NEWBERRY – There’s a fresh face on the gridiron for the Newberry Indians in 2004, as head coach Zak Willis welcomes Mac Bryan into the fold. Bryan will serve under Willis as assistant head coach, in charge of the offensive line.
“Mac Bryan is an igniter,” says Willis. “He gets kids to play because they know that deep down, he cares about them.”
Bryan has over ten years of coaching experience in the college ranks, most recently serving as assistant head coach with defensive line responsibilities at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Prior to his two seasons with the Mocs, Bryan performed under Willis as assistant head coach at Pikeville College.
The Appalachian State graduate coached at his alma mater as a graduate assistant, before moving on to coach the offensive line at Southern Mississippi. The Traphill, N.C. native was also head coach of Lees-McRae, a junior college at the time, to three straight Coastal Conference championships and was twice named the National Junior College Region X Coach of the Year. While coaching at Lees-McRae, he directed the Bobcats to a #1 ranking in 1987.
Willis continues praising Bryan by saying, “He doesn’t motivate kids out of fear or intimidation, but out of love for the kids. The kids respond to that attitude.”
Newberry’s opening game with Webber International University was cancelled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Charley. The Indians’ home opener is against Concord College on September 4th.
Founded in 1856, Newberry College is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a proud member institution of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference, a league comprised of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.