I'm a coach, I'm a father, I'm a husband. My schedule right now is really putting a stress on all of those -- to try to keep teaching at the level I want to teach at. To move into a more administrative capacity just gives me more flexibility as to the time I'm going to have to devote to all those things."

In four years as head coach of the Spartans, Burnett turned a 1-9 team into the top AA program in the state. Under Burnett, Broad Run compiled a 43-6 mark with three Dulles District titles and two state championships. The Spartans ended 2009 on a 28-game winning streak and have won 30 consecutive regular season contests.

Tuscarora will open its doors with a full varsity football schedule in the fall. The Huskies will compete at the AA Division 3 level and will play an independent schedule.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of a new school and an entire staff that's excited and has the same mission to build a new community together," Burnett. "It's a very rare opportunity in education, to walk in and start with a common goal and an administration and a teaching staff that's all on the same page. That's what most excites me."

Tuscarora interviewed candidates for its head coaching job this past weekend, according to principal Pamela Paul-Jacobs, a former assistant principal at Broad Run.

Nothing is official in Loudoun County until it's school board approved," Broad Run Athletic Director Jack Kirby said. "He has accepted the department chair job at Tuscarora, that is done. But he has not officially been hired as the football coach."

Kirby said he has received interest from several coaches within Loudoun county, and Burnett's departure could trigger a domino effect among coaches from several of the other programs in the county.

"We've already received quite a few phone calls from coaches who are interested in the position," Kirby said. "We will post the job opening on the school web site as soon as this becomes official and then move forward from there."

Paul Tenorio contributed to this report.

By Matt Brooks  |  January 13, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  Broad Run , Football  
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I think they should promote the assistant coach Adam Fortune to replace Burnett. Fortune was the main holdover from the previous coach and would be great for Broad Run if he is intersted in the HC spot.

Posted by: goose33 | January 13, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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