June 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Josh Brewer, assistant coach for the women's and men's golf teams at Southern Cal, has been named head women's golf coach at the University of Georgia, Director of Athletics Greg McGarity announced on Monday.
"Josh has experienced tremendous success at every level of his golf career," McGarity said. "Josh excelled as a student-athlete at Indiana University and as an assistant coach for five years. The last four years for the University of Southern California golf program have been remarkable, and we are confident Josh will be able to bring a very high level of experience to our program."
Brewer has been an assistant coach for both USC golf teams since 2008. During his tenure, the Trojans and Women of Troy have combined to win two PAC-10 Championships and produced a National Player of the Year, a National Freshman of the Year, 12 All-Americans, three PAC-10 Players of the Year and two PAC-10 Freshmen of the Year. In addition, USC has produced two Curtis Cup and two Palmer Cup participants.
"My wife, Selena, and I are excited to be joining the University of Georgia family," Brewer said. "We want to thank Mr. McGarity and the entire UGA Athletic Department for having the faith in me to lead one of the nation's best programs. I have been blessed to learn under some of the country's greatest head coaches and I look forward to using these lessons in leading the Georgia Women's Golf Program. It is a program that has a rich and storied history beginning with one of women's athletics greatest visionaries and leaders, Liz Murphey. I want to help build on the tradition she started at UGA of winning championships while graduating our student-athletes. I also look forward to working closely with Coach (Chris) Haack and the men's team as we build Georgia Golf into the nation's best. Go Dawgs!"
Prior to his stint at USC, Brewer served as assistant men's golf coach and assistant club professional at Indiana University, his alma mater, from 2003-08. The Hoosiers secured NCAA Regional bids in four of Brewer's five seasons in Bloomington and advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2008 for the first time in a dozen years.
"Josh is someone who I have seen out on the recruiting trail recruiting both men and women," said Georgia men's golf coach Chris Haack. "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."
Brewer was a four-year letterwinner for the Hoosiers from 1994-98. He helped Indiana reach the NCAA Championships in 1996 and an NCAA Regional in 1997, as well as capture the Big Ten Championship in 1998. Brewer, the 1998 Indiana State Amateur Champion, was selected as an All-American Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in 1997 and 1998 and was tabbed Academic All-Big Ten in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
A native of Brownstown, Ind., Brewer earned two degrees from IU – a bachelor's in Business Management in 1998 and a master's in Kinesiology in 2008.
The University of Georgia sports one of the most traditionally rich women's golf programs in the nation. The Bulldogs claimed the 2001 NCAA Championship and have posted 25 top-25 and 20 top-10 finishes at the national championships over the past 34 seasons. Three Georgia golfers have captured individual national titles – Terri Moody in 1981, Cindy Schreyer in 1984 and Vicki Goetze in 1992.
Georgia is set to host the 2013 NCAA Championships next May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. It will mark the fourth time the UGA course has hosted the national championships, following 1981, 1983 and 1993.