Brian Brazil Memorial Fund
David Brian Brazil was born on July 15, 1964, in Pasadena, Texas to parents Charlie and Mary Lue Brazil. Brian was the youngest of three children. Brian surrendered his life to Jesus Christ as an 8-year-old boy, which began a lifetime of committed service to Christ.
Brian graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas and went on to play football at TCU under legendary Coach Jim Wacker, where he earned All Southwest Conference honors. While at TCU, he served as TCU FCA vice president and met the love of his life, Birdie Mellado. Upon graduation from TCU, he had a brief stint with the Houston Oilers as a free agent where he concluded his playing career.
Coach Brazil began his coaching career in 1988 at Shepton High School in Plano, Texas where he coached 9th grade football and basketball. In 1989 Coach Brazil moved to RL Turner High School in Carrollton where he coached defensive ends and later the offensive line.
He married Birdie in June of 1989. Then in 1992 he began a seven year run at Lewisville High School coaching under Head Coach Ronnie Gage. Brian coached the defensive line from 1992 - 1995 and assumed the role of Defensive Coordinator in 1996. While at Lewisville, the Farmers won two state championships in 1993 and 1996 as well as qualifying for postseason play each year. While at Lewisville High School, Brian and Birdie welcomed their three children, Danielle, Gabrielle, and David.
Coach Brazil was selected to be the first head coach in 1999 at the new Lewisville ISD School, Hebron High School. Hebron began varsity play in 2000 and the Hawks made the play-offs for the first time in 2002. Hebron won the Class 4A Division II State Championship in 2005 with a 16-0 record. While at Hebron, the Hawks won five district championships and coach Brazil was named District Coach of the Year 6 times and State Coach of the Year in 2005. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Tom Landry Award from the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors in recognition of service and contributions to high school coaching. In 2016, Brian received the Dallas Area Tom Landry Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Brazil served on the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors from 2007 - 2010 and served as the THSCA President in 2011-2012.
In May of 2022, Coach Brazil accepted the call from Prestonwood Christian Academy to become the Senior Athletic Director and retired from his public-school career. He was excited to begin this new chapter and immediately fell in love with his new calling. Most recently, Coach Brazil was inducted into the THSCA Hall of Honor in July 2022.
Brian was actively involved at Prestonwood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and student ministry Bible study teacher. He enjoyed traveling and recently developed a love for disc golf. His great passions were his Lord Jesus Christ, his family and being Pops to Logan Maxine and Maverick Brian Mitchem.
Brian is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Birdie Brazil; children Danielle Mitchem and her husband Tyler, Gabby Brazil and David Brazil and his wife Lexie; grandchildren Logan Maxine and Maverick Brian Mitchem; father Charlie Brazil; siblings Donna Jackson and her husband Jeff and John Brazil and his wife Laura; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Lue Brazil.
Thank you for helping us honor this community leader who made a lasting difference. Please consider making a gift to honor Brian Brazil and help establish a scholarship for students with the form below.