Brint Russell named East Rutherford head coach

East Rutherford High School is pleased to announce the promotion of Brint Russell to the role of Head Football Coach.  Coach Russell has served as a coach at East Rutherford for five seasons, as a teacher for the past four years, and most recently as our Athletic Director.  This past season Coach Russell served as the Offensive Coordinator, switching from the Defensive Coordinator role he held for the previous three seasons.  In his first three seasons as Defensive Coordinator, Coach Russell was instrumental in the improvement of our football program.  During that three year span, the Cavaliers hoisted the county championship trophy each season. 

Prior to his time at East Rutherford, Coach Russell served as a Head Football Coach for nine of his twenty years in coaching, more recently at Newton-Conover High School.  In 2012, Coach Russell’s team won the CVAC Conference Championship, and Coach Russell was voted CVAC Coach of the Year by his peers.

Coach Russell has also served as the Head Football Coach at Heritage High School, a 6A school in East Tennessee.  His tenure at Heritage was highlighted by his squad upsetting defending state champion Knox Catholic in his first season.  He was twice voted as Lexus of Knoxville’s Coach of the Week. 

In his first varsity head coaching position, Coach Russell took over a Jackson County High School program that was 4-46 before his arrival.  Jackson County, a rural school in Middle Tennessee, finished 4-6 in Russell’s first season, and Russell was voted The Herald-Citizen Best Hire of the Year.

In addition to being a varsity head football coach, Coach Russell has served in other prominent coaching roles throughout his career.  Coach Russell served as the Offensive Coordinator at Crest High School, Defensive Coordinator at McDowell High School, Head JV Coach at Erwin High School, and started his career as Head Coach at Cane Creek Middle School where he left his mark by leading the football program to their first ever undefeated season.

Coach Russell is a 1997 graduate of Charles D. Owen High School where he played for Hall of Fame Coach Kenny Ford.  Russell earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University and holds a Master’s Degree from Tennessee Tech University.  He is married to his wife Kate, and the couple has five children, Maggie (15), Andy (12), Braxton (10), Easton (5), and Lincoln (1).

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