Chris Horr, who was the assistant girls basketball coach at Brewer High School this past season, has been elevated to head coach.
He was approved by the Brewer School Committee on Monday night.
Horr replaces Andy Nickerson, who resigned after nine seasons.
Brewer went 2-16 this past season after going 9-9 the previous two years.
The 38-year-old Horr is a former three-sport athlete at Brewer and he has served two stints as a girls assistant at his alma mater.
“It has been a dream of mine to be a head coach at my alma mater,” said Horr. “There are a lot of great athletes in Brewer, not just at the high school level but all the way down through the youth program. The kids want to be good, they want to be successful. There is a hunger there that is exciting. They will work hard. They are a great bunch of kids.”
He was the assistant under Mark Savage for four years, became the junior varsity coach for Nickerson three years ago and was moved up to assistant varsity coach this season.
He also has been an assistant with the football and baseball programs at Brewer and is a member of the Brewer travel basketball program’s board of directors. He also has coached at the youth level.
Horr was one of seven applicants for the position, according to Brewer High athletic director Dave Utterback.
Utterback said Horr’s familiarity with the program was a plus.
“He knows the girls and they are very comfortable with him. Throughout the whole process, the girls advocated heavily for him,” said Utterback. “He has a calm demeanor, he’s very smart and the girls really trust him.”
Utterback also said Horr “has a good background in basketball, he knows the community well and he knows what the community wants. He’ll do the best he can to bring them what they want.”
Being a varsity assistant and a former JV coach will be beneficial because he knows the players, Horr said.
“I’m a familiar face and that will help the transition. But I’m a different voice,” said Horr.
He wants to instill “Brewer pride” and said he will play an aggressive, up-tempo style of basketball.
One of the reasons, he said, is because there isn’t much height at any level.
“We’ve never had a ton of height. But we have a lot of great, quick athletes,” said Horr. “We’re going to press and push the ball up the court. We’re going to be tenacious on the boards and we will be strong fundamentally.
“We’re going to spread the ball around and we aren’t going to fear going inside against good [tall] teams because that will make our outside game better,” added Horr. “We want to make taller teams fear a small, fast team. We will respect teams but we won’t fear them.”
Horr graduated from Brewer High in 1994 and spent a year at Castine’s Maine Maritime Academy, where he played football. He then attended Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.
He is the parts manager at CB Kenworth Inc. in Hermon and he and wife Denise have three children, Ellie, C.J. and Kyle.