As a home-schooler who plays high school varsity basketball at a private Christian institution, Covenant Classical School’s Jaylon Carr is a bit nontraditional.
But when it comes to getting to know Scott Brewer, his new basketball coach and the athletic director at Covenant, Carr knows how to do his homework.
“I know coach Brewer is the winningest coach in Cabarrus County history,” said Carr, a junior. “I know he won (a) state championship. I know he’s been (coaching) his whole life.”
Brewer, who won a state title with Central Cabarrus and led Concord to a state final, recently retired from Cabarrus County Schools.
Joel Staggers, Covenant Classical’s second-year headmaster says he is pleased with the reputation of the school’s current athletic program but believes Brewer’s prominence in the region will bring Covenant’s sports teams some attention, help the school schedule games against better competition and attract reputable coaches to fill vacancies.
Covenant Classical’s teams play in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, which is not affiliated with any state high school athletic association. Other WPAC schools include Challenger (Hickory), Piedmont Community Charter School (Gastonia), Grace Christian Academy (Kings Mountain), and North Hills Christian (Salisbury).
Covenant Classical has a kindergarten-through-12th-grade enrollment of 215 students; 74 are registered in grades seven-12.
The WPAC allows members to do something neither public schools nor private schools state athletic associations will allow: home-school athletes. The sport determines how many home-school students can be on a roster.
Fall sports at Covenant are boys’ varsity soccer, varsity and junior varsity volleyball and varsity and junior varsity cross-country. Winter sports include boys’ basketball at the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels, and girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball.
In spring, Covenant has girls’ varsity soccer, a baseball team that plays a hybrid varsity/junior varsity schedule, middle school baseball, middle school volleyball, co-ed varsity golf and seven-on-seven flag football.
“Sports have been up-and-coming here,” said junior Nick Deane, a basketball and flag-football player who aspires to play baseball at Covenant. “We have gotten a lot more support from the school. Coach Brewer being here is definitely a step in the right direction. I know he’s a winner. I know he’s developed some really good players.”
Brewer, 51, has coached 21 varsity seasons in Cabarrus County at Mount Pleasant, Central Cabarrus and Concord high schools. He led Central Cabarrus to the 3A state championship in 2000. With a career record of 458-158, he is the county’s all-time victories leader. His teams’ seven regional appearances include four final-fours.
Brewer last coached at Concord in 2013. For the last two years he has taught physical education at R. Brown McAllister Elementary School, where his son Ethan was a student.
Brewer says enrolling Ethan in Covenant’s Christian environment was one of the reasons he accepted the new job.
Hunter Sedergren was happy about Brewer’s hiring; he reclassified as an eighth-grader when he enrolled at Covenant last year. Sedergren was considering enrolling at another high school until Covenant hired Brewer, who coached Sedergre’s brother at Concord a couple years ago.
Brewer boasts of Covenant’s established athletic program, believing that the school’s middle school baseball team, coached by former Major Leaguer Kelvin Torve, was the best in Cabarrus County last year. He’s proud that the cross-country team, coached by Charity Leland, won the conference championship last year.
Brewer says he’s in favor of exploring a conference affiliation change, which would help Covenant beef up its schedules and improve the chances of playing in superior facilities.
“My mission is to help grow the athletic program,” said Brewer. “We feel that all kids deserve a chance to be a part of something special, and Covenant is a very special school in what it stands for and how it operates.
“We want them to be a part of something special athletically.”
Joe Habina is a freelance writer: email@example.com.