After leading the Sevier County program to unparalleled success for the last 22 seasons, Steve Brewer is riding off into the sunset.
Brewer will submit his official paperwork of resignation to the Sevier County superintendent on Monday and will start a new chapter in his life as the Minister of Discipleship at the First Baptist Church of Sevierville.
"This job offer came at the right time," Brewer said. "I've been able with a lot of help to accomplish a lot in my coaching career and I believe in perfect timing."
"This is the right time to step away from coaching, the program is on the upswing and it has a lot of momentum surrounding it."
Brewer turned the Smoky Bears program around after taking over in 1992 and led Sevier County to 18 playoff appearances and a 156-84 record during that span.
His overall record in his 33 year head coaching career is 213-141 as he was 57-57 at his alma mater Fulton where he was head coach from 1981-1991.
"I think head coaches sometimes get too much credit and too much blame," Brewer said. "I have been very fortunate to have a very supportive administration, fans, community and a ton of good players and fantastic coaches."
"I think the best thing I done was get out of my coaches way and let them coach the kids up."
The Smoky Bears are coming off an 11-2 season and have won 10 or more games four of the previous five seasons, including the last three.
He led the Smoky Bears program to a 1999 Class 5A state title a 31-27 win over Glencliff which is the only state football title in school history.
Brewer's teams have been a model of consistency as they have made the playoffs 15 of the previous 17 years.
The Smoky Bears won at least seven district titles (1992, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) including the last five district 2-AAA titles.
Sevier County has won 27 consecutive district games and is 34-1 since moving to that district in 2009.
In an Examiner.com special report on Class 6A teams records since 2009, the Smoky Bears had the third best record in that time frame with a 50-10 record.
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