The Bruney Family
2010 Family Heritage Award

From 1925 to 2009, the Bruney Family has been full of stand-out athletes at Martin's Ferry and beyond.

Fred and Edward "Pepper" Bruney are the two oldest living members of the Bruney family. Fred was a former team MVP at Ohio State and had a 42-year NFL career counting playing and coaching. Edward "Pie" Bruney, the father of “Pepper,” was the first to compete for the Purple Riders.

In 1927, Dave Bruney's grandfather Arthur Bruney Sr., played offensive and defensive line.

The first all-Ohioan from the Bruney family was Charles Bruney, who played fullback and linebacker and went on to play at Duke University.

The first Bruney to get into coaching was the late Robert Bruney, a member of the Little All American Team at the University of Chattanooga. He went on to become an assistant coach at Bellaire and then the head coach at Powhatan.

The late Art Bruney, Jr., father of Dave and Bill, graduated in 1946 after playing offensive and defensive line for the Riders.

Fred Bruney, now 79, graduated high school in 1948 and resides in Atlanta, Ga.

"Pepper" Bruney, also 79, graduated in 1948 and went to West Liberty State College. He returned to Martins Ferry as a teacher, coach and principal.

Bob Bruney graduated in 1959 and went on to play football at Ohio State after an all-Ohio career with the Riders. He returned to his high school to teach and coach before becoming athletic director.

Bob's brother, Thomas, graduated in 1964 after an all-Valley campaign as a halfback and defensive tackle. Dave graduated in 1969, a year ahead of his brother Bill. Both went on to Ohio University to prepare for careers in education.

Dave has been the head coach at Martins Ferry since 1979 and is now the Riders' athletic director.

Bill is retired from his post as the Ferry guidance counselor and has been a long-time member of the Riders' coaching staff. He was on the coaching staff at Steubenville in 1984 when Big Red won the state championship.

After Bill's graduation in 1970, another Bruney didn't graduate until 1980 when current Brooke High head coach Tom Bruney graduated. He was a standout football and baseball player and went to Ohio Wesleyan. He's been the head coach at Maryvale, Ariz., Maple Heights and Ashtabula Lakeside.

Tom's brothers, Bobby Dean and Fred, graduated in 1983 and 1988, respectively, after playing at Ferry. Both are in education. Thom Bruney, the son of Thomas Bruney, graduated in 1989. He got his degree at Bethany and is also a teacher and coach.

Beth Ann Bruney graduated from Ferry in 1993 after starring in volleyball, basketball and softball.

In 1999, Bill's son, Craig, graduated. He was a standout football player and wrestler and is now an attorney in New York City.

Dave's oldest son, Zach, graduated in 2000. He played quarterback under his dad and went on to play at Mt. Union College. He is now the Mt. Union College offensive coordinator.

Gina Vinci, the daughter of Carla Bruney, Dave and Bill's sister, was a basketball standout who graduated in 2000. She attended Ohio University.

Mandy Bruney, Bill's oldest daughter, was a state runner-up in the 3200-meter run during her senior year of 2001. She graduated from The Ohio State University is teaching in Pickerington.

Dave's only daughter, Ashley, was a three-sport standout for the Riders and a two-year captain. She's a graduate of Ohio University and is now an academic advisor at College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

Natalie Vinci is a 2002 graduate of Martins Ferry. She pitched for the Rider, attended Ohio Dominican and is a teacher.

Trevor Bruney was a standout in football, under his dad, and also in track. He graduated from Mt. Union College and is now working in Pittsburgh for AFLAC Insurance.

Amy, Bill's youngest child, made a name for herself in track, cross country and basketball and is currently enrolled at Ohio State's Veterinary School.

Karlen Vinci, who was a standout in softball and basketball, graduated one year ago and attends Ohio University.