McAllen High’s Kevin Brewer announces resignation

McAllen High coach Kevin Brewer stepped down as head coach of the Bulldogs on Tuesday. His time at the program comes to an end after replacing Tony Harris as bench boss in 2013.

“I just felt the time was right for me and my family personally to move on and start a new chapter in our lives and professionally,” Brewer said. “McHi has been such a good place to me and my family the past six years. In the past couple of seasons, we haven’t gotten the win totals that we need to get. I have high expectations for myself. I wasn’t meeting those expectations that I’ve set for myself and my program.”

In Brewer’s first year at the helm, the Bulldogs went 9-1 in the regular season, which was their best record during his tenure. That season marked the first year McHi won an outright district championship since 1989; the team was then upset in the first round against Brownsville Rivera.

In 2014, McHi went 8-4 overall and won a bi-district game against Laredo Alexander before falling to playoff pest Rivera again in the area round.

Brewer went 31-34 overall at McHi, but the struggles increased with time. In the past four seasons, McHi made the playoffs twice and missed twice while going 16-28 overall.

“I felt like it was time for me to move and allow McHi football a different opportunity to grow and get better,” Brewer said.

McHi was 2-8 overall in 2018 and 1-6 in 30-6A play.

The school district released an official statement Tuesday morning.

“We appreciate Coach Brewer for his leadership and contributions to McAllen High School athletics,” McAllen ISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez said. “We wish coach Brewer and his family all the best and thank him for his years of service at McAllen High.”

The coach, a former TCU student-athlete, was at McHi during a time of success across many sports at the storied program. Division I athletes graduated from his football team, statewide accolades came to Bulldogs swimmers and soccer teams.

“When you’re at McHi, you really feel part of a family there,” Brewer said. “From the faculty to the student body, to the administration, the parents, the fans, everybody – it’s all Bulldog Nation. It’s been so much fun and I’ve been so fortunate and blessed.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the kids, the athletes that I’ve been fortunate to coach the last six years. The hundreds of football players that have come through McHi, just outstanding young men. I feel really lucky.”

Brewer had the chance to coach his son, Mason, who played defensive line for the Bulldogs.

“I wouldn’t trade that for anything,” Brewer said. I was able to coach my oldest son years back and able to coach my youngest son the last four years. Those are memories that you cherish.”

McAllen High Assistant Athletic Coordinator Ruth Garcia will oversee McAllen High athletics until a new Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator is hired, according to the MISD press release.

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