Adding to his already considerable baseball resume, Linfield College baseball coach Scott Brosius has been appointed as manager of the USA Baseball 18-under National Team that will compete in the COPABE “AAA”/18U Pan American Baseball Championships in late September.
Brosius, who is entering his fourth season as head baseball coach at Linfield this spring, will continue to coach the Wildcats. During a period of respite following the college season, the three-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees will direct the nation’s top amateur team.
Brosius is among several coaches and administrators named to USA Baseball’s 2011 staff on Monday. Brosius is joined by 10-year Major League Baseball (MLB) veteran Brian McRae, who is serving as one of the team’s assistant coaches for the second consecutive summer. Current Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau scout and 2009 18U National Team assistant coach Willie Romay will also reprise his role with the team this summer. Aldo Plata was also announced as the team’s certified athletic trainer.
“For me, this is a very exciting opportunity,” said Brosius. “First, to be able to represent the United States in international competition is something that deep down I have always dreamed about. To be able to go out and put on a USA uniform and represent your country is something very few people get to experience.
“Coaching with USA Baseball also represents a new and fresh challenge. I’m looking forward to going though the process of all the planning and selecting of players from across the country. To be able to be part of the construction phase of building a great team is going to be a lot of fun.”
“Scott will be a significant addition to the 18U program,” said Brant Ust, USA Baseball 18U National Director. “We’re excited to see him teamed with two veterans of the program in Brian and Willie, and to provide our young athletes with his knowledge, perspective and leadership, both on and off the field.”
A former Linfield Wildcat himself, Brosius has compiled a 100-38 win-loss record in his first three seasons at the helm of the college’s baseball team, while twice leading his club to regional titles and Northwest Conference championships. In 2008, he led the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Finals, and in 2010 guided Linfield to third place at the NCAA championship tournament.
Brosius began his professional career in the minor leagues in 1988 and spent a total of 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Oakland Athletics and Yankees. He won three World Series titles with New York in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Brosius was a Golden Glove award recipient, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, and played in the 1998 MLB All-Star Game.
The selection process for the 2011 18U team will be commence in June. A contingent of hand-picked players will compete for roster spots at the Tournament of the Stars, June 22-26, at Cary, N.C., site of the USA Baseball national training complex.
Brosius and the coaching staff will pare the team to 28 players and that group will continue to train through the end of June.
The players will then return to their hometowns before reconvening in September for nine days of additional preparation at the national training complex.
The Pan American Championships are slated for Sept. 23-Oct. 2 at Cartagena, Columbia.
About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit www.USABaseball.com and www.GoldenSpikesAward.com, and you can also follow USA Baseball on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/USABaseball) and Twitter (@USABaseball) as well.
Coaching USA team represents 'fresh challenge'
Director of Sports Information
McMinnville, OR 97128