"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10 NIV
The East Texas Baptist University Athletic Department has hired former Navarro College Head Coach and 2013 Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Central Texas Coach of the Year, Brian Mayper to take over the program. Mayper has an extensive coaching background with leadership at the NCAA Division I, II, III, junior college, and professional levels. Mayper's coaching background has prepared him to take over the Tiger football program. He has made coaching stops at Lamar University (NCAA Division I), Southern Arkansas University (NCAA Division II), Howard Payne University (NAIA, NCAA Division III), Navarro College (NJCAA), and professionally in Europe. Mayper now brings his knowledge and strong Texas recruiting ties to ETBU. "We are excited to announce Brian Mayper as the sixth head coach of the ETBU Tiger Football program," Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin said. "Coach Mayper brings a wealth of experience to ETBU and understands and embraces Christ-centered athletics and a program that is committed to discipleship. His passion for mentoring young men through the sport of football is exactly what we strive for in a head coach and his dedication to excellence and his faith aligns with our vision of athletics as a leader of the ETBU football program." His character and life experiences as a coach will continue to move ETBU's faith-integrated program forward. Already involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mayper has recruited, mentored and coached numerous players that have advanced to professional football careers. He has started three FCA Huddles on college and high school campuses. Coach Mayper created a discipleship program geared to mentoring young men in their Christian faith over the course of his football coaching career. "My family and I are truly blessed and honored that God has laid a path that will allow us to carry out our call to be servant leaders at East Texas Baptist University," Mayper said. "During our visit with Dr. Blackburn and Ryan Erwin we were excited about the Christ-centered programs that are in place and how it aligns with our core values in serving the community as we disciple and teach players about God's glory. We will succeed as we set high expectations to be 'Champions' on the field, in the classroom, and a light throughout the world." Mayper was overseas coaching for the Belgrade Wolves in the Central European Football League before coming back to the United States. He was the head coach for one year in Europe guiding the Wolves to a 12-3 record finishing as the European Championship runner-up in 2016. In that year, he coached Mihailo Josovic, the SAAF MVP of the European League. Upon his return to Texas, Mayper took on the role of passing game coordinator at Brennan High School this past year. Prior to Mayper's coaching stint overseas, he was the head coach at Navarro College for three seasons going 26-6. In those three seasons, Navarro was nationally ranked and won two bowl games. His first team in 2012 went 10-2, winning the SWJCFC Championship and the Heart of Texas Bowl, finishing ranked fourth in the final NJCAA poll. The following year his team won the Brazos Valley Bowl, going 9-3 overall and were ranked 12th in the final NJCAA poll. The 2014 season brought a 7-3 record, a final ranking of 14th in the nation, and a Navarro program record for highest scoring team, with 528 points (52.8 points per game). Being a part of history at Lamar University, Mayper was on the first coaching staff that restarted football in 2010. He was the associate head coach under Ray Woodard for two seasons, and also coached wide receivers and special teams. He left Lamar with two program records in the longest punt return for a touchdown and most kickoff return yards in an individual season.