DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – After a nationwide search, Centre Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Tori Brown as its new head softball coach.
Brown comes to Centre after four seasons as the assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan University. During that time, she helped the Battling Bishops make North Coast Athletic Conference tournament appearances in 2014 and 2016. As an outfield coach for the Battling Bishops, OWU posted a .973 fielding percentage with Brown at the helm. Brown also spent time as a hitting coach and Ohio Wesleyan batted .310 as a team during that span.
"Centre Athletics is excited to welcome Tori Brown to the family as our new head softball coach," said Director of Athletics Brad Fields. "Tori became the clear 'fit' to lead our program forward through a combination of her poise, passion, and unapologetic desire to use the game of softball to mentor young women for life beyond college."
"I am honored and excited to be the next head coach of Centre College softball," said Brown. "After visiting campus and meeting the team and everyone in the athletic department, I knew it was the next place I wanted to call home. I am looking forward to building upon the success the program has seen and leading the program in a positive direction. A big thank you to Brad Fields and the rest of the athletic department who have already made Centre feel like home, to Cassie Cunningham and rest of my family at Ohio Wesleyan who prepared me for this challenge and to my own family and their constant support. I am ready to hit the ground running and excited to work with everyone at Centre."
A Cincinnati native, Brown is a 2013 graduate of Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete all four years and helped the Crusaders win Horizon League championships in 2012 and 2013. Brown is a member of the most decorated senior class in Valparaiso softball history.
During summers while at Valparaiso, Brown worked as both a head coach and assistant coach for 18 and under Ohio Stingrays travel organization, one of the top college softball showcase squads in the Midwest. Brown received her Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
"Tori's playing career at Valparaiso as well as the past four years as an assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan have prepared her to meet the challenge of guiding Centre Softball up the ranks of the competitive Southern Athletic Association," Fields said. "Throughout the interview process, her competitive fire was evident, as was her desire to settle in and make a home at 'the right place.' We are thrilled she's doing that at Centre College."
Besides serving as the primary camp organizer for Ohio Wesleyan softball, Brown also organized and oversaw the Ohio Wesleyan NFCA Strikeout Cancer event, which raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.
The Centre softball team posted a 24-19 record in the 2017 season, marking the most wins in a season in program history and the second highest winning percentage for Centre softball ever.