Jim Brewer’s athletic career was limited to riding the bench on the junior high football and basketball teams in Loudonville-Perrysville Schools, and lettering for the Redbird golf team his sophomore though senior years, the very first of the Loudonville’s golf program. He also coached youth sports extensively, six years of little league baseball, and eight seasons of youth soccer in Loudonville.
His interest in sports stemmed from involvement in journalism, serving as sports editor of his high school newspaper, editor of the school yearbook, and later a sports writer and sports editor of the student newspaper at Ohio State, “The Lantern,” an experience that included covering the 1968 National Champion Buckeye football team – that was coached by Woody Hayes and included Rex Kern, Jack Tatum, Jim Otis and John Brockington; and a Final Four basketball team with Jim Clemons and Dave Sorensen.
A summer internship in 1970 with the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s sports department convinced him he was a small town boy, and so he has spent most of his career as editor of The Loudonville Times. Part of that job is still sports writing, and his coverage of Loudonville High teams, and the traditions, players and coaches there, led him to submit several nominations, over the years, to the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim and wife Sharon live in the Mohican Park area southwest of Loudonville, and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
He is a long time member and past president of the Loudonville Rotary Club; served for 21 years, several as president, of the Loudonville Public Library board of trustees; served on Loudonville Village Council for six years; is a past president of the Loudonville-Mohican Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Loudonville Youth Association, the organization that runs the youth baseball and softball programs; and in 2006 was selected as winner of the Loudonville-Mohican Area Community Service Award, which has been presented annually to an active area citizen since 1957.
Nominator: Duane Yoder