Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 17, 2013

Navarro’s Mayper named FCA Coach of Year

Navarro College football coach Brian Mayper had no idea, no clue — not even a hint.

And in the end, he was as surprised as much he was honored when he found out he was the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year on Saturday in Waco, where the FCA held its fifth annual Super Centex Victory Bowl at Floyd Casey Stadium.

“My wife knew,’’ Mayper said. “She had known since February, but she kept it a secret.’’

Mayper’s wife, Theresa, never said a word. The couple had planned a vacation trip to San Antonio, but on Friday she told her husband that she was too tired to make the drive all the way to San Antonio on Saturday and suggested they stop in Waco.

“We got the tickets in the mail for the game, but I still didn’t know anything about (the Coach of the Year award),’’ Brian Mayper said. ”She did a good job of keeping the secret. Stuff like that usually gets out.’’

Mayper was named the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Coach of the Year last fall after leading the Bulldogs to the conference title, a 10-2 record and a fourth-place finish in the nation in his first year as the head coach at Navarro. But he said winning the FCA award meant more.

“I was the coach of the year in football because we won the conference, but winning the FCA award means more because of what the FCA stands for,’’ Mayper said. “To be honored as the coach of the year in Central Texas is a tremendous honor.’’

Mayper was humbled by winning the award.

“I feel like it’s undeserving,’’ he said. “All the glory goes to God. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. When I got there a year and a half ago, it’s something I wanted to do in my first head coaching job to help with FCA on campus. We did some stuff with Habitat for Humanity and we brought a lot of speakers in to talk to the kids. And I talked to them about their spirituality and tried to make an impact on them.

“When you do stuff like that, you’re basically doing it so the kids have a chance to accept Christ. Championships are going to come and go, but eternity is the most important thing for them.’’

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