A Lebanon High alum, Ben Brewer was the Cedars' head coach for the last five seasons, and won Section Two titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15
Ben Brewer is a Lebanon High guy through and through. As an alumnus, and as a teacher and coach.
But given the all-consuming nature of high school sports, Brewer has decided to step away from the coaching part of his commitment to LHS for the time being.
Brewer, a 1998 Lebanon High grad, confirmed in an e-mail on Friday morning that he is stepping down as the Cedars' girls basketball coach after 5 seasons at the helm and 13 total as a coach in the district's boys and girls basketball programs.
"The year-round nature of high school athletics is a huge commitment, and I have decided that the time has come for me to pursue additional personal endeavors," Brewer said in an e-mail. "I would like to thank the district administration for their unwavering support and the board of directors for providing me with the honor of being the head basketball coach at Lebanon High School. I am forever grateful and thankful for the opportunities afforded to me."
The Cedars went just 5-17 in Brewer's final season at the helm, thanks in part to the back injury that plagued star sophomore forward Alexis Hill. But in all his tenure was a very successful one which included two Lancaster-Lebanon Section Two titles back-to-back in 2013-14 and 2014-15, two district playoff appearances, and one state tournament berth.
He was also active in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Cancer Awareness Night, and Lebanon won the L-L Officials Sportsmanship Award during his time at the helm.
"I have tried my best to have an impact on the on the young women who came through the doors every day and put in the work to be a part of our program," Brewer said.
The coordinator of Lebanon's Virtual Academy, Brewer played for the boys basketball team at Lebanon under John Barnhart in the late 1990s and has also served as the co-head coach of the LHS golf team.
He began his coaching career in 2004 as the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball coach, later joining Paul Blackburn's varsity staff before moving to the girls program as an assistant to Carlos Sanchez. He then took over the program when Sanchez stepped down after the 2010-11 season.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching basketball in the Lebanon School District," Brewer said. "I feel grateful for the knowledge, experience and friendships that I have gained.Thirteen years ago I joined our great athletics staff as a boys 7th and 8th grade basketball coach. It was truly a dream come true. It has been my goal since being hired in 2004 to make my alma mater proud of the student-athletes I have coached."