Josh Brewer is in his sixth season as Indiana men's golf assistant coach after rejoining the Hoosier family on March 1, 2002.
Brewer has been instrumental to the Hoosiers return to the top of the Big Ten Conference. In his five seasons, IU has been represented at the NCAAs each year, won nine titles and claimed a runner-up finish at the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers made three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (2004-06), marking the first time IU collected three consecutive postseason berths since advancing to six straight from 1972-77.
Additionally, former two-time All-American Jeff Overton qualified for NCAA Regionals in 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Championships the following year, where he placed in a tie for 20th. This past season, Jorge Campillo, a first team All-Big Ten selection, moved on to NCAA Regionals.
Indiana shared the team title at the 2007 GADO North Texas Classic and followed that with a championship at the 18-team Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
Brewer is not new to Indiana as he played on the IU men's golf team from 1995-98. During his tenure at Indiana, the Brownstown, Ind., native carded a 76.33 stroke average over 139 rounds.
Head coach Mike Mayer and Brewer certainly aren't strangers to one another as Mayer served as an assistant coach to Sam Carmichael during Brewer's playing career.
"I couldn't be more thrilled to have had Josh come back to the Hoosier family," Mayer said. "Having been affiliated with this golf program for 18 years, I can honestly say that Josh was the hardest worker I have ever seen, and that's what he has brought to this program. Josh brings a level of intensity to this program that has been vital to our success. He accepts nothing less than perfection. That attitude has carried over to our players. He knows what it's like to be a champion and a winner."
The Hoosier assistant has stated that his top priority is to work and prepare the current Hoosier team for the same championship competition he longed for during his stay at IU. For Brewer, it was his performance in championship-caliber tournaments that highlighted his golfing resume.
Known for his extraordinary work ethic and determination, Brewer made an immediate impact at Indiana as a freshman in 1994. He won the Legends Invitational with a 214 (73-68-73) en route to the team's third-best average that season (77.36).
Playing as Indiana's No. 2 golfer, Brewer finished tied for second place in the 1998 Big Ten Championships, Indiana's most recent conference title. One year prior, he finished tied for eighth at the Big Ten Championships.
During his sophomore year, Brewer competed in 38 rounds, including the 1996 NCAA Championships.
"When Josh played at Indiana, I felt that he was an overachiever," Mayer said. "His amazing work ethic is what helped him become a really good golfer. He brings a lot of enthusiasm, intensity and a wealth of playing experience to the table for us."
Following his graduation from IU in 1998, Brewer set Indiana Golf Association history en route to winning the Indiana Amateur Championship that year. Brewer overcame extremely adverse conditions to win the coveted title. On a windy Morris Park Country Club layout, Brewer erased a nine-shot deficit over the final 36 holes, the largest comeback since the tournament went to medal play in 1973. He also tied a record by coming from four strokes back over the final 18 holes.
One true asset of Brewer's character that has proved beneficial to the men's team is the dedication he displayed to his schoolwork while at IU. A two-time All-America Scholar (1997, 1998) and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (1996, 1997, 1998), Brewer notes that one of his primary goals is for the golf team to achieve success in the classroom as well.
"For me, being a student-athlete and earning my degree from IU has proven very beneficial," Brewer said. "We want the best of these kids on the golf course, but we also want the best for them after their playing career as well."
Following graduation, Brewer worked as a financial advisor for Linsco/Private Ledger in Indianapolis.
Born Sept. 17, 1975, Brewer is married to the former Selena Offredo and resides in Bloomington.