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Will Brewer enters his third year as Lipscomb University’s Director of Golf and head men's golf coach.
Athletics Director Philip Hutcheson announced Brewer's hiring Sept. 4, 2012.
“When considering all of the traits that we were looking for in a coach - proven competitor, established success as a coach, involved in and known throughout the golfing community and a man of character who reflects the values of a place like Lipscomb - I would have felt blessed to have found someone who met two or three of these qualifications,” Hutcheson said. “However, in Will, we have all four as he is a coach whose resume seems custom-built for a place like Lipscomb.
“His record as a competitor both during and since college, his accomplishments as a coach and teacher, his experience on the business side of the game and his reputation among all of those with whom he's worked all made him an easy choice to lead our program and to help grow Lipscomb golf throughout the middle Tennessee region and beyond.”
From day one when Brewer was hired, he laid out the steps Lipscomb needed to take in order to build a prominent golf program.
“The No. 1 thing is we need to rebrand the golf program and No. 2, we need to recruit,” Brewer said when he was hired. “If we do those things well we will have the momentum to allow us to have some conversations in the golf community and the Nashville community overall. Our desire is to have a recognizable brand.”
In two short years at the helm, Brewer has stayed true to his beliefs and has the Lipscomb brand rising.
Brewer has helped Lipscomb to eight top 10 and seven top 5 finishes, two victories and two A-Sun golfers of the week over the past two seasons. The wins were the first for the men’s program since claiming the Murray State Spring Invite in April of 2008.
The Bisons capped off the 2013-14 season with a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic Sun Men's Golf Championship, the highest finish in school history in the event.
On the tail of one of the most successful seasons in school history, Brewer signed the highest ranked class in program history for the 2014-15 season.
Brewer, a 1977 graduate of Lipscomb, was the NAIA National Champion in 1976, a three-time NAIA All-American and is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame. He is also the first athlete inducted into the Lipscomb Hall of Fame inductee and was the 1998 Tennessee PGA Player of the Year.
He has served as an instructor, teaching pro, director of golf and GM at various places including Belle Meade Country Club, The Golf Club of Tennessee and Vanderbilt Legends Club. He was named as Golf Magazine’s Instructor of the Year for the state of Tennessee and also has been presented the Lou Frank Award for cooperative service and support of the Tennessee Golf Foundation.
His two sons, Clark and Campbell, both played collegiately at Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee, respectively. Brewer has also coached six state high school champions and several college champions. He has also coached tour players as well.
Brewer’s passion for the game also helped make his selection to lead Lipscomb’s program an easy one for Hutcheson.
“Above and beyond all of the golf accolades, Will is a committed, Christian man who understands, having played and having raised two sons who both played golf collegiately at Ole Miss and MTSU; the expectations, demands and rewards that come as a result of the college athletics experience,” Hutcheson said. “I am confident that our program will benefit immeasurably from the combination of knowledge, passion and experience that Will brings to it and we am thrilled to have him here.”
Brewer quickly discovered that Lipscomb has changed in many ways since he was a student here and those changes under the leadership of Dr. L. Randolph Lowry, university president, made Lipscomb more appealing.
“Dr. Lowry’s vision is very attractive to me,” Brewer said. “I see where he wants to grow the university and, obviously athletics is a large portion of that because it can be easily branded. This was a very attractive time for me to come back and do this.
“I think I am gifted in teaching and coaching. It is a great opportunity to do this at a university that I love.”