New coach Pethtel enjoying life as Brookstone head man

Once plans are made, the only certain thing is they’ll change.

That’s exactly what happened for first-year Brookstone head coach Scott Pethtel. Hired as an assistant to Brad Dehem in 2013, Pethtel didn’t intend to become the head coach, but once Dehem departed and the position came open, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Just like that, Pethtel now leads a team that’s struggled for a couple years, but he’s still enjoying his time.

“It’s been fun,” he said. “I didn’t come here to be the head football coach, but here I am and I’m enjoying every minute of it. We’ve got some great kids out here that work hard. I’ve got a good staff that really wants to be the best we can be, and I think they’re doing well.”

The Cougars have lost 11 games over the last two years combined, the most in a two-year span since 2003-04. After a fall camp that saw the Cougars quickly pick up Pethtel’s new system, the new coach has simple requests for his team.

“I hope [we are] a hard-playing football team that will play to the very end regardless of the score,” he said. “I want them to be the best they can be every Friday night. Hopefully progress and progress and get better and better so we’re playing our best game last.”

Brookstone opens the season Friday on the road at Mount Pisgah.

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