Josh Brewer has been named the head women’s golf coach at Georgia. Brewer replaces Kelley Hester, whose contract was not renewed at the end of the 2011-12 season.
After a cross-country move, Brewer, the former men’s and women’s assistant at USC, will begin his duties immediately. Prio to his four-year stint with the Trojans, Brewer was the men’s assistant at Indiana for six seasons. He also played collegiately for the Hoosiers from 1994-98.
Already Brewer, 36, has been reading the Georgia history books, and says it’s thrilling to take the reins of a program started by Liz Murphey, a women’s golf pioneer who championed Title IX.
“I’m very excited and honored to be coaching where she started it all,” Brewer said.
Brewer, who says he tried to soak in everything he could from the past four years under two-time Coach of the Year Andrea Gaston, hopes to restore the Bulldog program to national prominence.
“The players have been great,” Brewer said of his new position. “A few of them have reached out to me and they’ve welcomed me with open arms, which is exciting. You’re always nervous with a coach coming in somewhere.”
Said Georgia men’s coach Chris Haack on Brewer’s hiring: “Josh is someone who I have seen out on the recruiting trail recruiting both men and women. I’ve noticed he’s a tremendously hard worker…a workhorse…with a high level of energy who wants to excel and win championships. There was no doubt in my mind Josh was going to be a superstar head coach as soon as he got his chance. I’m extremely excited to be working with him to help take Georgia Golf to an even higher level.”
As for a mettle test, Brewer will end his first year at the Georgia helm by hosting the NCAA Championship. The event will be played May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. It’s the fourth time Georgia has hosted the women’s national championship (1981, ’83, ’93). A Bulldog team hasn’t been in the field since 2009.
–Information from Georgia Athletics used in this report