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Hitting Coach, Tacoma Rainiers

Scott Brosius

Scott Brosius
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Coaching Youth Baseball 
While my previous articles have focused primarily on coaching the high school and college athlete, this article is geared towards those who coach the younger players.  The “Little League years” from ages 8-12 are so important, as they provide the foundation for players who will develop and continue to play at the higher levels.

Developing a Team First Mentality 
It’s the question many coaches grapple with. How do I get my players to commit to the team ahead of the individual?

Setting a Line-Up 
One of the most important tasks coaches have each year is setting a productive line-up.

Developing the Player-Coach Relationship 
There are important characteristics each coach must show with their players to develop a strong player-coach relationship

Hitting Approach, Part 1: 
As part one of a two-part series on hitting, this article will focus on basic hitting approaches while part two will focus on drills and practice work we can do to implement our approach.

Hitting Approach, Part 2:
In part one of my two part series on hitting approach, we focused on three basic hitting approaches we need to instill in our players. With those three basic thought processes in mind, part two of this series will explain 5 drills we can do with our hitter in practice to help our hitters develop this mindset.


From 2002 to 2007, Brosius was an assistant coach at Linfield College under head baseball coach Scott Carnahan, Brosius's coach when he played for the school. In 2007, they switched roles. Brosius was named head coach and Carnahan, who also is athletic director, became an assistant coach.

Brosius has been named Northwest Conference coach of the year five times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) in seven seasons as head coach and led the team into the NCAA Division III national championship tournament three times. The Wildcats finished third in 2010 and in 2013 won Linfield's first NCAA national baseball championship (and second national championship, after the 1971 NAIA victory.) Trying for a rare repeat in 2014, they were eliminated in two straight games. Brosius' win-loss record in seven years as Linfield head coach was 237-81 (.745).

On December 4, 2015, the Seattle Mariners announced that Brosius would be the new hitting coach for their AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers.

He was selected as the West Region Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2013 and as the NWC Coach of the Year in 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2008.

In addition to his coaching duties at Linfield, Brosius was tabbed as manager of the USA Baseball 18-under National Team in February of 2011. He led the club to a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, and guided the team to the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship in Seoul, South Korea. Brosius was twice recognized as the USA Baseball Coach of the Year, in 2012 and 2011.

Brosius, a former Wildcat who went on to gain fame in professional baseball, was a natural choice to succeed retiring coach Scott Carnahan in 2008, having served under Carnahan on the baseball coaching staff for five seasons. During that time, he gradually accepted more responsibility, managing the baseball team's entire recruiting efforts.

Brosius left Linfield following his junior year after being selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 1987 amateur draft. He returned to Linfield and completed a bachelor's degree in business in 2002.

In three seasons at Linfield, he hit .332 with 14 home runs and 77 runs batted in. During his junior season in 1987, he hit .348 and set Linfield single-season records for most at-bats, hits and RBI. He received recognition on the NAIA all-Area, all-District and all-Northwest Conference teams, and was a honorable mention NAIA All-American.

Brosius began his professional career in the minor leagues in 1988 and spent a total of 11 seasons in the major leagues with Oakland and New York. He won three World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Brosius was a Golden Glove award recipient, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, and played in the 1998 All-Star Game.

Brosius, a native of Milwaukie, Ore., and graduate of Rex Putnam High School, is a member of the Linfield Athletics, NAIA, and Oregon Sports halls of fame.

He is active in his church, community youth sports, and is a board member of the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation, which raises money to aid families who are coping with the disease.