Chipola College held a news conference Wednesday afternoon concerning their men’s basketball program. Three-year head coach Bret Campbell resigned as coach to pursue another avenue, leaving the position vacant. Athletic Director Jeff Johnson took the podium and thanked the media for being there, “I’d like to thank the media, Shelia Mader with the Jackson County Times, Shelley Campbell with channel 7 Sports, and Patrick Brickman with Channel 13 news. Today is a bittersweet day for me. We are closing one chapter of Chipola history and opening another chapter. I want to introduce a fine coach who’s been with us for three years, coach Bret Campbell who amassed a record of 61-29 in three years. He finished as region eight runner-up this past season.”
A very emotional Campbell told the crowd that Chipola was home to him, and he thanked everyone for their calls and texts and assured everyone he was fine. Campbell said he was moving into the public sector after spending many years coaching. He thanked everyone at Chipola for all their support, the community for opening up their hearts to him during the three years he was at Chipola. Campbell praised Brendan Foley for the job he had done for three years as his assistant.
President of Chipola College, Dr. Sarah Clemmons took the podium, “I am proud to announce Brendan Foley as Chipola’s men’s basketball coach. We are so pleased to have coach Foley and his wife, Natalie as our assistant A.D. here at Chipola.”
Johnson talked about the number of applications received when Campbell was hired three years ago and said this time around, it was a very easy decision, having Foley in the house and with six years of experience at Chipola, “I’d like to bring coach Foley up here and let him share some things with you.”
An obviously excited and emotional Brendan Foley brought his iconic smile to the podium, “This has been a pretty special week at Chipola starting when the Chipola baseball team arrived and we had a special ceremony. Dr. Craven said it best, ‘Chipola College is a great college.’” Foley thanked everyone at the college for the warm reception he received, his wife, parents, in-laws, and the people of the Chipola nation for their support for the last six years. He summed it up nicely, “When I arrived at Chipola six years ago, it didn’t take me long to realize this is a special place. It gave me a goal and a vision to help make this day a reality. I’m very thankful for that. Today is a dream come true, and Chipola College is best junior college in the country, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else in the world. My goals are simple - win more Panhandle Championships, hang more State Championship banners, and win National Championships.”
The publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times congratulates Brendan Foley on his new position and wishes coach Bret Campbell the very best in his new endeavor.