The Pelham native has been looking to put his mark on a varsity program since he got into coaching.
Brewer, 33, will have his chance this season as the new head coach of the Curry High School boys basketball team.
“This position opened up for a varsity job and I jumped on it,” said Brewer, who spent last year as the middle school boys coach at Clay-Chalkville. “I always wanted a varsity job. I’m hoping to come in and set a foundation. I want to build a program here.”
Brewer takes over for coach Mike Cain, who will serve as the JV boys coach this season.
Brewer, the son of a coach, played at Pelham High School and continued his career at Northwest Shoals Community College. Once his playing career was over, he got his degree from the University of Montevallo and has been coaching since. He spent his first three years at Riverchase before coaching the Oak Mountain Middle School boys for four years.
“I’ve always coached in the Birmingham area,” Brewer said. “I hadn’t heard much about Curry, but I knew it was a varsity job and that was all that I needed to know.”
Brewer has been working with his new team for the last few weeks. The team returns a few seniors from last year’s team that went 12-14 and finished one game out of the playoffs. The highlight of the season was a pair of narrow wins over arch-rival Walker.
Several of Curry’s players are still practicing football and will join the squad starting next week.
“I love our leadership, especially seniors Jaxon Aaron and Tyler Fikes. Right now, everybody is buying into what we are tying to accomplish and what we are trying to set forth as a program. The first thing that needs to be done is we’ve got to coach up the kids. We’re looking to get better every day we come into the gym. We aren’t looking at X amount of games we need to win,” Brewer said.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to try to build a program that the players, the students, the administration and the community can be proud of. There is talent here — it’s very raw. There is a chance for Curry to be much better than they’ve been in the past.”
The basketball season opens at Meek on Nov. 18. Curry also plays at Carbon Hill on Nov. 19 and hosts Addison in the home opener on Nov. 21.