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Brewer named new Rockdale baseball coach

Jon Brewer had been looking for the perfect opportunity for some time, and he believes he’s found it in Conyers.

After eight seasons as an assistant coach, Brewer was named the new head baseball coach at Rockdale High School recently. Brewer, who last coached at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough in 2014, takes over for Justin Arrington in the Rockdale dugout.

“It’s something I’ve waited a long time for. I’ve been real selective with the job process because I wanted to be in the perfect situation,” said Brewer. “Rockdale is a perfect opportunity for me.”

Before working at ELCA, Brewer was an assistant at his alma mater, Elbert County, where for four of his six years he coached under new Eastside High School head man Bruce Evans. Brewer also coached at Franklin County under former Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Brent Honeywell. Now Brewer takes the reigns of his own program, one that’s been to the state playoffs in each of the last two seasons. It’s also a program filled with promising ninth and 10th-grade players.

“Obviously I hadn’t met with the a lot of the players, I meet with them Friday (but) I have done some homework on a good many of them and apparently we have some good ones coming back,” said Brewer. “More importantly than that, we have crop of ninth and tenth graders that are supposed to be very special. We’re excited about the talent…this influx of talent coming in. We are in an ideal location here, it’s a tremendous opportunity.”

Not only does Brewer bring plenty of experience from his last three stops, but he also learned a lot from Chan Brown, who was his head coach at Elbert County from 2000-2001 and now is Parkview’s coach.

“I kind of watched (Brown) grow to what he is now,” said Brewer. “The players want to go (to Parkview). Coach Brown has just done a great job to continue to build on that with his players, that’s what we’re trying to do here and that’s what we will do here. It is my strong belief that we can have every opportunity to get to that point.”