By Maurice Patton
Ronnie Brewer wouldn’t have left Hampshire for another coaching job.
But after leading the Lady Hawks’ girls basketball program for the past two years, and serving as an assistant for a year prior, an opportunity to move into administration beckoned and Brewer answered.
Brewer began duties this week as assistant principal at East Hickman High School in Lyles.
“I would have never taken another coaching job,” he said. “I love the Hampshire folks. Hampshire is the best place I ever worked. It was a hard choice because of my girls.
“But it was the right move for me career-wise.”
The 53-year-old, who also served as athletics director for four years at Hampshire, leaves the school as one of Maury County’s three that is without a girls basketball coach as classes are set to start Monday. Culleoka and Spring Hill also have openings, though both are believed to be in the final stages of filling those positions.
“I’m excited for him – but I hate it for our girls,” Hampshire principal Sonya Cathey said. “It’s a very tough time. Hopefully the position should be posted soon, and we’ll go from there to see if we have any candidates, see who’s best for our girls.”
In his two seasons succeeding Darah Owens, Brewer led the Lady Hawks to a cumulative record of 35-17, extending the program’s run of region tournament appearances to three with back-to-back berths.
Owens, who assisted Brewer over the past two years, is expected to be an applicant for the vacancy.
“We’re looking to see what is the best fit for Hampshire girls basketball,” Cathey said. “Darah is an option. As far as I know, she is going to apply. We’ll see.
“We’re hoping to find some great candidates.”