Shore native returns as SU baseball coach

Eastern Shore native Troy Brohawn has been named Salisbury University’s new head baseball coach, only the fourth man to lead the program since 1964.

“We are excited to have Troy join our athletics staff,” said SU Athletics Director Michael Vienna. “His vast experience and success at every level of the game of baseball is sure to bring great things to our players and the program.”

Brohawn returns to the Salisbury program after a five-year stint as the head coach of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, where he led the Vikings to the state championship in 2013.

Brohawn served as the Sea Gulls’ pitching coach from 2006-2009. During that time Salisbury posted a 149-32 record. While coaching, he also completed his degree in physical education, receiving his diploma in 2009.

“I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and this is home to me,” Brohawn said. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to return to the collegiate ranks and Salisbury University and to take the next step as a head coach.”

Brohawn was also an accomplished player, playing three years of Division I baseball at the University of Nebraska before a 12-year professional career. While at Nebraska, he was named to the Dean’s List three times and was a first-team All-American. He set a school record at the time with 123 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings and threw 13 complete games during the 1993 season.

In 1994 he was a fourth-round selection by the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. He would spend the next 11 seasons within three professional organizations in the National League West Division, making it to the Major League level in 2001, with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a relief pitcher.

That season, Brohawn pitched in the World Series, working a scoreless inning of relief in one of the Diamondbacks’ wins on the team’s way to the World Series championship over the New York Yankees.

In his three years at the game’s highest level, Brohawn made 82 appearances and finished 17 games while recording one save with a 4-4 win-loss record.

Brohawn takes over a Salisbury program which has won 12 Capital Athletic Conference championships and qualified for the NCAA tournament on 20 occasions. In 2014, the team advanced to the Division III World Series for the fourth time in program history.

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