Exactly two decades ago, Scott Brown graduated from Liverpool High School, wondering where his journey in baseball would take him.
As it turned out, it would land him in the highest level of college baseball, and last Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska, Brown, now a seasoned pitching coach, was an integral part of Vanderbilt University’s first-ever national championship in any male sport.
Growing up as part of a large and active family in the Central New York sports scene, Brown made his mark in the strong Liverpool baseball program, using that as a stepping stone to a college career that began at Montclair State (New Jersey) and continued closer to home, at SUNY-Cortland.
Not only did Brown pitch his way to second-team All-American honors by going 9-1 in the 1999 season, he found success in his personal life, too, meeting his future wife, Mary, at Cortland. They now have three children – a son and two daughters.
Just a year after graduating from Cortland, he returned to his alma mater as a pitching coach where, for four seasons, the Red Dragons were a constant contender, peaking with a 35-11 mark in 2003. They made the NCAA Division III tournament each year Brown guided the pitching staff.
That, along with professional work coaching during the summers with the Cortland Apples (2001-02) and Sanford Mariners (2002-04), drew attention from St. John’s University. Brown was named as the Red Storm’s pitching coach in 2004, beginning a nine-year tenure in Queens.
Year after year, St. John’s stood at or near the top of the Big East Conference, and Brown’s work had a lot to do with it. All told, 15 different Red Storm pitchers would sign professional contracts and four of them – Rob Delaney, Craig Hansen, Anthony Varvaro and Scott Barnes – would make it all the way to the Major Leagues.