A very familiar face will lead the Brighton High School football program into the future.
Robin Jacobs, who has been an assistant coach at Brighton since the school opened its doors in 1996, was named the program's fourth head coach on Thursday.
“I'd always hoped to be a head coach one day since I started,” said Jacobs.
He had been serving as the interim coach since Will Wolfe resigned in February to take the head coaching job at Hernando High School in Mississippi.
“This really hit me by surprise,” Jacobs said. “I thought Coach Wolfe would be here another 10 years and I'd be retired. I was happy with what I was doing, but an opportunity came.”
A committee of five people interviewed three candidates for the job, said BHS athletic director Brian Crowson.
"They had some strong points," Crowson said. "We all felt Robin had the most head coaching experience. Loyalty had a lot to do with it to. He's been coaching for about 30 years."
Jacobs was the assistant head coach under Wolfe the last four seasons, during which the Cardinals went 34-11, won three league titles and advanced to the playoffs each season.
He has served in various roles on the coaching staff, including defensive coordinator, a position he held in 2003 when the Cardinals advanced to the state quarterfinals.
Jacobs said he won't be making major changes to the team's offensive and defensive schemes.
“It will be very similar to what we're doing now,” Jacobs said. “Our kids our very familiar with it. The offense will be about the same, we're just going to work on getting better at it.”
"That chemistry that Will had," Crowson said, "we won't lose that with Robin."
Jacobs has been the head softball coach since the school opened and plans on continuing to serve in that role.
Matt McConnell, the team's defensive coordinator, recently left the program to become the head coach at Waverly High School, so there will be at least two coaching positions to fill.
Jacobs said if he can't find a defensive coordinator for next year, he will serve in that role as well next season.
He will, however, give up some of his duties as an administrator at BHS so he can devote more time to football.
Jacobs has attended every high school football game Brighton has ever played.