|Years at Brown:||18th Year|
Head Coach Marek Drabinski is now in his 18th season with Brownand looks to take the Bears back to the top of the Rolfe Divisionand the Ivy League Championship.
Drabinski had a banner year in his 11th at the helm of the Brownbaseball program, leading the squad to the Ivy League title. He ledthe Bears to a team-record 27 wins, besting the previous mark of 25set by his 2002 club and earning New England Coach of the Yearhonors from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association.Drabinski also recorded three-straight 23-win seasons from 1999 to2001, which tie for the third-most wins in a season by a Brownsquad.
In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Drabinskiworks closely with the Bears pitchers and catchers. 2007 wasBrown's seventh season with double-digit wins in the Ivy League,six of which have come under Drabinski's watch, as the Bears tookthe Red Rolfe Division title with a 14-6 mark. Brown was once againthe top hitting team in the Ivy League, hitting .346 in Leaguegames, 39 points ahead of any other team. The Bears also led theLeague in on-base percentage, slugging, runs, hits, doubles,triples, home runs, runs batted in, and stolen bases.
Brown's pitchers also were outstanding, finishing second with a4.22 ERA in Ivy play and recording a League-high 153 strikeouts, 28more than any other team. The Bears raked in postseason honors as aresult, with Devin Thomas' unanimous selection as Ivy League Playerof the Year and Jeff Dietz's selection as Pitcher of the Yearheadlining a list of five First Team and two Second Team All-Ivy,four All-New England, and three All-Northeast honorees. In the lastnine years, the Bears have compiled 105 Ivy wins, thesecond-highest among Ivy League schools.
Drabinski was the runner-up for New England Coach of the Year in1999 after leading Brown to its first winning season in 10 years.During his tenure, Brown has had 28 First Team All-Ivy, 23 All-NewEngland and 13 All-Northeast Region selections. Drabinski hascoached a total of 17 players who have gone on to playprofessionally, including Thomas, Brown's highest draft pick since1973 when he was chosen in the seventh round of the MLB First-YearPlayer Draft by the Detroit Tigers last summer, and Dietz, whosigned with the Arizona Diamondbacks after his junior season.
After the 2011 season, senior catcher Matt Colantonio wasselected by the San Diego Padres, while senior third baseman RyanZrenda signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Drabinski arrived at Brown after a three-year stint as anassistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut,under legendary head coach Andy Baylock. He was responsible for theHusky catchers and outfielders, and also served as the conditioningcoach and assistant hitting coach.
A 1991 graduate of Connecticut with a degree in finance,Drabinski was a four-year starter for the Huskies at catcher. Hewas selected as captain both his junior and senior seasons, withthe 1990 team capturing the Big East Conference Tournament andadvancing to the NCAA Northeast Regional. UConn's MVP in 1990,Drabinski also earned All-Big East Conference honors in 1988 andwas a member of the 1990 Big East Conference Tournament Team. Afterhis collegiate playing career, Drabinski spent two-plus seasonswith the Atlanta Braves organization, making stops in Idaho Fallsand spending two seasons with the Braves' Class A affiliate inMacon, Georgia. After his pro career, he returned to Connecticut in1994, earning his Master's Degree in Sports Management.
Drabinski is the director of the highly successful BrownBaseball Camps, which has gained the reputation of developingoutstanding young pitchers. He and his staff also conduct severalyouth clinics throughout the year. Marek, a native of Chicopee,Massachusetts, now resides in Lisbon, Connecticut, with his wife,Tracie, and his three children, Brandon (16), Jordyn (14) andAustin (10).