- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

DONIPHAN, Neb. (AP) - Brent Breckner is beginning his 12th year at Doniphan-Trumbull Public Schools in a new atmosphere.

For the last 11 years, the Doniphan man was a teacher and head football coach for the D-T Cardinals. This year, he has a new position: principal.

“It was a great opportunity for me to make a larger impact on the students and the staff at a place I’m passionate about,” Breckner told the Hastings Tribune.

Breckner graduated from Hastings High School, then attended Hastings College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in 7-12 history and K-12 physical education. He later earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from Doane College.

“I wanted to become a teacher because I had great teachers who enjoyed their jobs and built relationships with their students and cared about them,”Breckner said. “I decided to get my master’s to use long term so I could impact more classrooms, students and staff.”

Breckner was the coach of the2013 state championship Cardinal football team. Giving up the head coaching position wasn’t the easiest decision to make, but Breckner knows he made the right choice.

“It was both hard and easy to decide not to be head coach anymore, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become principal,” he said. “I’m still able to coach, and I still love to coach.”

Breckner still is helping coach the football team along with new head coach Clint Head.

“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff,” Breckner said. “We’ve worked well together for four years, and it’s been a smooth transition.”

On Oct. 25, Breckner will be inducted into the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame as Hastings College Alumni Association 2014 Outstanding Alumni Coach.

Having an impact on his staff and students is Breckner’s No. 1 priority and his favorite part about his job.

“By being principal I have the opportunity to work with more staff members and influence more students than I would have as still being a teacher,” Breckner said. “I also get to see and experience great things happening in the classrooms.”

Not being around students as much as before, Breckner is determined to continue to build relationships with his students.

“It’s hard not being around the students as much as when I was in the classroom,” Breckner said. “Building relationships with them is a little tougher now, but I’m making the effort.”

It is safe to say that Breckner has a special place for D-T in his heart and life, and only wants the best for the school, staff and students.

“I want this to be a place where our students feel safe, and I want to do things better and find ways to improve the school and performance,” Breckner said. “I want Doniphan-Trumbull to be a place where people want to be.”


Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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