Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 1, 2013

Brook Hill promotes Brashear and tabs Lemire to fill coaching vacancies

DOC SMITH
Jacksonville Daily Progress

BULLARD — Brook Hill athletic director, Wally Dawkins went down the hall at the Kyle Lake Athletic Complex to find the Guard’s new head football coach.

As for the new man to lead the Guard diamond boys, Dawkins had to go a bit farther, up to Tyler, to shag the man he wanted.

Surrounded by a room full of media and students on Monday afternoon at the Kyle Lake Athletic Complex, Dawkins announced his three-week search for a coach in both sports is over.

Turns out, it was a Louisiana Tech-ex football player, replacing a former Bulldog on the football field, and a new career for a TAPPS high school baseball coach, deep in his East Texas baseball roots.

Brook Hill’s, offensive coordinator in football the past six-years, Bobby Brashear, will take over the reigns as the new head football coach.

Former All Saints assistant baseball coach, and local college standout, Brock Lemire will keep diamond hopes alive as the Guard embarks on a third state title in as many years, later this week.

Brashear has been on the Brook Hill staff after coming to the Tyler area as a coach at John Tyler High School. Brashear brings in 28-years as a coach, and was looking forward to the new responsibilities as the head coach.

 “I’d like to thank, Mr. (Rod, Headmaster), Fletcher, Wally (Dawkins, Brook Hill athletic director), and the opportunity to continue with this program and keep the tradition that has started here to continue, is a big plus for us,” said the former Brook Hill, Dean of Students the past four years. “The kid’s are great, and the facilities at the school are some of the best in East Texas, and the school has been so supportive of the all the athletic programs.

The Bastrop, LA., native, Brashear served as Offensive Coordinator at John Tyler in the 1989, state title run. Brook Hill won a first-ever football state title in 2010. Brashear, has been married to wife of 27-years, Linda. They have four children, Gracie is a sixth-grader at Brook Hill, and Seth is a freshman, four-sport athlete for the Guard.

As a Nederland High School graduate, Lemire was a top-notch hitter in his college days, hoping that those attributes will be advantageous with his knowledge of the game, and offense, his specialty.

While at TJC, Lemire was named the National Junior College Player of the Year, and a two-time All-American for the Apaches, and former Apache head coach, Jon Groth. The Apaches won a national title with Lemire in the lineup in 2009. He trekked to Lubbock Christian for his junior year but returned to the Piney Woods and UT-Tyler, a regional qualifier in 2011.

“It’s a great opportunity, and I can’t thank Coach (Wally) Dawkins, Mr. Fletcher and the staff enough,” Lemire said. “Tyler is a great baseball town, and Coach Pirtle has done a great job establishing a great program, and maintaining the success they have worked for over the years prior to him coming in here four years ago.

“I found out as a player, that Tyler is a great baseball town,” Lemire began talking on his new job, “and I really appreciate Wally (Coach Dawkins), Mr. Fletcher,  and all those I talked to me about the spot, and giving me the opportunity,” Lemire said in closing. “I am very blessed and privileged to be a part of the Brook Hill staff, and look forward to upholding the school’s baseball tradition on and off the field.”

The Brook Hill coaching openings occurred in early April when head football/head baseball coach Terry Pirtle accepted a job to become the new football coach at Houston Second Baptist.

Pirtle has guided the Guard to two state championships in baseball and one in football during his storied tenure.