The Lenoir City High School boys basketball program continues to make big moves this offseason after head coach Josh Brannon added former Panther standout Dylan Brewster to the staff.
“I’m super excited to work with the kids and be able to impact their lives and impact the community that I grew up at,” Brewster said. “I think it’s a special opportunity that not a whole lot of people get to do, and it’s something that I feel really honored and blessed to be able to help out Coach Brannon and hopefully do some good stuff over the years.”
Brewster, a 2015 LCHS graduate, was a 1,000-point scorer and All-District player during high school. He was named assistant head coach at LCHS on May 12.
“With Dylan obviously being from there and he knew he was moving back into the area and wanted to get into the high school level and begin a career in teaching and coaching at the high school ranks, to me, I thought, ‘What a great opportunity’,” Brannon said. “He’s a well-respected member of the community, a great guy and was a standout player there.”
Brewster attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he served as a manager and member of the Mocs basketball team.
He then accepted a graduate assistant position for the University of Tennessee Volunteers basketball team during the 2018-19 season and played an integral part in helping the team achieve a national No. 1 ranking and a trip the Sweet 16.
Following the conclusion of last season, Brewster joined former UT associate head coach Rob Lanier at Georgia State University for the 2019-20 season and helped the Panthers win 19 regular season games.
“It’s a unique opportunity for me because I was able to learn from Coach Barnes, who has won 700-something games at the Division 1 level, and he’s got so much basketball knowledge and on top of that the skill development,” Brewster said. “I think that I can really add some enthusiasm to the skill development portion of things, and that’s an area I look forward to helping.
“Scouting’s a big portion of things, so hopefully I can add some value to that department,” he added. “That’s sort of been a big part of my role on these teams is the scouting portion, so hopefully I can add those things to the team. I know Coach Brannon’s got a lot experience as well in all the facets of coaching.”
Brannon believes Brewster is the right fit to help build the Panthers program into a contender in District 4-3A.
“From the standpoint of what we’re trying to establish from culture to a basketball standpoint to the classroom, everything we’re trying to promote as a program, Dylan certainly met what I’m looking for in a staff,” Brannon said. “His caliber of playing at the college level, his background and pedigree of being able to work the last two seasons at the collegiate level with both Tennessee and Georgia State, it was a no-brainer. I thought this was a great fit, and he and I mesh well. I just thought, ‘Man, this is a great opportunity for all of us’.”
Brewster looks forward to building relationships with current and incoming players.
“I look forward to really being able to form a relationship with (Brannon) and us being able to develop relationships with the guys and really pouring into them,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it’s going to be a really good process for me, individually, but also I think it’s going to help out the guys on the team.”
Building pipelines with other middle schools and recreation leagues will be important in sustaining the program, he said.
“It’s a relationship-based business coaching is ... it’s all about relationships, and I look forward to meeting with Coach (Bobby) Johnson at (Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School) and Coach (Brad) Pompey at North Middle School,” Brewster said. “Also, I think at the rec level and that’s important, too, and I think we’re going to be able do that. I’ve coached rec league a little bit, I grew up playing rec league at Lenoir City and I think that’s an important thing, too. I think we’re going do a good job of developing those relationships and throughout the community.”