Zach Brown, an 11-year assistant at Wheaton College, has been named varsity baseball coach at Franklin High.
Brown, the longest tenured assistant coach in program history, was the Lyons' top assistant for six years (2003-08), serving as the team’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Wheaton won 10 NEWMAC regular season titles and nine conference tournament championships in his tenure.
As a student-athlete, Brown served as the only four-year captain in program history before graduating magna cum laude. Brown helped the Lyons qualify for their first three NCAA Tournament appearances. During his junior season, Brown hit a career-high .319 with 26 RBI in 29 starts.
Brown will take over a Panthers team that finished the 2013 season with a 9-9 record overall and 8-8 mark in the Hockomock League under Dave Niro, who has retired. In the last decade, Franklin has won four Hockomock League titles and made eight MIAA playoff apperances.
“[Franklin is] getting a true leader who will instill in those young men a great work ethic and a true sense of accountability,” said Wheaton College head coach Eric Podbelski.
“This much I know, whatever the ceiling for Franklin High School baseball is, will be reached each and every year. His players will develop a great passion for the game of baseball, will learn to take pride in playing it the right way and will always know that no matter what, coach Brown is in this to help them reach their potential, both individually and as a team."
Brown is the son of Don Brown, the defensive coordinator of the Boston College football team and formerly head coach at Northeastern and UMass-Amherst.
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