Adrian College director of athletics Mike Duffy announced on Dec. 28, 2016, that the institution would add a club baseball program as the Bulldogs’ 40th sport, and that alumnus Brent Greenwood will serve as the first coach for the new sport.
“Brent will be the perfect fit to start our inaugural club baseball team. He will bring his tremendous passion and love for the game of baseball to this team,” said Craig Rainey ‘89, who coached Greenwood during his four-year playing career on Adrian’s NCAA varsity baseball team from 2011-14. “His desire to get back to his alma mater and give back was very evident during his interview. The Adrian College Baseball family is excited to see one of our own step back on campus and lead another exciting opportunity for future Adrian College student-athletes.”
In the program's first season during the 2017-18 school year, all Greenwood did was pilot the Bulldogs to the 2018 National Club Baseball Association World Series title in Dubois, Pa., while outscoring their opponents 17-0 in three games. The Bulldogs finished at 22-5 overall, which also included an 11-0 NCBA District II West Conference mark. Adrian beat Edinboro two-games-to-one in the district championship series as part of a 5-1 postseason. He coached junior pitcher Kyle Stratton, who was selected the most outstanding player at the NCBA World Series.
Greenwood’s previous coaching experience included leading the Sylvania (Ohio) Southview High School junior varsity in spring 2016. He also served a season as the head coach for the Adrian Dirtbag Baseball Club 9-and-under team, and also was a volunteer assistant on the Adrian varsity baseball squad in 2017 when it won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament.
“Adrian College continues to amaze me with the addition of every sport and I think that it is an awesome opportunity for student-athletes to continue their playing careers,” commented Greenwood, who plans to start his new duties on Jan. 3. “This opportunity for me means a lot. I can't wait to give student-athletes the same opportunities that I was given at the College. I’m very excited to be part of this.
“One of my goals for the first year of the program is to create a good foundation to build on for years to come.”
Greenwood graduated from the College in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in bachelor of business administration. A two-time Dean’s List recipient, he made the MIAA Honor Roll during his junior year. As a senior, he served as the captain for the 2014 Bulldogs baseball team that went 33-15 overall, captured the MIAA championship with a 21-7 league mark and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.
The Toledo Whitmer High product was very active with community service while a student-athlete at the College, participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Boys and Girls Club volunteer for theme housing requirement; four-year Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) baseball representative; Trick or Treat patrol volunteer, helping kids stay safe on Halloween; and AC Bulldogs Field Day volunteer, partnering with YMCA and elementary school children in various sports stations.
“Brent epitomizes the Bulldog culture of excellence in academics, athletics and community service, so we are pleased that he has accepted this position to head up the latest program on the Adrian Athletics offerings," Duffy said. "His experience as a NCAA student-athlete and familiarity with both the College and the area will serve him well to attract recruits, develop well-rounded young men and build a competitive squad.”
Rainey added: “I feel that Adrian College continues to set ourselves apart as a college that gives every student the opportunity to achieve their goals. The addition of club baseball is just another avenue for students to live out their dreams of playing baseball. As a person that loves the game of baseball and the opportunity it gives young people to grow into their own person, it is just another great opportunity.”
Greenwood also left his mark on the diamond as one of the best pitchers in Adrian’s baseball history that dates back to 1901. The right-hander who posted a 14-11 career record ranks first with a 2.37 earned-run average, seventh with a .262 opponents’ batting average, eighth with 125 strikeouts and 10th with 182 innings pitched. He issued only 36 walks during his career to list second in school history with 1.78 walks per 9.
“I loved my four years at Adrian College and made a lot of lifelong friends here,” he added. “I have high enthusiasm for baseball and a vast knowledge for the game that was passed down to me throughout the years from my coaches, including Coach Rainey. I am excited to be able to share my experiences at the College to future student-athletes.”