For Brandon Rains, the 2016 season marks his 16th in college baseball and sixth as the head coach of the Brookhaven College Bears. During Coach Rains' tenure as head coach, the Brookhaven Baseball program has grown to become one of the best in the country. The Bears have been ranked in the top 10 of the NJCAA national
poll in four of the past five previous seasons including reaching a No. 2
ranking in the 2013 NJCAA national poll. The program has averaged 35 wins per
season in the last three years. The 2013 Brookhaven Bears won the school’s
first Metro Athletic Conference Championship, its first ever NJCAA Regional
Championship and took a 4th place finish in the NJCAA World Series. In
addition to success on the field, the program has had 51 of its student
athletes transfer to four-year colleges including 16 to Division I universities
in the past four years. The program has had countless All-Conference and
All-Region players and several All-Americans.
Prior to Brookhaven College, Rains was lead assistant
coach/recruiting coordinator for the University of Texas at Dallas. While at
UTD, Rains helped guide the Comets to seven playoff appearances in eight
seasons. The program also produced 15 players in eight years that signed
professional baseball contracts with affiliated or independent league teams.
Rains began his coaching career at the University of Saint Mary
serving as an assistant coach in 2000 and taking over as head coach in 2001.
Saint Mary qualified for the post season in both seasons. Coach Rains is a
graduate of Rotan High School in Rotan, Texas and received a bachelor’s degree
from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas in 1999. Rains also earned
a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2005.
Skylar Sillivent is entering his second year with the Brookhaven Bears as assistant coach/pitching coach.