Greg Brown was hired on June 21, 2010 to become the third head baseball coach in NSU's 22-year history. A South Florida native, he brings a combined 10 years of professional scouting and collegiate coaching experience to the Sharks baseball program.
Since taking over the program, Brown led the Sharks to their first South Regional Tournament appearance in 2011 and repeated the feat in 2012. Brown's teams have finished the season nationally ranked in both seasons of his tenure.
Brown comes to Nova Southeastern after two years of working with the Houston Astros as an Area Scout in South Florida and Puerto Rico where he was responsible for evaluating, drafting and signing potential MLB prospects.
Cruz joins the Sharks after eight seasons working as an assistant at Flanagan HS. He served as the Falcons infielders coach, grooming some of the best infield talent in Broward County. Cruz has worked with several athletes that have gone on to have enormous success at the collegiate level, including former NSU stars Eric McCans and Luis Penate.
Cruz's greatest contribution while working at Flanagan HS came from his involvement in the college recruiting process for college bound players. He helped countless seniors throughout Broward and Dade fulfill their collegiate baseball dreams.
Coach Cruz graduated from Florida International in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies. He was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior playing second base and shortstop. In 1991 he broke the Division-I national record with 1.5 walks per game, a record which still stands today. As a junior he led the team in stolen bases with 53, good for seventh in the nation. He finished with a .340 career batting average.
Since his tenure began at NSU as the assistant baseball coach, Romero has helped lead the program to numerous consecutive winning seasons. In 2011, Romero helped guide the Sharks to their first postseason appearance.
In-depth knowledge in the areas of hitting, defense and baserunning are among the many assets that Ryan brings to the NSU baseball program.
He was part of a coaching staff that was instrumental in leading the Sharks to a No. 26 ranking in the final national poll with a 30-15 mark during the school's first year in NCAA Division II competition. NSU also finished the 2003 season ranked 5th in the final South Region poll.
The Nova Southeastern baseball team and head coach Greg Brown have announced the hiring of Pete Woodworth as the program's new pitching coach for the 2014 season.
Woodworth comes to NSU with experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. After playing four seasons at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, he signed a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He pitched for the Rays' Gulf Coast League squad in 2010, appearing in 17 games out of the bullpen, going 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and notching 26 strikeouts to just nine walks in 26 innings pitched.
Following his stint in the minors, Woodworth went back to FGCU as a volunteer assistant coach, specifically working with the team's pitching staff and strength and conditioning program, before returning to the Rays organization as a part-time area scout. His responsibilities with Tampa Bay included assisting the Florida Area Supervisor by evaluating, writing reports, and taking video on draft-eligible players, and he was also assistant coach of both the West team at the Florida Diamond Club and the Rays' scout team.
Director of Baseball Operations
Gregg Bennis is currently in his first year at Nova Southeastern University as Head of Baseball Operations and a volunteer coach.
He assists in all of the off the field programs and projects such as youth camps and community outreach. Bennis also does different tasks on the field during practices and games.
Bennis will be finishing up his bachelors degree at Florida Atlantic University this spring.
While at FAU Bennis played for the Owls baseball team as a pitcher and outfielder.
Bennis was born and raised in South Florida, where he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School.