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OXFORD — Leo Brunelli is a name synonymous with winning basketball programs in Granville County.
Oxford Preparatory School has announced the addition of Brunelli to its roster as athletic director, varsity men’s basketball coach and business applications teacher for the upcoming school year.
Brunelli replaces outgoing athletic director and art teacher Rick Kenner, who has taken a new position, along with his wife Kelli, at a new charter school in Monroe.
Brunelli brings a plethora of coaching experiences including 22 years of teaching and coaching in various school systems throughout North Carolina, including previous stints as varsity men’s basketball head coach at North Stanly and JF Webb, as well as varsity softball head coach at Webb.
During his 11-year tenure at Webb, his basketball teams won over 140 games including a playoff record of 14-6. The highlight of his coaching career at Webb came with the 2013 NCHSAA 3A state championship featuring former McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Hicks. In addition, during his three years as the varsity softball coach, the team earned 53 wins, including a third round playoff appearance in 2017.
In the summer of 2017, he was given the opportunity to return to his home in Pennsylvania to be closer to his parents, where he served as the varsity men’s basketball coach at Bedford High School. During Brunelli’s two years at Bedford, his team won 2019 District V/VIII AAAA Championship, which was the school’s first since 2005.
“We are thrilled to have Leo Brunelli join our team,” Oxford Preparatory School Executive Director Andrew Swanner said. “His distinguished experience as a coach, whereby each of his teams reached unprecedented heights, demonstrated the skill set our athletic program needs at this time. He brings a vision and plan that will advance our goal of continuing to advance OPS athletics to match our outstanding academic outcomes.”
“This is the perfect opportunity to return to Oxford, where my family and I had a wonderful 11 years,” Brunelli said. “I have been given the chance to lead Oxford Prep athletics and match their great academic success. I am now focused on building relationships with student-athletes, coaches, parents, administration, and the greater community moving forward.”
Brunelli is moving back to Oxford with his wife and fellow educator, Susanne, and daughter Julia.
His oldest daughter, Katelin, has committed to attend and play softball at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.