RUSSIAVILLE — For the first time since the Carter administration, Western High School has a new baseball coach.
Former Panthers diamond standout Quentin Brown was approved as the new skipper at Western’s school board meeting Tuesday night, 6-0. Board member Donna Shepherd abstained from voting due to the fact that she had family members on the same list of candidates up for board approval as Brown.
“This is something that, honestly, I have worked for for many years now,” Brown said. “I paid my dues and put in my time, tried not to get there too quickly while developing my coaching philosophy and everything I stand for. I’ve really put in everything I’ve done to be able to get to this position. What better place than my alma mater and a program with the legacy that it has?”
Brown takes over for coach Ty Calloway, who retired two weeks ago following his 36th season as head coach. Brown played for Calloway from 2002 to 2005.
“First of all I can’t say enough to thank Ty for all of his years of service and for building Western’s baseball program,” Western High School principal Rick Davis said. “The respect for him is immense and will continue forever. Western baseball will always be associated with Ty and what he’s given us. Quentin is a product of Ty. Quentin played baseball here and is Western through and through. His baseball knowledge is immense, and I think it’s going to be a great transition from coach Calloway to coach Brown.”
Brown was a three-time all-Howard County honoree during his prep days at Western, culminating with a nod to the Indiana All-Star team’s north squad in 2005.
Brown continued his baseball career at IPFW, where he was a four-year letterman for the NCAA Division I Mastadons from 2006-09.