Interim Tag removed; Chuck Brewer Named Head Women’ Basketball Coach at Peru State

Peru State athletic director Steve Schneider announced recently that Chuck Brewer would be joining the Peru State athletic department staff as the permanent women’s basketball coach for the Bobcats. Brewer had served this past season as the interim coach for the ‘Cats.

Schneider said, “Coach Brewer has a proven record of successful recruitment and leadership experience. In a coaching career, one aspires to get to a national tournament. Coach Brewer previously led his prior team, the College of St. Mary (CSM) Flames, to the nationals his last four years there.”

Continuing, Schneider noted, “We have high expectations that he will do the same here at Peru State. His teams have excelled in the classroom as well and this past season his current team improved their grade point average significantly.” Concluding, Schneider added, “We offer Coach Brewer administrative support and look forward to watching the team improve over the next few years.”

Brewer served this past year as the interim coach for Peru State taking over the program late in the summer. The Bobcats finished 6-25 on the year.

Prior to coming to Peru State, Brewer served as the head basketball coach at College of Saint Mary for the previous seven seasons. During Coach Brewer’s tenure, the CSM basketball program has become a conference power. The Flames have made four straight NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2014. This past season, the Flames won their opening tournament game, but lost their second round contest.

During the last year, CSM tied for the regular season title and won the post-season tournament. At the end of the year, the Flames were ranked 17th in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll. CSM was the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) regular season and post season champions during the 2013-2014 season. The Flames were the tournament runner-up during the 2012-2013 season and the regular season runner-up during the 2011-2012 season.

Brewer was named the MCAC Coach of the Year following the 2013-2014 season. He has coached numerous MCAC players of the week and five NAIA Division II All-Americans. He has also coached 24 MCAC All-Conference athletes, two MCAC Players of the Year, one Freshman of the Year, two Newcomers of the Year, and one Defensive Player of the Year. His teams have also been successful in the classroom with 20 MCAC Scholar-Athletes, five NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and four NAIA Scholar Teams.

Coach Brewer is originally from Indianapolis, Ind., and was the Indiana high school boys’ basketball leading scorer in 1972. Following his high school career, Brewer attended Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton, South Dakota. He is the all-time leading scorer at Mount Marty in men’s basketball, with 1691 points and ranks second in assists. After his four years (1972-1976) Brewer was on the top 10 career list in no less than 11 categories and holds five season records, including points in a season.

Brewer became the all-time winningest coach in CSM Basketball history on January 13, 2014, with an 80-40 victory over Grace University.

Following his playing career, he served as the women’s basketball coach at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. In his lone season, he led the Wildcats to a 20-11 record. He also coached women’s basketball and softball at Mount Marty. In 1993, Coach Brewer was the NAIA District 12 women’s basketball and softball coach of the year. He is also an inaugural member of the MMC Hall of Fame. During his career, Brewer has been an athletic director, coach, and teacher for over 35 years in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Brewer currently resides in Peru.

Coach Brewer is ready to begin his now permanent assignment. He commented, “I am both humbled and enthusiastic about being named as the head women’s basketball coach at Peru State College. I would like to thank our administration, athletic staff, and the Peru community for their confidence and support on my appointment.” In conclusion, Brewer noted, “Our coaching staff will continue to work hard to bring the women’s program to become a power at the national level.”

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