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Brown Learning in Rookie Season as a Coach

Just about every coach has a set of philosophies that guides his or her actions when leading a team. It's something new coaches have to learn, and something first-year Milford Sr. Ruth coach Jeff Brown is developing as he guides the Micros through the 2014 season.
"I am only a handful of games in to what is hopefully my career," he said. "I am learning and I asked the team to know and understand that this is my first go-round. They have been very cooperative and I am extremely appreciative of that."
Brown is 21 years old and headed into his senior year at Bridgewater State with a dual major in education and history. He graduated Milford High School in 2010 and played football, basketball, and baseball for the Scarlet Hawks. He's also a veteran of the Sr. Ruth program, having played three seasons for the Micros from 2008 through 2010. "I really enjoyed playing for this program and it's my hope that I can help bring this program successfully into the future," Brown said. "I want to get the town more interested in the Micros program."
The Sr. Ruth roster is typically made up of younger players and those who do not play American Legion baseball, and is made up almost entirely of Milford High students. The Micros play in the Central Mass Sr. Babe Ruth league, which includes 14 towns and prefers the crack of a wooden bat to the ping of aluminum.
Brown isn't far removed from being a player and a student, and wants to help other young men grow and develop. In addition to a career in coaching, Brown says he wants to teach history at either the high school or middle school level.
"I feel like I have a calling to have an impact on young people," he said. "I see 17 and 18 year olds that are starting to turn into men and I want to have an impact on this age group in a positive way. Everyone wants to win, and that's what we are here to do, but my hope is also to help them become better people."
The Micros have also done some winning. Milford took a five game winning streak into the week and pushed its record above .500 at 7-6 on the season. "I have been doing a lot of experimenting with guys in different spots and as the games progress, my plan for the team is falling into place," Brown said. "The puzzle hasn't been put together completely, but it's starting to come together very nicely."
Brown has some help this summer from one of the guys who taught him how to play the game, his dad, Tom. "We have two different personalities, he's more competitive and I have a calmer demeanor," the younger Brown said. "The guys on the team also have different personalities but they have come together nicely and they have all helped make my job a lot easier."
Although he says he'd like to move up the coaching ranks, Brown plans on leading the Micros for at least a few seasons. "This is my first team and they have a special place in my heart, and I am hoping they can help this program progress into the future," he said. "This was always a great league and a popular team when I was growing up and now that I'm coaching, I am hoping to be around for awhile."




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