Eastern Florida State Names LSU Shreveport Assistant Steven Brown as New Head Baseball Coach
By Space Coast Daily // June 24, 2021
Titans program had 61 wins in the past three seasons under Jason Arnold
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College has hired Steven Brown as its new baseball coach.
Brown comes to Eastern Florida State College from LSU Shreveport where he was an assistant coach for the 45-16 Pilots that made it to the second round of the NAIA World Series.
The team finished No. 10 in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll.
“The excitement is through the roof, I have wanted to do something like this forever,” Brown said.
“Not only to become a head coach but to become a head coach at a school like Eastern Florida State College. The dynamics of junior college, to me that is the most exciting part. To be able to recruit both sides of the ball, get a kid out of high school and develop him for two years and be able to send him to a four-year school or pro ball, whichever comes first.”
The Huntington Beach, California native began his collegiate career at Orange Coast (Calif) College, where he played for the legendary baseball coach John Altobelli.
Altobelli his wife and youngest daughter were tragically killed in the Kobe Bryant Helicopter crash on January 26th, 2020. Brown also coached with Altobelli in the Cape Cod League in 2012 for the Brewster Whitecaps.
Brown began his coaching career as an assistant for the Brainerd Lakes Lunkers in the Northwoods League, helping guide them to the lowest earned run average and opponent batting average in the league.
He coached Steven Brault, who is with the Pittsburgh Pirates now, and Ray Black who pitched for the San Francisco Giants.
With Antobelli in 2012, Brown had one of his most talented teams as he helped coach Michael Lorenzen, a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Austin Voth finished third in the league in strikeouts and was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Nationals and Tom Windle, a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, that placed fifth in earned run average while playing for Brown.
Current Major League Baseball standouts Aaron Judge, Jeff McNeil, Luke Weaver, and Ryon Healy were all coached by Brown that summer.
Brown has also been an assistant coach at Jackson State, Eastern Kentucky, and Point University where he was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons.
During those four seasons, Point University went 100-69 including a school-record 37-win season in 2018. Brown’s team made it all the way to the NAIA championship game in 2018, losing to Georgia Gwinnett.
Brown plans to bring a west coast style of baseball to the Titans.
“We are going to run the bases, play extremely hard,” Brown said.
“We are going to have to bunt when we need to, pitchers are going to have to fill up the zone. That is the style that I like to play. Watching a lot of junior college baseball in Florida in the past, there are a lot of teams that play that way but there are also programs that live by the long ball. It really depends on the dynamic of the team, but I like that fast-paced style.”
Brown takes over a Titans program that had 61 wins in the past three seasons under Jason Arnold. Arnold resigned to become the youth pastor at Georgianna Church in Merritt Island.
“I would like to thank Associate Vice President of Athletics (Jeff) Carr and President (Dr. Jim) Richey for this opportunity to be the next head coach at Eastern Florida State College,” Brown said. “I can’t wait to meet the guys and get things rolling.”
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