After conducting a national search, Tabor College has hired Jeff Brewer to lead the Bluejay softball program, effective immediately. The Bentonville, Ark., native comes to Tabor after five seasons as an assistant coach with Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.
During his time at Lyon, Brewer served as the hitting instructor, defensive coach, camp instructor and recruiter. Brewer helped the Scots post four winning seasons, including a 33-14 record last season.
Before moving to softball, Brewer was head baseball coach at Pratt Community College from 1998-2007. In 10 seasons as the head coach, Brewer compiled a 314-228 record.
Brewer also has professional baseball experience, serving as a Baseball Organization Associate Scout for both the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins. Other collegiate stops in his baseball career were at Carleton College, Lyon College and Northwest Missouri State University, all as an assistant coach.
Brewer said he is excited about taking over the reins of the Bluejay program. “I have been coaching softball for the past few years and I knew that I wanted to continue coaching” he said. “I was familiar with the area from my time at Pratt Community College and we have family in the area. But the deciding factor was Tabor College. It sells itself. Everyone at the college has been great and incredibly supportive. The people we met in town were welcoming to my family and me. It is a great fit for us.”
Brewer said sharing his faith with his team is important. “As a program and as individuals, our tree for success has to have our relationship with Christ, and our faith at the top and has to be rooted in God’s Word. If we let things get out of order or unbalanced, we are making it difficult to be successful in anything.”
Brewer said he likes what he sees heading into his first season at Tabor.
“I have been in contact with some of the players and they have been outstanding,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with them. This is not a rebuilding year. There are some quality and talented players on the roster. It’s a good time to be a part of Tabor College softball.”
“We are excited that Jeff will be joining the Tabor community,” said Tabor Athletic Director Marty Ziesemer. “He brings the experience and skills to lead our softball program to continued success. He has a sincere desire to see his athletes triumph both on and off the field, and he will positively carry out the Christian mission of Tabor College.”