Steve Brewer stepping down as Sevier County football coach

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One of East Tennessee's more successful, more respected football coaches is ready to dial up a new play.

After 22 years as Sevier County's head coach, Steve Brewer will hand in his resignation Monday morning.

"I'm leaving a great job to go into a great job," Brewer told WVLT Sunday afternoon.

The new job is to serve as Minister of Discipleship at First Baptist Church in Sevierville.

Brewer said it was his faith that called him to do more within his church. Once the church approved it, Brewer "felt it was the direction (he) needed to go."

Brewer compiled a record of 167-86 at Sevier County. In 1999, Brewer coached the Smoky Bears to the Class 5A state championship.

His teams were a model of consistency. Sevier County made the playoffs 18 of his 22 years and only once during that time did Sevier County end the regular season with a losing record (going 3-7 in 2007).

Brewer has been a part of a football team for 49 years, according to his math. So this season may be difficult for him. "And I'm not quite sure what I'll be doing, thinking or feeling come this fall. I don't know if I can come and sit in the stands and watch a game. I may be behind one of these pine trees peaking out from around the trunk or something. But it's been full of great memories," Brewer said.

Prior to taking over at Sevier County, Brewer was the head coach at Fulton from 1981 to 1991.

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