U names Brewster new head football coach
By Rick Moore
Jan. 17, 2007
The University of Minnesota named Tim Brewster as the new head football coach of the Golden Gophers at a special press conference on Jan. 17 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.
U athletics director Joel Maturi introduced Brewster to the media, as well as to a few hundred fans who gathered for the public event. The hiring of Brewster caps an accelerated search that began when Glen Mason was dismissed on Dec. 31. Brewster was offered the position late Monday evening and the deal was solidified yesterday morning, Jan. 16. Maturi said that he was dedicated to finding a head coach who would energize students, alumni and fans, who would be committed to the academic performance of the athletes, and who would bring a Big Ten title to the U. Said Maturi: "Tim Brewster fits those qualities."
Bruininks comments on
Hear the audio of a statement by University President Robert Bruininks about the hiring of Tim Brewster as the new Gopher football head coach.
"I pledge to you, I'm going to do everything in my power to bring a championship to the Twin Cities," said Brewster.He began his coaching career in 1986 in the Big Ten at Purdue University, where he coached tight ends and offensive tackles as a graduate assistant. He is known as an energetic and tenacious recruiter, and Maturi noted that Brewster was once recognized as a national recruiter of the year. He's also credited with bringing star quarterback Vince Young to the University of Texas. Brewster said he will personally recruit the state of Minnesota and vowed that every young football player in the state will know his name. "We're going to wake up in the morning thinking about recruiting, we're going to go to sleep thinking about recruiting, and we're going to dream about recruiting," Brewster said. A former two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection at the University of Illinois, Brewster led the nation's tight ends in receiving in 1983 and captained the Illini to the 1984 Rose Bowl vs. UCLA. Brewster, who graduated from Illinois with a degree in political science, played in the training camps of the New York Giants (1984) and Philadelphia Eagles (1985). For more information on Gopher football, visit GopherSports.com.