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Coach Eric Brown Named NJCAA Division III Regional Coach of The Year.
Suffolk County Community College Head Baseball Coach Eric Brown of Coram who was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last spring, has been named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond Sports Company National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Regional Coach of the Year.
Coach Brown will be honored at the ABCA Annual Convention in Florida next January.
“Coach Brown has once again demonstrated that he is an exceptional leader. He is a credit to our institution, and I am proud to congratulate him personally and on behalf of the entire College community,” said Suffolk County Community President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.
Coach Brown has led Suffolk to six appearances in the NJCAA Division III World Series (1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2011, 2014) and is a five-time recipient of the Region 15 / District F Coach of the Year Award.
A multi-sport star himself, Brown lettered in three sports – including baseball – as a student-athlete at Suffolk. He was hired to the lead Suffolk’s Baseball program in 1987 and was subsequently inducted into the Suffolk County Community College Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
Brown is a member of the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame and the Longwood High School Sports Hall of Fame.
In addition to his program’s success on the field, the NJCAA Region 15 Umpires Association has awarded Coach Brown’s program its annual sportsmanship award four times.
What does it mean to be a Shark? It means passion, family, quality, teamwork, and success. Suffolk's athletic teams have been the proud winners of six national championships and four regional championships. In the 2013 - 2014 academic year, seven athletes were honored with placement on the NJCAA Academic All-American team, while maintaining a GPA of 3.8 and higher, and two coaches have been the recipients of the Metropolitan Referees Sportsmanship Award. Listen and watch as student athletes and their coaches express, in their own words, their pride in the Suffolk athletic program. Edited by Mary Ayers, Radio & Television intern.