Brother Martin coach happy with decision to continue coaching over collegiate job

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Since 2009, Mark Bonis has coached the Brother Martin football program. But during the off-season, he accepted an opportunity at the collegiate level.

"For me, one of the reasons I came back is for these kids. I love these kids. I love this institution," Bonis said.

He accepted a position to be the coordinator of player personnel at the University of Memphis in February. But he had a change of heart and asked Brother Martin High School officials if he could return to coach.

"I'm pulling for the University of Memphis to hopefully play in a BCS Bowl. No matter what happens here and what happens there, I'm going to be the biggest Memphis fan. I'm always checking their scores. But the decision I made was the best decision for me and my family," said Bonis.

Bonis has led the Crusaders to a record of 18-6 over the past two seasons. In 2015, the Crusaders had one of the best offenses in the state with an average of 29.5 points.

"Being a high school coach, the main reason why is the impact my high school coaches had on me. I hope to have that same type of influence and impact on the guys I coach on a yearly basis," Bonis said.

From Jamboree week to now, Bonis has seen improvement from his team. Yet, he admits, they aren't where they need to be.

"When you play in 5A football in Louisiana, you play in this district, your game has to elevate quickly. So, right now, I'm not very happy where we are. But we do believe in the process," he said.

He tells his team each day is an opportunity to get better. That starts Friday night against John Curtis Christian School at Zephyr Field.