Brewer Named Hoosier Men's Golf Assistant Coach
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's golf coach Mike Mayer announced today the hiring of the Hoosiers' newest assistant coach, Josh Brewer.
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.
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 Josh come back to the Hoosier family," Mayer said. "Having been affiliated with this golf program for 14 years, I can honestly say that Josh was the hardest worker I have ever seen, and that's what I expect him to bring to this program. He also brings a lot of intensity to the table right away, which will do nothing but help this team."
The new Hoosier assistant has stated that his top priority is to work and prepare the current Hoosier team for the same championship competition he longed during his stay at IU.
"It is a great opportunity for me to come back to my alma mater," said Brewer. "Our goal is to get this program back to the top of the Big Ten. I would really like to see our program compete not only in our district, but on a national level as well."
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 of 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 conference championship. 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 98th Indiana Amateur Championship that year. Brewer overcame extremely adverse conditions to win the coveted title. On a windy Morris Park Country Club layout, Brewer closed a nine-shot deficit over the final 36 holes, which was 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 last 18 holes.
"I have competed in collegiate, state and national championships, and I really want these players to experience the same feelings I have had," Brewer said. "I had the opportunity to play on championship teams while I was here, and it's an incredible feeling."
Brewer will take over the assistant's role on March 1, replacing his former teammate, Mike Kemper. Kemper has elected to begin a sales position outside of the golf profession.
"Coach Kemper met with me over the winter break and informed me he was looking to take a new direction in his professional career," Mayer noted. "He was a great coach for us over the past four years, and I could not be more appreciative of what he has done in the past and more supportive of his plans in the future."
"My experience here at Indiana, both as a player and a coach, has been wonderful," Kemper added. "I feel that I'm leaving the program in good hands with Josh. He brings a successful and winning attitude to the program."
One true asset of Brewer's character that will prove beneficial to the men's team, is the dedication he displayed to his schoolwork while at IU. A 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 to me," he said. "We want the best of these kids on the golf course, but we also want the best for them after their 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 Indianapolis.
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