By Ryan Wooley
Suffolk’s Baseball team has posted an 18-8 record and currently has only 5 more games left in their regular season. This past weekend at Suffolk, they defeated Kingsborough Community College in a double header taking the first one 10-0 and the second game 6-2. The Sharks now have a 9-1 record at home and have taken 4 straight wins in a row. I had a chance to talk to the head coach of the baseball team Eric Brown, who said,
“My time and experience here at Suffolk CC has been great as a coach as well as a player and our team this year hopes to win the Region XV Championship”
He also said, “Our players are also working hard to get all their classroom work done.” This was a very enlightening and positive thing to say and shows that Coach Brown does not only care about his players on the field but also is concerned about them and how they are doing off the field.
Coach Brown has been the Suffolk Community College Men’s Baseball coach for 25 seasons. His teams have won 4 four Regional Championships as well as going to the NJCAA Division III World Series four times. Coach Brown has also received District F Coach of the year four times. Coach Brown is a member of the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame and the Longwood High school sports of fame. Wherever Coach Brown has been, success has followed. He has proven that he is a great teacher of the game as well as a fine example for what it is to be a coach and a leader of a team. In 2010, under the guidance of Coach Brown, the team was ranked second in the Northeast Region and 16th nationally – posting a 31-11 record that season.
I was able to talk to one of Coach Brown’s former players, Dan Shouler, who told me that “Coach Brown is very humble and is a good teacher of the game of baseball. He looks to bring out the best in all of his players and build a team as the year goes on. All of the players and people I have talked to have held Coach in high regard.”
It is fortunate that there are teachers who are role models not only in academics but in athletics as well. Coach Brown has demonstrated that his selflessness and his willingness to always acknowledge others make him an incredible person as well as an incredible coach. He is the longest tenured coach currently at Suffolk. Even Suffolk County Community President Dr. Shaun L Mckay has acknowledged Coach Brown and has praised his achievements and leadership. “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.” This quote came after Coach Brown won coach of the year last year.
What makes the story of Coach Brown so special is that he attended Suffolk where he played baseball. His life has come full circle, with Suffolk Baseball being a constant and significant part of his life. Time and time again when he could have taken credit for the success he has achieved, he always has taken time to mention those around him and how fortunate he has been to coach so many good players and be associated with other excellent coaches throughout his career.
Coach Brown does not have to speak for himself, his accomplishments and achievements throughout his career do the talking for him. This school is considered one of the best community colleges in the country and it’s people like Coach Brown and the example that he sets that make that a fact. Suffolk has many teams, both Men’s and Women’s, that represent this school awfully well. Eric Brown is one coach who represents the highest of standards that exist at Suffolk Community College. Coach Brown was very generous and it was a good experience being able to talk to him.