Eagle River football under new leadership

Former assistant Jason Brewer takes over for Kenny Ray


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Eagle River head coach Jason Brewer talks to quarterback Peter Kott during a scrimmage on Aug. 4. Brewer is in his first season as the Wolves’ head coach.

MATT TUNSETH

After three years under Kenny Ray’s direction, Eagle River’s varsity football team will be led by first-year head coach Jason Brewer.

Brewer, who served under Ray as an assistant for two seasons, brings a wealth of football knowledge to the team. He coached for 12 years in Texas, including six as a head coach.

As a player, Brewer was a standout linebacker at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, where he was named an All-American in 1995. He also spent time on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad.

Late last year, Brewer retired from the U.S. Army after returning from a tour in Afghanistan and Pakistan and started new job with the National Guard.

Brewer said he brings consistency to the team.

“The kids know what to expect with me,” he said.

And he expects a lot.

“I’m gonna push them,” Brewer said.

Brewer said he also holds himself and supporting staff to a high level.

“I expect a lot of myself and my coaching staff,” he said.

Brewer isn’t the only familiar face returning to Eagle River’s program this season. Assistant coach Ryan McMurray is back, as is offensive coordinator Jim Reeves, who coached junior varsity last year.

Donald Ramey, Travis Duxbury and Steve Patin round out the Wolves’ coaching staff.

Brewer is taking over a program that has struggled to win since joining the Cook Inlet Conference in 2006. Under Ray, the Wolves went 5-19 and are 6-42 overall in six seasons.

Brewer said he doesn’t separate JV and varsity, rather everyone practices together to better the whole program.

“We’re trying to create that continuity,” he said.

The team has responded well to Brewer’s leadership, said incoming senior lineman Andre White.

“I like the new attitude coach brings,” he said. “He’s really good about giving everybody confidence.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727.

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