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June 19, 2013

Brown is Western's new baseball skipper

Berryman steps down from AD role


He spent his first two years after college at Garrett High School, where he was an assistant baseball coach under Cisco Mireles.

Brown returned to Western and was an assistant under Calloway on the Panthers’ 2012 Class 3A state championship team. He is a social studies teacher at the high school.

“That’s where it needs to be in a sense, someone who understands the program and understands the community and school,” Brown said after being asked what it mean to him to keep the program in the hands of a Western alum. Calloway was a Western product in his own right.

“I thank God I’ve had some success here in the past as a high school student. Going off and playing college baseball and now coming back and having a chance to be the head of the program makes me excited to continue the legacy that was built before I played, while I played and afterwards. I’m excited to keep that going. It really helps having been here the last couple years and knowing some of the kids who’ve played underneath us as a coaching staff already. It shouldn’t be too hard, but I’m just anxious and ready to get going.”

Calloway finished his coaching career with a 662-301 career record for the Panthers. In his 36 years as the skipper, the Panthers won 16 Mid-Indiana Conference, 16 sectionals, six regionals, one semistate title and the 2012 3A state title, seemingly setting the bar pretty high his eventual successor.

“There’s no way I can live up to what he’s built,” Brown said. “My only [hope] is to keep it afloat. [Calloway] has built up an amazing program. I’ve played for him. He’s a hall of fame coach. Everything he did was committed to excellence. My big thing is to come in and continue to build it higher in my own fashion. There’s nothing I can say that’s going to rival or top coach Calloway. I have all the utmost respect for him as a coach, but also as a former player of his who helped me achieve my dreams of getting to the next level. All I can do to repay him is to keep the program going and continue the success we’ve had.”

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