After leading the Brentwood High School varsity football team to a combined 25-9 record over the past three seasons, head coach Scott Surgener, 47, is leaving for the state of Florida after accepting the head coaching position at Deltona Pine Ridge on Wednesday.
Deltona is located on the eastern Florida coast between Daytona Beach to its northeast and Orlando to its southwest.
Surgener, a Brentwood graduate, led the Eagles to a 12-2 record in 2009 when they lost in the Class 2 state championship game to Maryville (35-0) at the Edward Jones Dome. Surgener has 14 years of head coaching experience at four separate Missouri high schools, including the past five at Brentwood (31-23 overall).
He also coached at Westminster Christian Academy, where he helped to start the school's football program and was head coach from 2002-2005.
"We were very impressed with his history of being able to turn programs around," Pine Ridge athletic director Larry Candeto said to the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.
Pine Ridge was 0-10 in 2010 and 1-9 in 2009 after going 9-2 in 2008.
Brentwood went 6-4 in 2010, losing in the opening round of the Class 2 state playoffs to Northwest Academy, 25-7.
"Our guys just competed real hard and never quit. They never quit all year," Surgener said to Maplewood-Brentwood Patch following the season-ending defeat. "I'm very proud of them.
"The senior class did a great job of just leading us. These seniors have been district champs three times. That's nothing to sneeze at … We've done a lot with this program, and they should be proud," Surgener said.
Brentwood will lose 10 seniors to graduation at the end of the school year, but many experienced players will return to play for a new head coach.