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North Side to hire Wayne assistant, USF alum as new head football coach

Mike Brevard
Mike Brevard
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Ben Davis graduate to helm the Legends

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 09:41 pm

The North Side football program will soon officially have its new leader.

The News-Sentinel has learned that Wayne defensive coordinator Mike Brevard will be the head coach of the Legends, pending approval by the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees.

Brevard spent last season leading the Generals' defense during a 2-8 campaign, one year after going winless. A former football player at Saint Francis, the 25-year-old Brevard was a linebackers coach at Northrop in 2015 before joining Moore's staff.

Brevard is expected to bring on assistant coaches Thomas Tyree, Torrey Curry and Larry Davis onto his staff. The trio have coached with Brevard at Northrop and Wayne and "are my core guys and have played a huge part in helping me be the coach I am today."

"The first thing I am going to bring is accountability," said Brevard, a BenDavisHigh School graduate. "I am going to hold coaches accountable and players accountable. My main goal is to turn boys into men and men into leaders. I want kids to succeed in the classroom and eventually pursue post-secondary options."

Brevard expects to formally meet with his new team next week, a Legends squad that is coming off a 1-9 campaign. Since three consecutive winning seasons from 2011-13, including an SAC championship in 2013, North Side has won just eight games over three years.

A march back to the upper half of the SAC will be a process for Brevard and the Legends.

"One thing I want to push is development," Brevard said. "It is not as much about wins and losses (initially) as it is teaching kids the game of football and to genuinely care."

Brevard hopes that his youth will help him connect to the players while also commanding their respect. He will remain at KekiongaMiddle School as an eighth-grade history teacher. He points to  Mike Kirschner (Ben Davis), Jake Gilbert (Westfield) and current IU head football coach and former Ben Davis coach Tom Allen as his mentors.

"I went and shadowed Coach Gilbert at Westfield to understand what it takes to build a program," Brevard said. "He showed me the blueprint or what I need to do. I am excited to impact a school and a community."

Brevard replaces Mike Cochran, who resigned after one season as head coach at North after going 1-9 in 2016. 


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