June 16, 2011

Blaine Brown Chosen to Lead Tornado Baseball

Blaine Brown has been named head baseball coach for King College after having served as the Tornado’s assistant coach for the past two seasons.
 
“I am honored to serve as head coach for the Tornado,” said Brown.  “King’s baseball team is top-notch.  With such a great foundation, I know I can build upon the Tornado’s past successes and help move them to even greater heights.”
 
Brown received his Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, Kan.  He began his coaching career at Drexel University, a NCAA Division I school in Philadelphia, Pa., where he worked with the Dragons’ catchers and helped the team improve in statistical categories.  The Dragons had the fifth-best season in the school’s history during Brown’s term.
 
In 2003, Brown worked with Major League Baseball serving as a MLB International Envoy in San Paulo, Brazil.  While scouting over 300 players during his time in Brazil, Brown also assisted with player development along with organization and coordination of practice plans for National teams.  Brown also worked with high school age players at the semi-pro level and assisted the Junior National Brazilian team in the World Championships.
 
Brown’s experience includes two years as an assistant baseball coach for Slippery Rock University in Pa., two years as head baseball coach for the New Market Rebels, an NCAA Sanctioned Valley League Baseball, in Va., and four years as an assistant baseball coach for NCAA Division I University of Maryland prior to coming to King.
 
While at the University of Maryland, Brown worked with virtually every aspect of the team including instructing hitters, infielders, and catchers, as well as coaching third base, running the offense, supervising the teams travel, and managing all areas of compliance.  He also served as the assistant recruiting coordinator and academic support liaison.  During his term, Brown also assisted ten players in signing with Major League Baseball, including Brett Cecil with the Toronto Blue Jays.  He also helped guide the Terrapins’ 2008 team to a 30-win season, only the second time in the school’s history.
 
“We are delighted to have someone with Blaine’s vision and experience to head up Tornado Baseball,” said David Hicks, athletic director for King College.  “He has served the team admirably in his capacity as assistant coach, and we are confident in his ability to advance the team’s success.”
 
“I consider myself a throwback coach who believes in small things,” said Brown.  “I want my players to have an attitude of gratitude on and off the field.  I believe this approach helps develop a whole person, not just a great baseball player.  My goal is to see our players walk on campus as freshmen and graduate four years later as well-rounded team members, students, and citizens.”