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Fresh off helping lead Florida State to the 2013 BCS National Championship, Tim Brewster will enter his second season as the Seminoles' tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2014. During the 2013 season, Brewster mentored junior tight end Nick O'Leary to one of the greatest seasons ever by an FSU tight end. Following the National Championship campaign, the charismatic veteran college and professional coach also secured the nation's No. 3 recruiting class according to ESPN, assuring the Seminoles will continue to have the foundation to compete for national titles into the College Football Playoff Era.
It's no coincidence that O'Leary had one of the best seasons of any tight end in the country in Brewster's first year at FSU. Brewster was the tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers from 2002-04 and the Denver Broncos from 2005-06 after coaching that same position at North Carolina from and Texas from 1989-2001. Brewster coached All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates while with the Chargers and saw six tight ends sign NFL contracts during his UNC and Texas tenures. He was the head coach at Minnesota from 2007-10 and the wide receivers coach at Mississippi State in 2012.
In 2013, O'Leary was dominant force on a Florida State squad that set the national record for points (723). One of three finalists for the Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end, O'Leary totaled 33 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns en route to All-ACC Second Team accolades and All-America Third Team honors from CBSSports.com and Lindy's. O'Leary averaged 16.9 yards per catch - a mark that led all tight ends in the nation and 27 of his 33 receptions went for a touchdown or a first down. In addition to helping the Seminoles set the national points mark, O'Leary's blocking and receiving talents helped the Noles set the FSU and ACC record for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67), while leading the country with 94 touchdowns.
Heading into 2014, Brewster and the Seminoles will have some more depth to play with at the tight end position with the return of redshirt senior Kevin Haplea, who will give FSU a veteran backup to O'Leary and viable option in two-tight end sets after missing last season with a knee injury. The Seminoles also have redshirt freshman Jeremy Kerr, who showed promised this spring.
With Brewster leading the charge, FSU had another spectacular Signing Day in 2014, inking 13 ESPN Top 300 prospects, three consensus five-star recruits in the 247Sports composite rankings, 13 four-star players and 11 three-star Noles. ESPN ranked Brewster the nation's No. 6 recruiter for 2014, while 247Sports rated him No. 7.
The Seminoles' recruiting class was rated No. 3 nationally by ESPN and No. 4 by 247Sports.
Brewster joined the Florida State coaching staff in February of 2013 following a stint in 2012 as the wide receivers coach at Mississippi State where he helped the Bulldogs break several records. Brewster was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2007-2010 before spending the 2011 season as a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He led the Golden Gophers 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 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.