Scott Brunette, director of athletics for Metro Nashville Public Schools, will soon have his name in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Hall of Fame.
Brunette is one of 12 outstanding administrators, coaches or contributors that will be inducted at the annual luncheon set for April 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
“I am truly honored to be included in this class of inductees,” Brunette said. “This type of recognition is not an everyday happening. I was surprised, excited, and more than anything proud — proud of the men and women I work with every day of the week, and proud of the thousands of students we’ve served over the years.”
Brunette has been with Metro Schools since 1973. He started his career teaching at Napier Elementary before spending time teaching and coaching at McGavock, Whites Creek, and Stratford high schools. Throughout his career, he has served as assistant and head wrestling and football coach, assistant principal and athletic principal. In 1992, Brunette moved to the Central Office to oversee all district athletics.
“MNPS athletics are more than ‘just sports,’” he said. “We work very hard to instill strong qualities in our student athletes; we want them to graduate and be successful. I really think this philosophy is what makes our athletic programs so strong. Our coaches focus on more than what happens on game day. They work every day to teach our athletes about commitment, teamwork, safety, sportsmanship, integrity and so much more.”
Brunette was born in Nashville, but spent a portion of his childhood in Delaware and Maryland. When he was 11, he and his family moved back to Music City. He attended Father Ryan High School, where he earned honors including State Wrestling Champion in 1969 and All Division Football.
He earned his B.S. Degree in Education from Memphis State University (University of Memphis) in 1973, his M.A. in Education from George Peabody College of Education in 1975, and his +30 and Administration and Supervision certification from Tennessee State University in 1988.
The TSSAA inaugurated its Hall of Fame in 1982 with a class of five. It recognizes athletes, coaches, contributors and officials who have made a significant impact on Tennessee secondary school athletics.
Along with Brunette, this year’s inductees include: Gene Beck, administrator from Springfield, and Vic Francescon, an official from Brentwood.