Curley names Brendon Ireton new football coach

Brendon Ireton will return to Archbishop Curley, where he spent five years as an assistant coach, as its head football coach, school officials announced Monday.

After five years as head coach at Kent County, Ireton takes over the program where he was defensive coordinator for longtime coach Sean Murphy from 2008 to 2012.

“We are looking forward to having coach Ireton lead our football program,” Matt Hatton, Curley athletic director, said in a statement. “He is an experienced head football coach with outstanding communication and motivational skills. Most importantly, we believe he will serve as an excellent mentor to our young men.”

Ireton’s Kent County teams had winning records his first four seasons before dropping to 1-9 last fall. The Trojans reached the state playoffs four times during his tenure and won the Class 1A East regional title in 2016. He was named the Bayside Conference Coach of the Year in 2013. Ireton also has been part of the coaching staffs for the Maryland team in the Big 33 Football Classic as well as for the Maryland Crab Bowl.

A John Carroll graduate, Ireton takes over for Sean Sandora, who coached the Friars for one season as they finished 2-8 overall and fifth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. The Friars had previously won five B Conference championships. The school announced in February that Sandora was “no longer employed” by the school.

A special education teacher at Kent Island, Ireton has a master’s in special education from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he was a four-year starting linebacker on the football team.

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