High school hires reality star as Florida’s first female head football coach
History is being made in South Florida in football this week. Miami Jackson Senior High School hired Bernice Brunson as its head coach Monday, making her the first female head coach in the history of Florida high school football. Music mogul Luther Campbell, the godfather of youth football in South Florida, is leaving his post as defensive coordinator at Miami Norland High to join her as Jackson’s new assistant head coach.
"This is phenomenal for football and for women in general," Campbell told FOX Sports on Monday. "I am so proud to be a part of this. It’s an honor to be a part of something like this. This is Dade County, the mecca of football. And, this is no recreational program here. This is Miami Jackson. This is Lee Corso’s old school. There is a very rich history of football and big alumni."
Campbell who has mentored hundreds of football players in South Florida including Falcons star Devonta Freeman and Marshall’s record-setting QB Rakeem Cato, said before he agreed to come on board with the plan at Jackson he made sure "this wasn’t going to be any joke or circus" he said.
"We’re dealing with kids’ lives here. I wanted to make sure she was on the same page I was on. I’ve know her (Brunson) for years."
Campbell is not permitted to serve as a head high school football coach in Miami because he’s not certified. According to Campbell, you can be a head coach in high school without being a certified teacher in any sport other than football.
Brunson, known to some for her appearance on truTV’s reality show "South Beach Tow," is also known to many down in South Florida as "K.K." and was a neighborhood legend in Dade County, Campbell said.
"She always played football with the boys," he said. "She played defensive end and offensive line and she was real tough." Brunson went on to play semi-pro football and also coaches flag football.
Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FS1. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His latest book, “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” came out in October 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB and Facebook.