E.A. Sports Today

Monroe leaves Westbrook

First-year head coach steps away after two games, Mintz takes over team

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Two games into the run he was so excited to begin when he got it in the spring, Shea Monroe’s tenure as Westbrook Christian’s football coach is over.

Monroe resigned abruptly Tuesday, a move he described as a “mutual decision.”

Former Ragland head coach Brian Mintz will take over the team.

Westbrook athletics director Matt Kennedy confirmed the moves, but declined further details.

“We were moving in opposite directions,” Monroe said. “I wish Westbrook nothing but the best moving forward.”

Monroe was the offensive coordinator at Lincoln when he was named Westbrook’s head coach.

He took over for longtime Warriors coach Tony Osborne, who retired to become director of the Big Oak Girls Ranch. During Osborne’s run, the Warriors won five region titles and made the playoffs 12 times.

Westbrook, reclassified to Class 2A this academic year, was 0-2 with losses to Glencoe (35-0) and Sand Rock (45-21). The Warriors play No. 2-ranked Fyffe at home Friday.

“Any time you take over a program for 21 years that ran different you’re gonna have some struggles early,” Monroe said. “The buy in was great and the kids worked their tails off. That’s what I hated more than anything (about this) … We just felt like it was a better opportunity for the kids to go in this direction.”

Monroe isn’t sure what the next thing will be for him. He said he hopes to have something by January.

“I love those kids and they did a great job,” Monroe said. “They’re resilient, they’ll bounce back. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Westbrook Christian.”

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