Following an extensive career as an assistant coach between the Division I, II, and NAIA levels and serving as a talent scout for various levels throughout his career, Blaine Brown led the Tornado to back-to-back 30-win seasons in his first two years at King. The Torando qualified for the Conference Carolinas Tournament in each of his four years, including runner-up finishes runners-up each in 2013 and 2014.
King got off to a solid start in 2017, starting 7-4 before entering Conference Carolinas play. However, the Tornado struggled, finishing the season 19-27 with a 9-18 mark in league play. The Tornado hit .298 as a team, ranking fifth in the conference and Bubba Ruiz was selected Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year as well as second team All-Conference Carolinas.
In 2016, the Tornado battled injuries and finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-30, going 10-17 in Conference Carolinas play, narrowly missing out of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. On the year, outfielder Ryan Whitt led Conference Carolinas with a .430 batting average, garnering first team all-conference honors and All-Region recognition from three different organizations. Mark Hencken and Ryan Sattz also earned all-conference honors, and along with Whitt, Dylan Sligh earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.
Brown guided the Tornado to another Conference Carolinas Tournament berth in 2015, leading King to a 16-10 conference record, only dropping two league series all season long. The Tornado took two-of-three from the top two teams in the conference, Erskine and Mount Olive to help earn the fourth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. King got off to a slow start, but won eight-of-nine games from March 7-21 and ultimately ended the season with a record of 24-26.
In 2014, the Tornado got off to a slow start, but got hot down the stretch as the won their final seven regular season games, including six Conference Carolinas matchups to qualify for the Conference Carolinas Tournament. King won their first two tournament games before falling to top seed University of Mount Olive. The Tornado then won their next game to face a rematch with Mount Olive in the championship game, but the Trojans edged King to give the Tornado their second straight runner-up finish. In all, the Tornado finished with an overall record of 24-29-1, including a mark of 11-10 in conference play.
Brown guided King to a 31-20 record in a 2013 season that saw the Tornado qualify for their second consecutive Confenence Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado won their first three games of the tournament, and were one win away from an NCAA Tournament berth, before dropping back-to-back game to Coker. In his two years at the helm, the Tornado have a 4-3 record over perennial Division II power Mount Olive College, including a 3-1 mark over the #1 ranked Trojans in 2013. Five of Brown's student-athletes were named All-Confernece Carolinas, and two earned All-Tournament honors.
In his first season manning the top step, Brown led the Tornado to a 30-win season and a postseason berth in just their first season as a member of Conference Carolinas and NCAA Division II. Led by a three-headed monster pitching staff that finished 22-14 in 39 starts and posted 10 complete games, King went on to win five of their last six games against the top two teams in their division, qualifying them for the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Not only did the Tornado make the tournament, but won their first postseason game in a 9-4 decision against Pfeiffer University.
The 2012 squad finished in the top-3 as a team in multiple offensive categories including runs scored (3rd), triples (1st), home runs (2nd), runs batted in (3rd), stolen bases (t-3rd), batting average (3rd), and slugging percentage (3rd). That offense helped King break into the league with a monster 22-3 win over Barton College in its first Conference Carolinas contest in the program’s history and was one of two 20-plus run games of the season.
Brown and the Tornado were rewarded for their successes in 2012 when three members of the team were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference Team and were awarded the Messick Sportsmanship Award by the conference. The Tornado helped King achieve the most student-athletes named to the 2011-12 Presidential Honor Roll, 190, by leading all teams with 19 recipients. Bryant Walker achieved one of the highest academic honors when he was named a Capital One Academic All-American, presented by CoSIDA.
While an assistant with the Tornado from 2009-11, he helped construct a team that made two NCCAA World Series appearances and was one win away from the championship game in 2011. Brown was responsible for hitting and defense while overseeing the catchers and infielders of a Tornado team that finished with a 30-16 overall record in 2010 and ended the year ranked fifth in the country by the NCCAA. That year, King was ranked eighth in NCAA Division II in stolen bases, 18th in stolen bases per game, and ninth in defensive fielding percentage. Brown reloaded the Tornado lineup in 2010 with one of the largest recruiting classes in the country, topping out at 32 players representing eight states. That class produced eight All-Mid-East Region players and one All-American between 2010 and 2011.
Prior to joining the Tornado, Brown was an assistant coach with the University of Maryland from 2005-2009. He helped 10 Terrapins sign Major League Baseball contracts, including current MLB players Brett Cecil (Toronto Blue Jays) and Justin Maxwell (New York Yankees). His 2008 squad was the second Terrapin team in school history to hit the 30-win plateau and made an appearance in Baseball America’s top-30 rankings that season. That season, Maryland finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and set a school record in fielding percentage (.975).
Brown’s involvement with top-tiered baseball programs began when he served as the top assistant coach at Slippery Rock University (Pa.), a perennial top-25 NCAA Division II program. In two seasons (2004-05) with The Rock, he helped his teams to a NCAA regional berth and averaged 30 wins per season. Three of his recruits went on to earn NCAA All-Region honors and 10 played their way to All-PSAC honors.
From 2004-06, he was the head coach of the New Market Rebels (Va.) of the Valley Baseball League (VBL). Eighteen players signed professional contracts and an unprecedented franchise turnaround after he inherited the team mid-way through the 2004 season. Brown took the helm of a 6-20 team and led the Rebels to a 16-4 record in their final 20 games of the season en route to a playoff berth. Over the next two seasons his teams amassed a combined 65-35 record. In 2006, the team recorded 34 wins to set a new franchise record and won its first pennant in 26 years. They were ranked as high as 13th for collegiate summer league teams, the first such ranking in team history.
Brown began his coaching career at Drexel University (NCAA Division I) in 2002. In just one season, he helped the team improve in its play behind the dish and in the outfield while accomplishing many of the behind-the-scenes tasks to help Dragon Baseball earn its fifth-best record in school history.
He spent the summer of 2003 in Sao Paulo, Brazil working for Major League Baseball as an International Envoy to help develop and scout talent at the high school and semi-pro levels. He also assisted the Brazilian Junior National team in their quest for the 2003 World Championships.
A native of Richmond, Kan., Brown was a four-year letterman at the University of Saint Mary (NAIA) as a catcher for the Spires from 1998-2002. During his tenure at Saint Mary he was a two-time All-Conference and All-Region honoree. In 2002, he was named to the NAIA All-American and Academic All-American teams after establishing himself in the top-10 of multiple offensive categories that still stand today. In 2009, Brown was inducted into the Saint Mary Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated from Saint Mary’s with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2002.
Brown currently resides in Bristol, Tenn., with his wife Jennifer and daughter Bella.