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Tim Brewster joined the Florida State coaching staff in February of 2013 and will serve as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Brewster coached wide receivers in 2012 at Mississippi State helping the Bulldogs break several records. Brewster was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Golphers from 2007-2010 before spending the 2011 season as a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He led the Golden Golphers to the Insight Bowl in both 2008 and 2009 and has coached in 12 bowl games. Prior to Minnesota, Brewster spent five seasons in the National Football League. He concluded his second season as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos in 2006. Brewster instructed the San Diego Chargers tight ends from 2002-04 and held additional responsibilities as the team's assistant head coach for the 2004 season.
During his tenure at San Diego, Brewster oversaw the rapid development of Antonio Gates, who in 2004 earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and a Pro Bowl selection after playing only his second year of football since high school. Gates set an NFL single-season touchdown record (13) for tight ends in 2004 while ranking third in receiving yards (964) and fourth in receptions (81) among NFL tight ends.
Before working for San Diego, Brewster enjoyed success coaching tight ends at the University of Texas (1998-2001) and the University of North Carolina (1989-97), where he also coached special teams and was the Tar Heels recruiting coordinator. He worked on Mack Brown's staffs at both schools and developed six tight ends who signed NFL contracts.
In four years at Texas, Brewster tutored two tight ends who earned All-Big 12 Conference honors, including 1998 first-team selection Derek Lewis, and coached two players who signed NFL contracts in Lewis and Bo Scaife, who was drafted in the sixth round by Tennessee in 2005. Brewster's tight ends at Texas blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons at the school, highlighted by Ricky Williams' 2,124-yard season in 1998.
In nine years at North Carolina, Brewster mentored four All-Atlantic Coast Conference selections at tight end and helped the school advance to six consecutive bowl games from 1992-97. As recruiting coordinator, his efforts secured the talent that helped the 1997 team go 11-1 and finish fourth in the nation.
Brewster guided Alge Crumpler to second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference distinction and honorable mention All-America accolades from Football News as a sophomore in 1997. He also mentored Freddie Jones to a first-team All-ACC selection in 1995 and again in 1996 when Jones set a North Carolina single-season record for receptions by a tight end (32) to garner third-team All-America honors from Football News.
His tight ends at North Carolina were critical to the team's rushing success as their blocking helped clear the way for five different 1,000-yard seasons, including Natrone Means' back-to-back 1,000-yard years in 1991 and '92. Greg DeLong, a first-team All-ACC tight end in 1994, twice earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors for his blocking in 1996 under Brewster's tutelage.
Brewster spent 1987-88 as head coach at Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Ind., directing a wide-open offense that won 15 of 23 games during that period. He developed Indiana's passing leader in both of his seasons as head coach.
Brewster began his coaching career in 1986 at Purdue, where he coached tight ends and offensive tackles as a graduate assistant.
A former two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection at the University of Illinois, Brewster led the nation's tight ends in receiving in 1983 and captained Illinois to the 1984 Rose Bowl against UCLA. Brewster, who graduated from Illinois with a bachelor's degree in political science, participated in the training camps of the New York Giants (1984) and Philadelphia Eagles (1985).
Brewster was born Oct. 13, 1960, in Phillipsburg, N.J. He and his wife, Cathleen, have three sons: Eric, Clint and Nolan.