Brooke names McLean

The last 48 hours or so have been a total whirlwind for Mac McLean.

But, he considers it a good problem to have.

After spending the last 12 years working under his younger brother, Brett at St. Clairsville, Mac McLean is trading in his Red and Gray for Green and Gold.

The 38-year old Mac McLean was formally approved as the new head football coach at his alma mater, Brooke High School, Monday evening and officially got the process started Tuesday when he met with his players.

“It almost doesn’t feel real,” Mac McLean said during a phone interview. “When I left Brooke (as a high school graduate), I didn’t see myself ever going back, but it’s definitely nice to be back.”

McLean never really thought about going back because teaching and coaching really wasn’t what he wanted to do in the middle 90s when he headed to Fairmont State to play football.

“I was a theater major,” Mac McLean confessed. “It wasn’t until I got into coaching that I gave it much thought.”

Mac McLean only got into coaching because similar to his situation, his brother got the St. Clairsville job rather late relatively speaking and was scrambling to a degree.

“I promished (Brett) a year, and I fell in love with (coaching),” Mac McLean said. “Getting back into football made my change directions in my life and it’s worked out for the best.”

A one-year promise turned into 12 seasons, which featured a run to the Division IV state championship game in 2012.

“I watched him go through this process (of becoming a first-time head coach) as a much younger man than I am, and I just hope I handle it as well,” Mac McLean said. “I enjoyed every minute of my time at St. Clairsville and with Brett, but this is just too good of an opportunity to pass up.”

Throughout the interview process, Mac said his brother was his biggest fan.

“Brett’s excited about the whole thing, not only because of it being his brother, but it’s our alma mater and a place we both really care about,” Mac McLean said. “He believes I deserve this opportunity, and I hope he’s right.”

Taking over for Sean Blumette, who was at the helm for two seasons and stepped down to accept an assistant principal’s job, Mac McLean is taking over a squad that’s finished 3-7 each of the last two seasons.

The elder McLean is working on building a coaching staff and plans a meeting in the next few days to get the Bruins’ on the right track.

“We’re going to get together and figure out what’s the best path for us to take,” Mac McLean said. “We’ve got some good kids coming back and we’ll work to put them in the best position to be successful.”

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleader-online.com