By: Jim Steele
McKenzie Middle School football coach Brad Chappell resigned Monday from that position and accepted an administrative job at Bethel University.
Chappell will be an assistant athletics director for Bethel. He told Lynn Watkins, McKenzie Director of Schools, and his team today.
Chappell, in fact, said he even worked the passing league game with Paris-Inman Monday night, a game the Rebels won 4-2.
"I told them that I'd finish out my summer duties," Chappell said. "It's a bittersweet time because I enjoyed coaching the kids and enjoyed my time at McKenzie.
"We have some tremendous teachers and educators," he said. "But the good news is that I'll still be right here in McKenzie. I'm not going anywhere."
Chappell was an assistant with McKenzie High School in 2003, coming over from a similar post in Dresden. He took over the MMS head football post in 2004 The Rebels were 3-4 that season. It was his only losing mark in seven seasons. Chappell's teams were 41-17 in seven seasons, including an 8-0 mark in 2007.
In post-season, the Rebels were 4-2 under Chappell's watch, winning the Hurricane Bowl over Lexington in 2005 and winning three mckenzierebels.com Bowls. For six straight years, the Rebels won or shared the Carroll County championship, winning it five times outright.
Chappell also served two years as MMS soccer coach.
MMS principal David Duncan said he is now in the market for a football coach and history teacher, but said he has had no candidates in mind at this time.