Adam Brown | Associate Head Coach/Recuriting Coordinator
Adam Brown is in his first season as the associate head coach/recruiting coordinator with the USC Upstate baseball program.
In 2016 Brown was selected as the Ohio Valley Conference best recruiter by D1Baseball.com. Brown helped led the Eagles to their first OVC Tournament Title in 2015. Brown's pitching staff led the conference and set the OVC record for strikeouts (570) in 2018, en route to winning the OVC Tournament title and participating in the NCAA Clemson Regional. In 2016, the offense again ranked at our near the top of the league and nation, ranking second in school history (only to the 2015 season) in six stats categories in the MSU record book.
Prior to Morehead State, Brown made stops at Louisburg College, a junior college in Louisburg, NC, Gardner-Webb University and Winthrop University.
At Louisburg, Brown served as the Hurricanes pitching coach. His other responsibilities included assisting in recruiting, coordinating the strength and conditioning program, compiling scouting reports, assisting with academic monitoring and directing all baseball camps.
Brown spent the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant coach under Head Coach Rusty Stroupe at Gardner-Webb. He spent most of his time developing the GWU catchers and hitters. Other major responsibilities included compiling scouting reports and maintaining newly renovated Bill Masters Field. Brown also assisted when needed with the pitching staff.
Brown's first year of college coaching was spent as the Director of Baseball Operations under Head Coach Joe Hudak at Winthrop University. For the 2010 season, Brown served as camp director, assisted with academic monitoring, assisted with on campus recruiting, scheduled team travel and handled numerous administrative duties.
The summer before joining the Winthrop coaching staff, Brown spent with the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plain League, serving as the first base coach and hitting coach.
Immediately after graduating college, Brown took a job as a mathematics teacher and assistant varsity baseball coach at Summerville High School. Just four years earlier, Brown had helped Summerville win its first AAAA State Championship in 19 years. Fifteen players signed to play baseball at the collegiate level, five with NCAA Division I schools and 10 with other levels.
Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Charleston Southern University. He was recognized as a Scholar Athlete in six of his eight semesters. On the baseball field, he was a four year letterman playing all infield positions.
Coach Brown is married to Alyson LaVigne Brown the couple has a young daughter, Adason Montgomery.
Kane Sweeney | Assistant Coach
Kane Sweeney is in his first season as an assistant coach with the USC Upstate baseball program.
Sweeney has been named the hitting coach at USC Upstate. Sweeney is now in his fourth season as an assistant coach for McGuire. Sweeney was a player on Morehead State's 2015 OVC Championship team. Following his senior season at Morehead State, Sweeney was drafted in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees organization. Sweeney spent the 2017 season with the Washington Wild Things an affiliate of the Frontier League.
In the fall of 2017 he was the assistant coach and hitting coach at the University of Illinois-Springfield. In 2018 he returned to Morehead State as the hitting coach and helped guide the 2018 team to an OVC Tournament title and berth in the NCAA Regionals. While at Morehead State the offense ranked top-20 nationally in numerous categories.
Patrick McGuff | Volunteer Assistant Coach
McGuff spent four seasons in the minor leagues with the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks organization. McGuff finished with a 12-10 overall record, 12 saves and a 3.45 era in 187.2 innings pitched. The right handed pitcher struck out 191 career batters and averaged 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
McGuff's best professional season out of the bullpen came in 2016 when he was a member of the Elizabethton Twins. That season McGuff recorded 9 saves in 18 appearances and registered a 2.27 era for the Twins Appalachian League affiliate. As a starter, McGuff's best season came in 2019 as a member of the Evansville Otters a Frontier League affiliate. McGuff went 5-0 for the Otters in six starts and struck out in 60 batters in 43 innings.
In two seasons at Morehead State, McGuff helped the Eagles to an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship in 2015. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Louisville Regional in 2015 as well. As an Eagle McGuff made 30 appearances and 18 starts over two seasons for the Blue and Gold. The Ohio native pitched 99.2 innings, struck out 98 batters and finished with a career 6.05 era.