Krystal Evans has added a new piece to the puzzle.
On Wednesday, the Lincoln Memorial University women’s basketball head coach announced she tabbed Eric Brewton Jr. as her new assistant coach to wrap up the summer.
“Everywhere he’s gone, he’s experienced success,” Evans said. “He’s very organized and on top of things. He’ll be a big help with the day-to-day operations as well as coaching the guards and implementing our defensive schemes. What I like about him is he brings a lot of energy — high energy and all-around good person.”
Brewton’s career in basketball started at Middle Tennessee State University under Hall of Fame head coach Rick Insell. He began as a student manager in 2011 where he was a personal assistant to Insell, responsible for court management during practices and oversaw all practice times and travel plans.
He was then promoted to a video coordinator in 2015, adding the responsibilities of scouting upcoming game film and post-game breakdowns. Brewton also developed individual player teaching videos, maintained video libraries of opponents and assisted with overseeing social media exposure among other expectations.
After graduating from MTSU with a Bachelor of Science in organizational communication and a minor in athletic coaching in 2016, Brewton was hired at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., as an assistant coach and director of basketball operations.
“Chowan University is where I did budgeting for operations, videoing coordinating and assistant coaching and academics,” Brewton said. “Pretty much did anything and everything my coach had me do, which was fortunate for me to get such experience at such a young age.”
Brewton helped guide Chowan into a winning culture, defeating No. 2/4-ranked Virginia Union and No. 6 Francis Marion during his two-year tenure under Evans’ former player, LaToya Jones. His expertise with administrative duties — planning travel, team budgeting and practice plans — gave him a huge upside when Evans was looking to add an assistant.
“The opportunity is a blessing,” Brewton said. “I want to start off by thanking God for this opportunity and Coach Evans for the opportunity for me being able to join the Lady Railsplitters. I believe it’s going to be an exciting season with a lot of energy. I hope everybody comes out and supports us for the upcoming season.”
On top of that, Brewton was a skills coach at Gardner-Webb University’s elite camp in the summer of 2017 after being a supervisor manager for an AAU team in Shelbyville, Tenn., from 2012-16.
His responsibilities at the elite camp — assisting with recruitment of future prospects, practice plans and overseeing the student-athlete’s speed, agility and skill — will be a part of his work at LMU, highlighted by working with the guards.
“I’m really good with being energized. Every time I step on the court, it’s going to be 100 percent,” Brewton said. “I’m going to be able to push those girls, especially in this generation, and as young as I am, I know exactly what these girls are going through in life and being taught to better themselves at the next level.
“I want to bring energy and teach them on-and-off the court you have to give 100 percent every time you step on the court.”