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Briese Named Head Baseball Coach
After a nationwide search, Centre College is pleased to welcome back Drew Briese, class of 2000, as its new Head Baseball Coach. Read More

Drew Briese

Head Coach

 

2000 Centre graduate Drew Briese joined the Centre Athletics staff as its head baseball coach in the summer of 2016.
Briese returned to Danville after serving as an Assistant Baseball Coach at perennial NCAA Division III and Southern Athletic Association (SAA) power Birmingham Southern since 2006. With the Panthers, his duties included working as the Panthers’ hitting coach, catching coach and third base coach, while also formulating defensive alignment and positioning.
During his time with the Panthers, Birmingham Southern enjoyed a great deal of success, including 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances. Briese and the Panthers captured four consecutive regular season championships and two of the last three SAA Tournament crowns. Since 2008, Birmingham Southern has posted a 281-99 record, a winning percentage of .739.

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Dakota Brown

Assistant Coach

 

Dakota Brown joined the Centre baseball coaching staff in the summer of 2017 after spending the 2017 baseball season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Centenary College of Louisiana.

 

In his career on the diamond, Brown went 98-for-296 (.331) with 60 runs, 36 RBI’s, 11 doubles, one triple, one home run, 23 walks and 11 stolen bases. From the mound, he made 16 appearances with a 2-2 record, two saves, and a 3.35 ERA.

 

Brown had a successful senior campaign for the Gents in 2016. He finished second on the team and 12th in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a .363 batting average. Leading the conference and finishing 12th in the nation with 16 hit-by-pitches, he is the Gents career leader with 37 trips to first base.

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Ryan Gaines

Pitching Coach

 

Ryan Gaines joined the Centre baseball coaching staff in the summer of 2017. 

 

Gaines graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration from Birmingham Southern in 2017 and is the all-time wins leader at both BSC as well as the Southern Athletic Association. Head coach Drew Briese coached Gaines from 2014-16 as the BSC assistant coach.

 

Gaines was the SAA Pitcher of the Year in 2016, also earning ABCA All-American and All-South Region Honors.

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Kenny Gant

Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

Kenny Gant is in his third year as an assistant baseball coach at Centre College. A Lexington native, he played his college baseball at Milligan College (Tenn.), where he was an infielder for the Buffaloes. After his playing days, he spent 15 years as an umpire in the SEC, ACC, OVC, and Sunbelt conferences.

 

Following his time as an umpire, Gant switched to coaching 15 years ago. He has coached at various levels, including high school, travel baseball, and all-star teams. Over the course of his coaching career, he guided six teams to World Series and won the 2003 Cal Ripken World Series.

 

Gant has worked with Tates Creek High School and has also served as an instructor at Champions Baseball Academy. One of his former players, Trevor Gott made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim before being traded to the Washington Nationals recently.

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