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Kevin Brown Seeks to Make Athletics a Part of His Career

By:  Matthew Florjancic, Correspondent

BEREA, OHIO—Baldwin Wallace University senior Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference second baseman Kevin Brown (Cuyahoga Falls) knows what he wants and he goes out and gets it.

Just like fielding a ground ball or scoring a key run, the leadoff hitter knows his job and does it very well.  Brown also knows that his experiences in the classroom, in the Yellow Jacket Sports Information Office and on the baseball field will prepare him for his future as a sports agent.

Brown, who has already earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and is taking Master’s of Business Administration classes in accounting, plans to attend law school and then pursue a career as a sports agent.

“I have always wanted to be a sports agent or involved in some aspect of sport,” said Brown. “I have always wanted to work in sports and be around professional athletes.

“Nate (senior business administration and sport management major and three-year college roommate Nate Colopy from Akron) and I have always talked about beginning a sport agentry firm,” said Brown, who is a team co-captain this spring.  “We plan for me to handle the negotiation and law part of the relationship with a client, and Nate will handle the publicity/ appearance side of the spectrum.

“I have a business major, have taken pre-law and sport management classes as well as history and feel that I will learn a great deal more in law school,” continued Brown.  “I also have learned some important skills in terms of writing and communication in the Sports Information Office. My goal coming into college was to combine academics with extracurricular activity and being a four-year varsity student-athlete in an effort to prepare myself for graduate school.

“We both plan to attend graduate school next year, spend a few years establishing ourselves, Nate in business and marketing and me in law, and then begin our firm,”

Brown, who earned the OAC Hitter of the Week award earlier this spring, is excited this year’s Yellow Jacket baseball team.

“We have a veteran infield and outfield,” said Brown, a three-year starter who is the OAC leader in runs scored.  “Our pitching staff is very young and if they can come together as a group, we will have a very good season.

“We were a bit disappointed in our two one-run losses in Florida,” said Brown. “But our staff can learn from it because they have gotten to pitch a lot of meaningful innings so far this year.  We are hoping that the experience will make a difference later in the season.”

This year has been Brown’s most successful season at the plate. He is batting .352 with four doubles, a home run, a career-high 13 runs batted, an the OAC-leading 27 runs scored and a team-high-tying four stolen bases.  Brown also complements his offense with an outstanding .959 fielding percentage on defense.

Veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach Bob Fisher ‘63 knows that one of the keys to a successful program is good leadership and solid communication in the field. He also knows that with Brown on the roster, his team has an abundant supply of both characteristics.

“Kevin is a senior and guys usually look to the seniors for leadership,” said Fisher, who entered the 2006 season with a BW record 616 victories. “He is the leader and captain of the infield. He helps the guys know where to be and what’s going to happen next.

“It also is great to see Kevin have a strong senior season,” said Fisher.  “He has worked long and hard to make it happen.”

Working hard and doing well in school is nothing new to Brown.

“I do try hard because I take pride in my grades,” said Brown, who is a Dean’s List student, as well as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Accounting Association. “I have been taking 18 semester hours since I was a sophomore and never really had much trouble until this year.

“This semester has been very hectic, but the rewards for finishing will be great,” said Brown. “I honestly think I would rather be busy than have nothing to do.

“Wherever I go (to law school), I would like to make the best effort to help out with the baseball team and maybe even continue working in sports information,” he added.

From the sounds of it, Kevin Brown isn’t done working yet and still has many goals yet to achieve and you know he’s going to work hard to accomplish each of them.

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