Jarrett Shine has been a part of the Brunswick School community in a number of different roles for several decades.
And soon, his esteemed era at the school will come to a close.
Shine announced that he has decided to step down as coach of Brunswick’s football team — a position he held for 10 seasons.
A 1992 graduate at Brunswick, where he was a star running back, Shine took over the coaching helm from Sean Brennan in 2009 and compiled a record of 53-32 during his successful tenure.
Shine, who also serves as director of alumni relations at Brunswick, will leave the school for an opportunity as a high school administrator in Texas. He has accepted the position of athletic director at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Greenhill is a private, co-ed high school.
“Brunswick has been a part of my life for 30 years, I was a student here as well, so I’m going to miss being here,” said Shine, who will remain at Brunswick until the end of the school year. “This is a good move and a good opportunity for me. It’s also a good opportunity to be close to my wife’s family, which lives in Texas. Brunswick has been a big part of our lives, it’s such a great community. We had a lot of success with the football program and a lot of success with our alumni program.”
While Shine will soon begin his new role at a different school out west, an opportunity arose for Mike Hannigan.
A 2001 Brunswick School graduate, Hannigan — who served as an assistant coach on Shine’s staff the past 10 seasons and has been with the football program 11 years — is the Bruins’ new head coach.
“Mike is the guy for the job,” Shine said. “He’s detail-oriented, motivated and he gets along with the players. They believe in what he brings to the table and Mike knows what it takes to have success at this level. He also has a great connection with our alumni.”
The Bruins were especially successful under Shine’s guidance the past five seasons, posting a 42-13 record. This past fall, Brunswick finished 8-2 and earned a berth in the NEPSAC Class A championship bowl game, where they lost to Choate Rosemary Hall. In 2016, the Bruins posted a 7-3 record and were defeated by Cheshire Academy in the NEPSAC championship bowl.
The 2015 and 2014 seasons saw the Bruins win NEPSAC championship bowl games against Milton Academy and Governor’s Academy, respectively.
“Coaching at Brunswick was a great experience,” Shine said. “Over the years, as a coach and as a program, there will be ups and downs. But our kids were very resilient each season and that had a lot to do with our success. I am also thankful for the coaching staff I had. We’ve had outstanding coaches and coordinators.”
Numerous players have gone on to play football at the collegiate level after playing for Shine’s Bruins, including 2018 graduate Nick Henkel — a quarterback at Yale University. Receiver Cornelius Johnson, who will graduate in May, will bring his wide receiver skills to Michigan and Brunswick graduate Bradley Seaton is an offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns after playing at Villanova.
“Our kids were resilient, they did a phenomenal job each year,” Shine said. “When I look back on my 10 years, it’s nice to think about the growth and development of a lot of our players. A lot of them came back to visit over the years, which was great.”
Like Shine, Hannigan has longtime ties to Brunswick. Hannigan, 36, played football, baseball and hockey for the Bruins, then played on the defensive and offensive line at Middlebury College.
A history teacher at Brunswick’s upper school, Hannigan is also dean of the junior class. He served as defensive coordinator on Shine’s staff for numerous seasons.
“Two words that I’ve used in describing how it feels to being named head coach are proud and excited,” Hannigan said. “There is a sense of pride and excitement in taking over the program that you played for. It was a great next step in my Brunswick journey.”
Between being a student and coach, Hannigan has been at Brunswick for almost 20 years.
“Coming to Brunswick as a sixth-grader, I never would have imagined that one day, I would be the school’s football coach,” Hannigan said. “To be including with the list of guys who have been football coach at Brunswick is a great honor.”
The Bruins’ new coach believes he is ready for his new role after watching and learning from Shine.
“I learned so much about how to carry yourself with class and dignity and how to push through adversity,” Hannigan said. “The first couple of years were lean for us, because we were in a new league. I feel like we learned how to lose with dignity and class and win with dignity and class.
“We, as a coaching staff, learned how to mold young men and how to turn out players, who went to college programs, or off to college.”
Shine, 44, and his family plan on heading out to Texas for their next chapter in July.
“My new job as athletic director will be a different challenge for me,” Shine said. “I consider myself a coach for the coaches. It’s a great school and a great community and I want to provide the support they need to be successful.”
As for Brunswick, Shine will keep an eye out for his former football team, tracking their results as much as he can.
“I’m really proud of the program the kids built here at Brunswick,” he said. “The players believed in the system and worked hard. I’m proud of every player I coached the past 10 years. They built the program.”