Freshman Molly Brewer has always excelled in the classroom and on the soccer field. She racked up Regional Offensive MVP and District Offensive Player of the Year honors and was selected to the academic all-conference team while playing at Glendale High School. Molly could have gone to almost any school of her choosing but decided to come to Missouri State and play for a familiar coach, her father, Rob Brewer.
Molly Brewer said there was no pressure and that the decision to attend MSU was strictly her own.
“It’s hard to say he didn’t have any influence on it,” Molly Brewer said. “He did not encourage me one way or another. He understood it was my decision to come here or to go elsewhere, but a lot of it had to do with my own personal desires.”
Rob Brewer has been coaching the Bears for 17 seasons, since the inception of women’s soccer at MSU in 1996. He also coached Molly’s club teams until she was 12.
“I think I’m a better coach because I have daughters this age,” Rob Brewer said. “It’s been very rewarding for me personally, and I hope there hasn’t been too much negative for her, though I know at some point there probably will be. But so far, so good. I’m really glad she’s here.”
Since Molly Brewer has been at MSU, the freshman forward has hit the ground running, starting four of the team’s first five matches, racking up 273 minutes of playing time and leading the Bears with 10 shots. She has made the most of her time on the field, scoring her first goal and assisting another, which places her third in total points for the Bears this season.
While Rob Brewer is pleased with the success Molly has had thus far in 2012, he is naturally more critical of her performance than her teammates’.
“I can’t say that I react more harshly, but I’ve seen her grow up and I know what she’s capable of,” he said. “But I’m always proud of her.”
Rob Brewer said he treats his daughter just like all the other girls on the team. This is probably why none of Molly’s teammates have given her too much trouble, other than the occasional ribbing, for being the coach’s daughter.
Molly Brewer said it isn’t strange for her to have her father as the head coach and that she doesn’t really think about it.
“I obviously don’t think about that stuff when I’m playing,” she said. “He’s really the only college coach I’ve had so there’s nothing to compare it to. I’ve really enjoyed playing for him so far this year.”
When asked what she calls her dad/coach, Molly Brewer laughed and said she gave it a lot of thought this summer, but in the end, the choice was easy.
“I call him ‘Dad,’” she said. “I just think it would be weird to call him ‘coach.’ He’s always Dad to me.”