Vanderbilt baseball finds next pitching coach at St. John's

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:21pm
Staff reports

Tim Corbin tapped his Northeast roots to find a new assistant.

The Vanderbilt baseball coach named Scott Brown, who spent the last nine years at St. John's, pitching coach on Tuesday. Brown replaces Derek Johnson, who left Vanderbilt after 11 seasons to become the Chicago Cubs minor league pitching coordinator.

As pitching coach, Brown helped the Red Storm reach seven NCAA Tournaments and win five Big East Conference championships. In June, they advanced to their first Super Regional where they lost to eventual national champ Arizona.

From 2006-08, his team’s ERA ranked in the top in the nation. He has coached three All-Americans, watched 15 sign professional baseball contracts and four made it to the Major Leagues.

“Being from the Northeast, Scott is someone that I have followed for quite some time,” Corbin, who is from Wolfeboro, N.H., said. “When you ask about young pitching coaches that have made a difference, Scott’s name is widely mentioned. He is one of the most respected young coaches in our profession. He has worked under a leader that I admire a great deal in Eddie Blankmeyer and has helped St. John's gain tremendous momentum on the national baseball scene.”

Before St. John’s, Brown spent four years as an assistant at his alma mater, State University of New York at Cortland. In 2003, the Red Dragons reached their seventh straight NCAA Tournament, posted a school-record 333 strikeouts and ranked ninth in the country with a 2.93 ERA.

While at SUNY-Cortland, he was a head coach of two collegiate summer league teams. In 2004, he was named the Manager of the Year in the New England Collegiate Baseball League after leading the Sanford Mariners to the league championship.
Brown was a second-team All-American at SUNY-Cortland. As a senior in 1999, he went 9-1 with a 2.03 ERA.

“His personality, communication skills with young people and recruiting energy will fit the university and our baseball program,” Corbin said. “Similar to our coaches here, he comes from humble beginnings and understands that successful teaching lies in what you do and not what you have.”

Brown is the second assistant coach Corbin has hired in three months. In August, former Arizona State assistant Travis Jewett was named hitting coach after Josh Holliday returned to his alma mater to become Oklahoma State’s head coach.