Brown Named Assistant Softball Coach
PEMBROKE – UNCP head softball coach Lacinda Melanson has announced the addition of Megan Brown to her coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2012 season. She will start her duties immediately.
"We are very excited to have Megan joining us," said Melanson. "She has been a successful player and pitcher for a handful of elite teams throughout her collegiate and professional playing career. Megan has also gained valuable experience being a volunteer for Auburn softball the past two years while pursuing a doctorate degree. She will bring a great deal of additional experience and knowledge to our program. Megan is a very motivated and hard working coach. I am confident that she will be a great role model for our young ladies to learn from on and off the field. "
A former standout pitcher for Florida Southern, Brown was a three-time all-American and holds virtually every career pitching record for the Moccasins. She tops the Florida Southern all-time lists in wins (124), earned run average (0.69) and strikeouts (997), and she is third all-time in NCAA Division II history in wins, sixth in shutouts (58) and seventh in strikeouts. She was named the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year on three occasions, and was named the league's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2007 after earning two academic all-American distinctions.
In her senior season, she led the Moccasins to a 51-15 record en route to a SSC championship as well as a South Region Championship and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship. She posted a 34-10 record during her that season while leading the conference with a 0.79 ERA and en route to recording 37 complete games and 15 shutouts. During her four year career, the Moccasins placed second, third and fourth nationally.
Following her stellar collegiate career, Brown spent time with the Michigan Ice and Rockford Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch Softball League, earning a league championship with the Thunder in 2009.
She also pitched for Great Britain in the 2011 World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla. She threw a complete-game, four hitter in Great Britain's 3-2 win over the Czech Republic and also started the fifth-place game in which her team took a 6-1 victory.
Prior to coming to UNCP she spent two years as a volunteer coach at Auburn and has also pitched for two years in Italy.
She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Florida Southern in 2007 and a master's degree in education from Florida Southern in 2009. She is currently finishing her doctorate degree in sports pedagogy at Auburn.