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Martins Ferry's Bruney Will Guide Ohio All-Stars

July 7, 2011
By SETH STASKEY , Martins Ferry Times Leader

WHEELING - The attraction was too much for Dave Bruney to resist. After turning down the opportunity to coach in his fifth Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Classic in 2007, Bruney accepted the invitation this year, giving him his fifth assignment in his fifth different decade.

Throw in the fact that his entire coaching staff at Martins Ferry had a desire to give it another go-around.

''We're looking forward to it,'' Bruney said.

''It's a great event and a great honor to be chosen for this. Our coaches are excited.''

In the Mumley Classic, which is slated for Sunday, July 24 at Wheeling Island Stadium, Bruney owns a 4-0 record as the Ohio head coach.

Bruney and his staff directed the Purple Riders to an 8-2 record during the regular season and a runner-up finish in the OVAC Class 3-A chase to Magnolia.

Slated to join Bruney at Bethany College for all-star camp are: Bill Bruney, John Bennett, Jim Hoover, Joe Mamone, Rich Materkoski, Mike Rose, Chas Yoder and Nick Stankovich.

Here's a capsule look at the Ohio coaching staff:

DAVE BRUNEY - This veteran Purple Riders head coach has been a coach for 39 years, the last 33 of those spent at his alma mater.

During that time, Bruney has posted an impressive 234-109 record, including four undefeated seasons, a regional championship, a regional runnerup, four OVAC titles and 11 total playoff appearances.

In his one season as the head coach at Bridgeport, which was 1978, Bruney led the Bulldogs to their most recent OVAC title.

Bruney also served on the coaching staff at Martins Ferry and Buckeye North before accepting a position at Marshall University for one season.

Bruney's career hasn't gone unnoticed. He was elected to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

Along with football, Bruney also coached basketball and track during his career in education, which came to an end this May when he retired as a teacher and athletics director.

Dave and his wife, Cheryl, have three children: Zac (29), Ashley (27) and Trevor (25).

BILL BRUNEY - This long-time Riders defensive coordinator has been a member of his brother's coaching staff for the past 17 seasons.

All told, Bill has been coaching football for 37 years. He spent a year at Alliance, four years at Bridgeport, four years at Bellaire and 11 years at Steubenville, where he was a member the coaching staff when Big Red won the 1984 state championship.

The 1970 Martins Ferry graduate also coached wrestling, track and baseball during his career.

Bill earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University and his masters degree from the University of Dayton.

Bill and his wife, Cindy, have three children: Craig (30), Mandy (28) and Amy (25).

JOHN BENNETT - This veteran Riders assistant played for Bruney and then after his graduation from Bethany College returned and has been a member of the staff for the past 18 seasons.

Bennett is a 1989 graduate of Martins Ferry and along with his bachelor's degree, he owns a masters degree in Administration from Ohio University.

The former Riders head baseball coach, Bennett currently coaches both junior high track and basketball for Ferry.

John and his wife, Holly, have four children - a daughter, Lauren, and sons, Cory, Alex and Carter.

JIM HOOVER - This veteran football mind came to Bruney's staff eight years ago after serving as the head coach at Union Local for two seasons.

Hoover, who is a 1989 graduate of Buckeye North, played football at Eastern Michigan University where he earned his degree in 1994.

Upon returning to the Ohio Valley, Hoover coached at Edison for seven years before accepting the Jets job.

Along with football, Hoover has also coached basketball and baseball and is currently a track coach.

Jim and his wife, Robyn, have been married for 16 years. The couple has three children: Hailee (13), Dalton (11) and Trey (7).

JOE MAMONE - This former Rider joined the staff of his alma mater six years ago. Mamone has worked at Martins Ferry for seven years as a teacher.

Along with his football duties, Mamone, who is a West Liberty State College graduate, is currently an assistant baseball coach and has previously coached basketball.

Joe and his wife, Megan, have a daughter, Ella.

RICH MATERKOSKI - This former Bellaire Big Red standout joined the Purple Riders coaching and teaching staffs six years ago.

Materkoski, who graduated from Bellaire in 1998, earned his bachelor's degree in 2004 from Ohio University. He completed his master's degree in administration in 2010.

Along with football, Materkoski is currently the head track coach at Martins Ferry and was named Eastern District Coach of the Year as well as Times Leader Boys' Coach of the Year.

Before arriving at Ferry, Materkoski spent time as an assistant track coach both at Bellaire and Shadyside.

Materkoski and his wife, Jennifer, recently celebrated their 1-year anniversary.

MIKE ROSE - This former St. John Central standout has been coaching football for 17 years.

Of that time, he's spent 13 years on Bruney's staff. He also spent three years as the head coach at his alma mater where he led the Irish to the 1999 OVAC Class A title as well as the school's most recent playoff appearance.

Rose, who has previously coached basketball, earned his degree at Ohio University.

Mike and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Mike, who is a member of the Ohio squad in this year's game; Meghan and Marissa.

CHAS YODER - This former Purple Rider completed his second season as a member of Bruney's coaching staff last fall.

Yoder is a 2004 Martins Ferry graduate and went on to a standout career at Mt. Union College where he was a member of three NCAA Division III national championship teams.

A former OVAC All-Star player, Yoder is also currently a member of the Riders' wrestling staff.

NICK STANKOVICH - This former Rider player joined the coaching staff three seasons ago.

After his high school career, Stankovich attended and played for Washington & Jefferson College for two seasons.

Nick also played in the 2004 OVAC All-Star Game.

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