The 2022 Burnet High School football coaching staff will have some new faces after familiar coaches left to climb the coaching ladder.
Two new hires at Burnet are Colton Brewer, who will be the quarterbacks coach, and Trevor Couch, who will be the receivers coach.
Brewer will replace Wood as the quarterbacks coach, a position the head coach has held on every staff he’s been apart of since 2000. Couch replaces Chase Burns, who became the running backs coach at the new Killeen Chapparral High School.
“We were looking for quality assistant coaches and lots of high-energy guys,” Wood said. “Guys who are interested in coaching quarterbacks are chasing offensive coordinator. If a guy wants to coach quarterbacks, he wants to be the offensive coordinator and head coach. I was looking for exactly the right fit, and coach Brewer was the right guy.”
In 2021, Brewer was the head coach at Crosbyton High School where the Chiefs went 4-7 overall, 1-3 in District 5-2A Division II and lost to Archer City 59-0 in a bi-district championship. Brewer served as the offensive coordinator at Junction for two years before moving to Crosbyton.
During the interview, Wood asked Brewer “to coach me like I was a quarterback who didn’t know anything,” and the head coach liked what he heard and what he saw.
“Coach Brewer will build close relationships with those quarterbacks,” he said. “I’ll spread myself out and be routinely moving through the other positions. The first thing you see is coach Brewer is a kid magnet, meaning they’ll do what he says and he’ll have an immediate attraction.”
As Wood was checking Brewer’s references, a couple of traits stood out.
“He’s a high-energy guy, and we need high energy on our staff and in our program,” he said. “He did a great job in his interview of selling himself on the quarterback position. The references on his resume were full of championship coaches. They all said if you can get that guy, do it today. It was a pretty easy decision for me.”
Wood was equally enthusiastic about Couch, a member of the Shallowater High School staff. The two worked together on that staff for three years.
“He was my wide receivers coach at Shallowater,” Wood said. “That’s a huge hire because he already knows the system, he already knows what we’re doing. He’s a motivator and program guy. He’s family to me; he knows what to expect.”
Wood said he’s still trying to hire another coach and hopes to do that quickly.
The Bulldogs also said goodbye to special teams coordinator Reid Ware, inside linebackers coach Tim Hoppe, and defensive backs coach Cory Warner.
Ware returned to Childress High School, his alma mater, to be the offensive coordinator, while Hoppe, who is originally from Oregon, took a head coaching job in Idaho to move closer to family.
Warner, a 2007 Burnet High School graduate, moved up U.S. 281 north to become the defensive coordinator and head track and field coach at Lampasas High School.
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