KYLE BROWN | ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
Kyle Brown began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at West Florida in 2011 after a successful four-year career as a second baseman for the Argonauts. He became an assistant coach in 2013.
Brown played an integral part in the Argonauts’ 2007 Gulf South Conference championship, the first conference title in school history. He was also a leader of the 2010 team’s run to the GSC East Division championship and an at-large berth to the NCAA South Regional.
The Gulf Breeze, Fla. native posted a .320 career batting average with 111 runs scored and 61 RBIs in four years at UWF. As a second baseman, he also clubbed 35 doubles and stole 25 bases. Brown’s best season came as a senior, when he led the team with a .375 average and earned All-GSC and All-South Region first team honors.
Brown was also a dependable defensive player at second, finishing with a .961 fielding percentage and just 30 errors in four seasons. As a senior in 2010, he was honored for his defense and earned a spot on the Gold Glove South Region Team.
In the summer of 2010, Brown signed on to play with the Pensacola Pelicans, an independent minor league team in the American Association. In 58 games with the Pelicans, Brown hit .250 with a .364 on-base percentage. He also scored 27 runs while driving in 15.
JUSTIN BENNETT | ASSISTANT COACH
Justin Bennett, a four-year letter winner at West Florida and 2011 NCAA Division II National Champion, enters his third season as the baseball program's assistant coach. Bennett primarily focuses on the development of catchers and outfielders and recruiting, while serving as the lead on field operations at beautiful Jim Spooner Field.
In addition to his duties at West Florida, Bennett has worked camps at Division I programs including the University of Mississippi, Troy University, and the University of Tennessee.
Bennett was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position after spending two years as a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, Bennett focused on the development of corner infielders and outfielders, including outfielder Ledarious Clark, who was drafted in the 12th round by the Texas Rangers and is UWF's highest-ever MLB draft pick. Clark was ranked a top-5 late-round pick by Baseball America and is currently spending the 2017 season with the Rangers high-A affiliate Down East Wood Ducks.
Bennett kicked off his coaching career shortly after graduating in 2013, serving as assistant coach for his alma mater Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia. Under the tutelage of Mike Power, the Hornets reached the 6A Georgia State Championship in Bennett's one-year stint at the high school level. During that season, Bennett assisted with the development of eight players who would go on to sign with Division I programs.
Bennett played under West Florida head coach Mike Jeffcoat from 2009-2012, serving as a utility infielder with experience at each infield position. Bennett started his collegiate playing career off on a strong note, hitting .320 as a freshman in 2009, before following that performance with a .311 batting average during UWF's national championship run as a junior in 2011.
As a highly touted high school player in the Greater-Atlanta area, Bennett played three varsity seasons under Power at Roswell High School. Bennett was an All-County and All-Region second baseman in 2007, hitting .387, and an All-County and All-Region shortstop in 2008 with a .367 batting average. Bennett was a player for the prestigious East Cobb baseball program in his summers as a high school student-athlete.
Bennett earned his master's degree in administration in 2016 and a bachelor's degree in sports management in 2012. Bennett is engaged to former UWF Athletics Development Coordinator and 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer National Champion Tori Fish.
KALEB BARLOW | STUDENT ASSISTANT COACH
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BRADY COLBURN | STUDENT ASSISTANT COACH
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