Brian Mayper is entering his second year at East Texas Baptist University and is the sixth head coach of the football program in the NCAA Division III era. His leadership at the NCAA Division I, II, III, junior college, and professional levels have prepared him to continue ETBU’s winning tradition and take it to the next level. One of his biggest coaching accomplishments was earning the 2013 Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Central Texas Coach of the Year award. He said in his first press conference at ETBU, “We will succeed as we set high expectations to be 'Champions' on the field, in the classroom, and a light throughout the world."
In his first year, he guided ETBU to their fourth straight winning season and retained “The Claw” with a win over Louisiana College.
Record: 6-4; 3rd in the ASC
First coaching win came on Sep. 15th vs. Southwestern, 51-21
Richard Johnson broke career record for most receiving touchdowns in ETBU’s history (40)
Three players named ASC Players of the Week: Dominic Haggerty (Special Teams-Sept. 2), Brian Baca (Offensive-Oct. 7), Aaron Buckley (Defensive-Oct. 21)
Richard Johnson named AFCA and D3football.com All-American
16 players named ASC All-Academic
12 players earned All-ASC awards
Brian Baca voted to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
ETBU won their fourth straight game over Louisiana College for the “Battle of the Border” Claw
ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn shares, “We turn to a new chapter for ETBU under the coaching and spiritual leadership of Head Coach Brian Mayper. Brian has a heart for God and desires to use sports as a platform for evangelism, ministry, and discipleship. Coach Mayper shares our vision for program excellence and is committed to building our Tigers into Christ's champions."
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.
Belgrade Wolves – Europe – Head Coach
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.
Navarro College – Head Coach
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).
Lamar University – Assistant Coach
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.
Howard Payne – Assistant coach
Spending nine years at Howard Payne University, Mayper helped the Yellow Jackets to some of their best years in football. He was the co-offensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, and head JV coach in that time. He coached four all-time HPU program greats in Adam King (2004), Richard Green (2000), Tyrone Brown (1997), and Drew McMaster (2004). All four players rank number one in program history with King in passing, Green in rushing, Brown as a return specialist, and McMaster as a kicker.
In the Texas High School ranks, Mayper served as offensive coordinator and special teams coach at 6A Frisco High School, in addition to his stint at Brennan High School.
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.
Graduating in 1994 from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Mayper played one year for the Bearkats before suffering a career-ending injury. He then earned a Master of Education from Southern Arkansas University in 1995, while serving as an offensive graduate assistant coach for SAU.
He and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, Myka and Mia.