'We did it the right way'
That’s saying something, considering the impressive list of honors and championships he’s won. There are the three World Series rings he won while starting for the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 1998, he was an American League All-Star, won a Gold Glove and was named the World Series MVP after the Yankees swept the San Diego Padres. He batted .471, hit two home runs, had six RBIs and had eight hits.
Brosius returned to Linfield College where he played baseball for three season before turning pro in the late 1980s. He finished his degree and became an assistant coach under Scott Carnahan. In 2008 Brosius took over the program, and four coach of the year awards, four Northwest Conference championships and a national championship have now followed.
During his off time, Brosius also is the coach of the USA Baseball 18U team, which he led to a gold medal at the Pan American AAA/18U championships in Cartagena, Colombia in 2011, earning him USA Baseball Coach of the Year honors.
“I’ve been asked a number of times how this ranks with those other things,” Brosius said, “and this is right up there if not on top because it’s about more than me. It’s about more than the team. It’s about two coaches that have been here a long time and been on that doorstep and finally crossed over. It’s about the campus. It’s about the community. There’s so much pride with our school and our athletic programs that it feels good to bring the title home.”
Brosius breezes through his own accomplishments to instead talk up his players. For the first time in program history, the Wildcats reached No. 1 in the NCAA rankings and had three First-Team All-Americans. He’s just as proud about what his team did when it wasn’t playing baseball.
“We did it the right way,” he said. “The success we had on the field is one thing. But we’re equally concerned about the success they have in the classroom. Their citizenship on campus. Who they are as people, not just who they are as baseball players. This team has a lot of character, and I don’t care what anybody says, championship teams have a lot of character.”
“(Scott) coaches with the same passion he had as a player,” said Carnahan, who coached Brosius when he played at Linfield. “He continues to teach the same success related attributes that have been in place for six decades in this program.
“This championship is really a testimony to him.”
The championship is also a testimony to its two longest-tenured assistants. Carnahan just finished his 30th year coaching at Linfield, six as an assistant and 24 as head coach. Jim Ray finished his 35th year at Linfield, and players talked about finally getting a national title for those coaches.
“Seeing Carny and Jimmy after that game,” senior Jordan Harlow said, “it was emotional especially for the older guys because you could just see how bad they wanted it. It was really cool.”
“It was a pretty good feeling to see just the relief in their faces,” senior catcher Kyle Chamberlain said. “It just felt really good to see all their years of hard work at Linfield pay off with a championship.”
Sophomore Chris Haddeland said the thing he has taken away from Brosius, Ray and Carnahan is their passion for baseball.
“They’ve been in it forever,” Haddeland said, “but they haven’t lost a step when it comes to being motivated and passionate about the game, and that’s something you really look at and admire.”