Three days after a season-ending playoff loss to Springfield last Friday, Brighton head football coach Mike David told the school’s administration he was resigning.

David, who has been coaching football at various schools for 26 years, said he was “retiring” as a varsity head football coach but plans on remaining at Brighton as a teacher.

“I’m very grateful to all the players I’ve coached, especially the ones at Brighton,” David said Tuesday afternoon. “I had a great time at Brighton and I plan on being a part of things here. It’s a special place.”


After serving for three years as Brighton’s offensive coordinator, David was named the team’s head coach heading into the 2019 football season. His first team went 3-7 before going 6-6 and winning a playoff game during the 2020 season. The Cardinals went 6-5 in 2021, giving David a career mark at Brighton of 15-18.

David, won three high school state titles in California as a head coach, said he may coach the Brighton freshman team.

Brighton athletic director Brian Crowson said the school is accepting applications for the job.

“We appreciate all he did,” Crowson said. “He kept the program heading in the right direction. I understand his decision. He has some kids who are getting older and family comes first.”



Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland