MARION — The McDowell Board of Education has hired former Avery football coach Darrell Brewer to be the McDowell High School new head football coach.
Brewer takes over for Andy Morgan, who resigned after posting a three-year record of 11-24.
Brewer takes over a program that has struggled in recent times. The Titans have an overall record of 44-124 since the 2006 season. McDowell’s last winning season was 2012 when the Titans finished 8-4, which was an improvement after they hit a low point in 2010 with a 0-11 mark.
The Titans finished the 2018 season with a 4-8 overall record and was 2-5 in the Northwestern Conference. McDowell still reached the playoffs, but lost in the first round to Mooresville 51-10.
McDowell struggled defensively in several of its NWC games. The Titans allowed a minimum of 40 points in four of their five conference losses, which included a 50-13 home loss to Watauga on Oct. 19.
Brewer coached the Avery football team from 2004-15. He finished with an overall record of 68-71 and made the playoffs every season. Brewer led Avery to the third round of the playoffs twice.
The 2005 season proved to be his best at Avery when the Vikings won the Western Highlands Conference championship. The Vikings finished with an 11-3 record, which was a program record for wins.