Eddie Brown is in his second season at Villanova in 2018 and his first as the program’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. He previously was the assistant hitting coach last season and will also continue to work with the Wildcats infielders for a second year.
In his role as the Villanova recruiting coordinator, Brown will direct the baseball program’s nationwide recruiting efforts. He was heavily involved with attracting the Wildcats freshman Class of 2021 which is set to make their collegiate debuts this season. The current Villanova roster features student-athletes from six different states, although the Wildcats have continued to attract top local talent with a total of 17 players from Pennsylvania and New Jersey among the 32-man active roster.
Brown made an impact in working with the Villanova offense as the assistant hitting coach in his first season with the team. Senior second baseman Todd Czinege was named to the All-Big 5 team for a fourth straight season and was a 29th round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft following the season. Brown also assisted with the development of freshmen Ryan Toohers and Tyler Bruno during the 2017 season, as both became mainstays in the Wildcats starting lineup. Entering his first year as the primary hitting coach, Brown has implemented a hitting program to prepare Villanova’s incoming freshmen hitters for their first taste of collegiate competition.
From a defensive standpoint, Brown worked with a Wildcats infield which was one of the best in the BIG EAST last season. Freshman shortstop Timothy Lilly started 44 games and committed just six errors all season while posting a .973 fielding percentage, while Toohers had a .987 fielding percentage at first base and Czinege a .972 mark at second for the season.
Brown came to Villanova after spending the previous four years at Wagner, including the 2015 and 2016 seasons as an assistant coach. He primarily worked with the team’s infielders in 2016, in addition to overseeing the offense and coaching third base. Brown was also the Seahawks recruiting coordinator. He previously worked with the team’s outfielders.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Brown played college baseball at both Seton Hall and Wagner. He was the Seahawks starting shortstop in 2012, when former Wildcats assistant Jim Carone was in his first year as the Wagner head coach. Brown hit .314 with 15 doubles, three home runs and 36 runs batted in to go along with 22 stolen bases in 49 games as a senior in 2012. Also batted .277 with nine doubles and a team-high four home runs for the Seahawks in 2011.
Brown is a native of Edison, N.J. and began his collegiate career playing for Seton Hall in 2008 and 2009. He played in 161 games overall during his collegiate career, with a combined 123 hits, 83 runs scored, 10 home runs and 36 stolen bases.
Brown completed his MBA in business administration management at Wagner.