MARS HILL, Maine — One of the state’s most successful high school basketball coaches since the turn of the century has decided to turn in his whistle after 15 seasons.

Tim Brewer, who guided the Central Aroostook boys varsity basketball team to four state championships and five Eastern Maine Class D titles, has stepped down from that post and was recognized this week at the school’s winter sports banquet.

Brewer’s son Chandler confirmed his father’s decision, though Brewer could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday due to work obligations.

Brewer, a 1995 Central Aroostook graduate who as a junior helped the Panthers win the 1994 Class D state title, became his alma mater’s head coach at the start of the 2000-01 season after two years as an assistant.

He guided Central Aroostook to three state championships during a four-year stretch in 2005, 2006 and 2008, with the team compiling an overall record of 86-3 during that span.

The Panthers added a fourth state championship under Brewer in 2011 and returned to the state final one more time after winning the Eastern D crown in 2013 with a regional tournament run that included three overtime victories.

His teams compiled a 251-64 overall record during his tenure, good for a .797 winning percentage with an average of 16.7 wins per season.

Central Aroostook went 216-54 during the regular season under his watch. The Panthers were ranked among the top three teams in the final Eastern D Heal points 10 different years, including No. 1 finishes in 2002, 2008 and 2011.

His teams had undefeated regular seasons in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Brewer’s Central Aroostook squads compiled 35-10 record during 14 postseason appearances that included additional trips to the Eastern D championship game in 2004 and 2009.

The only time the Panthers did not qualify for postseason play under Brewer was this winter, when Central Aroostook finished with a 3-15 record.

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...