SPANISH FORK — Spanish Fork High head football coach Scott Brumfield is leaving his prep coaching post to take over as the offensive line coach at Dixie State College.

"It was a tough decision," Brumfield said after informing school officials on Monday that he was taking a job with his former mentor Greg Croshaw in St. George. "The timing is just right. The opportunity was there for me and we've got a good group of kids coming back here to Spanish Fork that makes it a good situation for the new coach, and that was important to me."

When Dixie State line coach Gordon Jolley resigned last week, head Rebels coach Croshaw called Brumfield and offered him the job. The new position appeals to Brumfield because the college is moving to Division II next season and he'll be involved in recruiting. He will also have a more hands-on role in actual coaching and won't have all of the program management roles of a prep coach.

"I want to get back to coaching. A high school coach is more of a director of football operations and I just want to focus on coaching. And I certainly don't want to look back 15 years from now and wish I would have done this," Brumfield said.

Brumfield coached the Dons for six seasons, with his team finishing 6-5 this season and losing in the first round of the state playoffs to Alta. He also starred as a lineman at Spanish Fork before moving on to Dixie College, where he played for Croshaw, and then Brigham Young University. He played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals for seven seasons.

Dons athletic director Doug Snell said he expects to begin taking applications soon for a new head coach. Spanish Fork had a strong junior class this season, which should attract interest in the position from several qualified candidates — including some who are currently on the Dons' staff as assistants.

"We hate to see Scott go, but we want him to do what he needs to do," Snell said. "But he's given us six good years."


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