It didn’t take long for Brookhaven High School football coach Trevor White and his coaching staff to land on its feet.
Two days after the Columbus City School board voted March 4 to close Brookhaven by the end of the school year, White was named the fourth coach in the history of the Beechcroft football program.
“After being at Brookhaven the last few years and for 10 years total, it’s pretty devastating,” White said. “First and foremost, it’s exciting to be able to take over at Beechcroft.”
Brookhaven opened 49 years ago and produced the City League’s only state champion in football, in 2004 when White was an assistant under Tom Blake.
White takes over at Beechcroft for Bruce Ward, who led the Cougars to a 37-14 record that included two playoff appearances in five seasons. Ward stepped down in January to take over at Gahanna.
Andy Powell coached Beechcroft to a 52-34-1 record from 1977-85 and for the first three games of the 1986 season. Tom Dunlap then led the Cougars to a 171-66 mark before stepping down at the end of the 2008 season.
White led Brookhaven to a 23-10 record the last three seasons, including playoff berths in 2011 and ’13. Last fall, the Bearcats went 9-3 overall and won the City-North Division at 7-0.
White assisted at Brookhaven from 2000-02 and 2003-06 and also had assistant stints at Walnut Ridge (1997-99) and Marion-Franklin (2007-10).
Chuck Andrick and Wes Edwards, who served as offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, at Brookhaven last fall, are expected to serve in the same capacity at Beechcroft.
“Like Brookhaven, Beechcroft has a lot of tradition, and being a Cougar is something special like just like being a Bearcat is,” White said. “It’s definitely an exciting opportunity.”