Anderson, Indiana

Don Brandon to enter ABCA Hall of Fame

Thu, 2012-01-05 14:11 -- univcomm
January 5, 2012

Former Anderson University baseball coach Dr. Don Brandon will be inducted into the America Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 7, 2012 in Anaheim, Calif.

Brandon_webBrandon retired from AU in 2010 after 42 years of service and 38 years as the head baseball coach. For 20 years he coached in the NAIA and 18 years in the NCAA Division III. In his final game, the team nailed down his 1,100th win and captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

His 2010 team was the No. 1 offensive team in NCAA Division III, No. 1 in batting average, and No. 1 in slugging percentage. Two of his 2010 players were drafted (Cody Young and Chris Jarrett) . Before retirement, his team's cumulative wins ranked second among active Division III coaches and fifth on the career win list.

Brandon has a sterling reputation for developing players. During his coaching career, 34 players were drafted into the Major League Baseball amateur draft or signed free agent contracts. Many of his players achieved All-American and All-Conference status.

Brandon has been inducted into six baseball Halls of Fame. In addition to these prestigious awards, he is a nine-time NAIA District 21 Coach of the Year and a three-time NAIA Area VI Coach of the Year. Since moving to the NCAA, he has been named conference coach of the year six times and mid-east regional coach of the year three times.

His 1984 and 1987 squads appeared in the NAIA World Series and the 1993, 1998, and 2003 teams earned a trip to the NCAA Division III National Championships. AU was also the NCCAA National Champion in 1991 and runner-up in 1992. The Ravens won 14 overall conference titles during Brandon's tenure.

As a lifetime member of the ABCA, Brandon attended the last 34 consecutive conventions. He provided leadership as the NAIA district and area chairman for several years.

Brandon earned his master's from Ball State University in 1967 and his doctorate from Springfield College (Mass.) in 1976.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.