New Chickasha baseball coach Jeff Brewer has a vision.
"We’re excited," he said.
Brewer's hiring was approved by the Chickasha School Board on Tuesday. He is taking the reins from Paul Elkouri, who spent two seasons at the helm of the program.
The Chickasha baseball program has a successful history with two state championships and several trips to the state tournament. Brewer's vision for the program includes building on that tradition and history.
"A history-rich program that has had a lot of state tournament appearances and two championships," he said about the program. "We hope to add to that."
Chickasha's last state championship came in 2002, and the program's last trip to the state tournament came in 2015. The Fightin' Chicks advanced to the state semifinals that season.
Brewer does bring state tournament experience to the job. He led Marlow to back-to-back state semifinals in 2013 and 2014. He also led Norman High to a 20-win season in 2019.
Brewer played baseball at Washington High School and then played college baseball at Stephen F. Austin State University. He also played professionally for a little while.
The Fightin' Chicks improved in Elkouri's second and final season, and Brewer is looking to keep that momentum going.
"We just got to right some things and get this ship rolling in the right direction," he said. "I’m excited to take on a new challenge."
He is setting high expectations for the program.
"There are high expectations," Brewer said. "We’re gonna work them (the players) hard ... and have the kids' best interest in mind.
"We expect a lot. We’re not gonna let off of that."
Brewer had multiple job offers, but Chickasha ended up being the most attractive to him.
"Jerry Don Bray’s a great leader, great administrator (and) great coach. I just talked to him, and he kind of sold me on it," he said. "They wanted what I wanted."
Brewer mentioned that he is able to bring two of his coaches from Norman with him to Chickasha, which was another attractive feature about the job.
"I’ll be able to bring two baseball guys in that were with me in Norman," he said. "We’re excited about that."
Brewer's vision for the program also includes youth sports.
"Youth sports have got to correlate with high school and with USAO, and we plan on doing that," he said.
As Brewer's tenure begins with the Chicks, he believes good things are going to happen.