Langley boys’ lacrosse Coach Earl Brewer, who is believed to have more career wins than any other active Washington area public school lacrosse coach, is stepping down after 21 seasons leading the Saxons, he announced in a letter to the team’s parents and the school community this week.
Brewer cited a desire to watch his son, Drew, play his senior season at Chantilly next spring as a reason behind the resignation.
“This was no easy decision for me but after consulting with my family and coaching staff I think the time is right for this move,” Brewer wrote in the letter, which he also sent to The Washington Post. “I leave with nothing but wonderful memories and long lasting friendships that I will treasure forever.”
Brewer, 59, has been involved with youth lacrosse in the area for more than 30 years and served as the first lacrosse coach at Fairfax before moving on to Langley in 1995. He has recorded 325 career wins, more than any other public school lacrosse coach in Virginia High School League history, according to laxrecords.com.
Brewer turned the Saxons into the state’s pre-eminent public school lacrosse program until recently, winning an unprecedented four-straight state championships from 2009-12. Langley finished this past spring with a 14-9 record and advanced to the Virginia 6A state semifinals.
Brewer becomes the third notable Washington area boys’ lacrosse coach to leave his post in recent months. South River’s Paul Noone and longtime St. Mary’s Ryken Coach John Sothoron (438 career wins) have also resigned since the spring season ended.