After 20 years as Brock Baseball head coach, Jeff Lounsbury announced his retirement on March 24. Lounsbury posted a 507-234-5 record as the Badgers coach, as he built one of the most dominate programs in the OUA.
Lounsbury was the second Canadian university coach to reach the 500 win milestone – Terry McKaig of the University of British Columbia was the other. Lounsbury led the Badgers to two CIBA National Championships in 1998 and 1999, as the team made seven appearances in the national title game.
Over the last 15 years, the Badgers have finished first place in the OUA 10 times, in which Lounsbury has coached the team to four OUA Championships (2002, 2004, 2010 and 2014). Lounsbury was also named OUA Coach of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2014. He was also inducted into the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame in January 2016.
The most recognizable name Lounsbury coached was Andrew Tinnish, who is now the Assistant General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. Also, Dan Baribeau (2001), Raul Borjas (2002), Andrew Sorochan (2003), Adam Vella (2004), Mike Walker (2009), Saune Valeriote (2010 and 2011) and Justin Gideon (2014 and 2015) all won OUA top hitter awards under Lounsbury. Ryan Pranger (2004) and Justin Ayles (2014) were named OUA Most Valuable pitchers while being coached by Lounsbury at Brock.
This past season Lounsbury led the Badgers to a 16-2 OUA record, and a 28-7 record overall. The Badgers would reach the OUA Championships before falling to the Western Mustangs 9-4.
Lounsbury joins Bill Millar as the second Brock Badger coach to retire this year. Millar coached the Brock Men’s Soccer team for 31 years, and will be replaced by Lucio Ianiero. Also, Brock Women’s Rugby head coach Rebecca DeLaney departed this year, and was replaced by former Brock rugby player Stefanie Pavlovich.
Brock Baseball has yet to name a replacement for Lounsbury, as the Brock Athletic Department will begin searching for a new coach immediately. Brock Baseball has been one of the best programs at Brock under Lounsbury, so there are some big shoes to fill for whoever takes over the coaching duties.
Make sure to pick up The Brock Press on March 29 for a more detailed story and reactions from Jeff Lounsbury on his retirement.