Josh Brewer Named Niwot Football Coach
By BRUCE WARREN
“I’m excited,” Brewer said. “I’m hoping the fact that I’ll bring a good attitude and high energy to the program every day helped me get the job.”
Brewer played one year of high school football at Greeley Central before going on to play safety and linebacker at Bethany College for two years. “I was late developing,” he said. Brewer transferred to the University of Northern Colorado where he played safety for two seasons.
After completing his college playing career, Brewer went on to play four seasons of semi-pro football, including two seasons as quarterback with the Colorado Ice in Loveland.
While at UNC, Brewer earned both a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in sport & exercise science. At Arizona Western, Brewer taught exercise science and fitness classes, as well as freshman orientation. He plans to pursue a Colorado teaching certificate and will serve as a substitute teacher his first year back in Colorado.
While Niwot will be Brewer’s first head coaching position in football, he served as head track coach at Northridge for four years, where he also assisted in football, coaching quarterbacks and defensive backs. He also served as an assistant coach at Greeley Central before moving to the college coaching ranks.
Western Arizona finished with a perfect 11-0 regular season record last year, before losing 55-47 in the El Toro Bowl. At Western Arizona, Brewer coached defensive backs and special teams, while also serving as strength coach. He believes his collegiate coaching experience will serve him well as Niwot’s head coach.
“My first job is to get a qualified staff,” Brewer said. He hopes to hire a large staff to give players one-on-one attention. His Colorado Ice teammate Gary Moore, who played offensive line for the University of Colorado, will serve as an assistant.
Although Brewer’s most recent coaching experience is on defense, he thinks he may end up running the offense. “We’ll keep it simple,” he said. “We’ll be a running team and control the clock.”
Involvement in the community is high on Brewer’s list. “I’ve heard that Colorado’s youth programs are inferior to other states,” he said, and he hopes to change that. Brewer is aware that Niwot has a reputation as having a strong youth sports program, and he hopes to build on that.