Brookfield Athletic Director Steve Baldwin didn’t have to look too far or long to find the next man to lead one of the most consistent football programs in the state.
Longtime assistant coach Bryan Muller was named the new head coach of the Bobcats just two weeks after former coach Rich Angarano retired following 19 seasons with the team. Angarano announced the familiar new hire to players Thursday.
“Bryan is a well-respected member of the community,” said Baldwin. “He’s very connected with the kids; they love him, respect him and listen to him. He’s an excellent coach.”
Muller — who is also the school’s baseball coach — spent the last 18 years as an assistant at virtually every position for Brookfield, which went 8-3 and reached the Class M playoffs this season. Brookfield won SWC championships in 2005 and 2008 while winning state titles in 2008, 2014 and 2015.
“It’s definitely a great honor to have that experience,” Muller said. “(Angarano) built up a powerhouse program and to be trusted by him to continue that is a great honor for me and a tough match to follow. …. He’s done a tremendous job preparing me for this opportunity.”
Muller will coach the baseball team in the spring and has no plans of making a change as of now.
If there was anyone that was Brookfield through and through, it’s their new head man. A 1997 graduate of the school, Muller was a outside linebacker on the school’s undefeated state championship team the year before. Also a standout catcher for the Bobcats, Muller returned right after college to begin his coaching journey.
Muller — who has spent time as both offensive and defensive coordnator in the past 10 seasons — became Angarano’s primary assistant in 2010, and the two have worked side-by-side since.
“If there’s ever been a coach more prepared to be a head coach, it’s Bryan,” Angarano said. “He’s coached every position for me on the offensive and defensive sides. He was the offensive coordinator for our state championship teams … he did a great job this past season with our defense.”
Continuity in the program has been long stressed by Angarano and it’s a trend that will make the transition to Muller seamless.
“That’s been everything,” Muller said. “To have the continuity of some of the guys I’ve coached as players or been coaching with for more than 10 years; we all know what we’re doing and what we want. Our expectations are the same. I know the type of staff I’m getting; I have a great staff.”