Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



COURTESY: LINFIELD COLLEGE - Scott Brosius, coaching for Team USA, decided to step down as head of Linfield College's baseball program, with designs on a big-league coaching job, as so David prepares to make the transition in baseball from McMinnville High to Oregon State. MCMINNVILLE -- Nothing has been signed or agreed upon, but Scott Brosius knows where he'd like to be at this time next year -- as a coach in a major league uniform.

The former third basemen with the Oakland A's and New York Yankees resigned on May 23 after eight years as baseball coach at Linfield College.

"When I stepped away, it was with the goal of getting back into professional baseball," says Brosius, 48. "I'd like to get back on a big-league field if I can."

Brosius quit because the last of his three children -- David -- graduates from McMinnville High this month.

"It's an awesome time, with David graduating and the house being empty, to see if I can take on something new," Brosius says. "I've loved my time here at Linfield. No question, my Wildcat roots run deep. The school is near and dear to my heart.

"At some point, though, I knew this wasn't going to be my last stop."

Brosius -- who homered in his first major league game -- played 11 years with Oakland (1991-97) and the Yankees (1998-2001). He ended his career with four straight World Series appearances. The Yankees won three straight World Series championships from 1998-2000, then lost to Arizona in seven games in 2001.

The former Putnam High and Linfield standout's best season was 1998, when he hit .300 with 19 home runs and 98 RBIs and played in the All-Star game. In the World Series, Brosius batted .471, hit two home runs in Game 3 to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead over San Diego, and was named most valuable player of the series.

In the 2001 series, Brosius launched a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and set up extra-inning win in Game 5. The Diamondbacks won Games 6 and 7 to claim the series, and Brosius retired.

Brosius returned to McMinnville, where he and wife Jennifer had kept a home since shortly after their years as Linfield students. From 2002-07, Scott served an assistant coach under Scott Carnahan -- for whom he had played at Linfield -- then took over the head coaching reins as Carnahan assumed a role as pitching coach.

Under Brosius' direction, Linfield went 270-96, won four regional and five Northwest Conference crowns and made the NCAA Division III playoffs six times. The Wildcats finished third nationally in 2010, won the national championship in 2013 and were second in 2014.

Brosius, twice named USA Baseball Coach of the Year, coached the USA 18-under national team to gold medals in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/U18 Championships and the 2012 IBAF World Championships.

Linfield went 33-15 this season, finished second in the NWC and earned a wild-card berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Wildcats reached the regional finals in Tyler, Texas, losing to Trinity.

"I was pleased with the season overall," Brosius says. "We were young, with seven freshmen and four sophomores on our 25-man roster, and played some of our best baseball down the stretch. The guys competed, made great progress through the course of the year and just fell a bit short."

The highlight at Linfield was the national crown in 2013.

"When you can finish the year on a dog pile, it's a pretty special thing," Brosius says. "It's something the guys and me will carry with us the rest of our lives."

Brosius has been associated with Carnahan for more than 30 years, since he stepped onto campus as a student-athlete in 1984.

"It's been such an amazing journey for the two of us," Brosius says. "I was part of his first recruiting class here. When I was playing professionally, I'd come back during the offseasons to work out with his guys before I'd take off to spring training. I can't put into words how much he has done for me over the years.

"With him being able to take this thing over again for a year or so as they transition here -- I know I'm leaving the program in good hands."

Brosius says his decision to leave Linfield was logical, yet difficult.

"It was not an easy conversation to have with the players and other coaches," he says. "We had a special group of seniors this year, but next year is another special group, and same with the year after that. The thing I realized was, there's never a good time. You're always leaving in the middle of somebody's career.

"The thing I'll miss the most is being on the field with the guys. Working with kids this age is a cool thing. They're sponges. They want to learn, and not just about baseball but about growing up and being successful beyond the sport. You can affect their life.

"I'll miss those relationships, for sure. As a college coach, you always feel you have a place that not too many people get to."

Brosius says he doesn't have a job lined up.

"There have been a lot of rumors flying that have me tied to a whole lot of things, but they're just rumors," he says. "There's nothing secretive in the works or things we can't talk about. There really have been no conversations."

At least recently. After last season, Brosius spoke with Yankees manager Joe Girardi, with whom Brosius played during the 1998 and '99 seasons in New York.

"Joe and I have continued to maintain a friendship," Brosius says. "He was one of the guys I have a lot of respect for and felt pretty close to. We thought a lot alike as players. He's a guy I'd be very comfortable working with if I were to get that opportunity."

The Yankees have a full coaching staff right now, of course, and are in the middle of the American League season. There's no telling if there will be a position open after the season, and Brosius says he has been promised nothing.

"But it would be an awesome fit," he says. "It would be a place that I'd love to get back to."

Brosius has also had a conversation with Oakland general manager Billy Beane. Again, it would depend on anything the A's might have available following the current season.

David Brosius has signed to play at Oregon State next season. The 6-1, 155-pound left-hander had a sensational senior season as a pitcher at McMinnville, leading the Grizzlies to the Class 6A semifinals while yielding only one earned run all season.

"David is one of those kids with big upside," his father says. "Through the year, he was touching 86 or 88 (miles per hour), pitching mostly in the mid-80s. He's similar to where I was at that age. I put on 20-plus pounds in college, and my guess is he'll do the same thing. He'll hit the weights hard, and more strength and velocity should come with it."

Pat Casey is firmly entrenched as baseball coach at Oregon State -- unless he is hired for the school's vacant athletic director position. If that were to happen, Brosius would be very interested, if only for the opportunity to coach David. One of Brosius' two daughters, Megan, also will enroll at OSU in the fall. Corvallis is an hour's drive from McMinnville.

"That would be one of those situations you'd have to think about," he says. "Had David chosen to stay home and go to Linfield, I wouldn't have left Linfield at this time. The opportunity to coach your son at the college level is a pretty special thing."

Brosius likely has a few months to relax and enjoy some time off before making a decision on his future. He is probably not interested in a position managing or coaching in the minor leagues. He has paid his dues riding buses and doing the little things a head coach must do at the college level. His preference is to be on a coaching staff in the major leagues next season.

"That's my goal," Brosius says. "Jennifer could travel with me, and we could keep McMinnville as home base during the offseason. If the phone rings, I'm going to listen.

"If some really special situation comes up that makes me feel like I'd want to change that course, I'd listen to it, but my thoughts are to try to get back into the professional side of things. So right now, it's having conversations with some people and then seeing what happens after the season ends."

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twitter: @kerryeggers

Go to top
JSN Time 2 is designed by | powered by JSN Sun Framework