Science Hill looking for new track, cross country coach after Brockett's resignation

Dave Ongie • Jul 11, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Jennifer Brockett wore a lot of hats during her 12 years at Science Hill High School.

Now it’s up to Science Hill athletic director Keith Turner to fill all of them.

Brockett confirmed on Monday that she has resigned her teaching position at Science Hill and will be taking a teaching job at Dalewood Middle School in Chattanooga. Brockett has been the head girls’ cross country coach at Science Hill for the past 12 years and took over the boys’ program four years ago. She was also the head coach of the track program for the past three years after serving as an assistant for nine years.

Brockett said the timing just seemed right to make a career change.

“The steps, the process – everything was very natural,” she said. “It just felt like that was my path. It’s kind of where I need to go and need to be. There’s an opportunity at that school to impact the students in that area.”

Brockett won’t be coaching in Chattanooga, at least not initially. But she said there are some options on the table if she does want to get back into athletics.

“They have a track and field team, but they do not currently have a cross country program, so there is that opportunity to possibly develop something there or to possibly develop a more community-wide youth athletic program,” Brockett said.

Turner said on Monday that the Johnson City School System has posted Brockett’s job and will be looking to hire a replacement. Seeing as Brockett coached so many different teams, Turner said he will remain flexible when it comes to distributing Brockett’s coaching duties.

The most pressing need is cross country seeing as the Science Hill boys and girls will be starting a new season next month. Turner said that assistant cross country coach Ryan Edwards will be overseeing the training programs for both teams until the head coaching situation is resolved.

Brockett said leaving Johnson City is certainly bittersweet, but she’s proud of the work she was able to accomplish.

“You always want to leave what you started in better condition than where you found it, and I feel like that’s what I’ve done,” she said. “They’re at a point where they’re thriving.”