Special to Atmore News
Atmore First Assembly of God will have a special speaker this Sunday, July 22, at 11 a.m. – Chad Prewett.
Many will remember Prewett from his coaching days at Escambia Academy. Now he’s in the higher echelons of the coaching staff at Auburn University.
Prewett is entering his fourth season on head coach Bruce Pearl’s staff and his first after being promoted to director of basketball operations in April 2017. He spent the previous three seasons as the special assistant to Pearl after joining the program in June 2014.
Prewett, who came to Auburn following a seven-year run at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, handles all of coach Bruce Pearl’s coordinated external relations and events, and was the team liaison with various departments on campus, including marketing and media relations.
Prewett is very involved with the Pearl’s AUTLIVE initiative to benefit cancer patients in the fight to beat cancer as well as the Bruce Pearl Fore the Children Golf Classic and Bruce, Barkley and Basketball Golf Classic. He directs all of the Bruce Pearl Basketball Camps.
He also offers support in the Auburn Tip-Off Club, which resumed activities in 2014-15 following a two-year break and saw the highest participation in club history.
Prewett joined the staff at Lee-Scott Academy in 2007 as both the boys and girls basketball and track coach. He led the varsity boys basketball team to the 2012 AISA State Championship, a runner-up finish in 2011 and the Final Four in 2009 and 2010. Over the years the Lee-Scott boys team’s went 139-31. On the girls side, he led the program to four AISA State Championships (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013), a runner-up finish in 2014 and the Final Four in 2008 and 2010. .
Five times he was named the AISA All-Star Game Coach; he was the 2009 AISA Coach of the Year; and the OA News Coach of the Year four times (2012 – boys; 2008, 2009, 2011 – girls). He also coached the AISA Track State Champions in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Prior to Lee-Scott, Prewett was the varsity boys basketball and track coach at Faith Academy in Mobile from 2004-07. He led the boys basketball team to the 2006 AISA State Championship, the 2005 Final Four and was the 2006 AISA All-Star Game Coach and Coach of the Year. He led Faith Academy to a 63-21 record.
Prewett started his coaching career at Escambia Academy. From 1995 to 2004, he was a coach for the basketball, football, golf and track teams and added the title of Athletics Director from 1998-04. Escambia Academy was awarded the AISA Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Program in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Prewett earned a bachelor’s of science from Troy State University in 1994 in health, physical education and recreation, and a master’s degree in Foundations of Education in 2000. He and his wife, Tonya, have three daughters: Madison, Mallory and Mary Mykal.