FGCU Baseball & Coach Tollett Announce Hire of Assistant Coach Brandon Romans

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off its record-breaking season and first trip to the NCAA Tournament, FGCU baseball head coach Dave Tollett has announced the hire of assistant coach Brandon Romans, who became the newest member of the Green and Blue earlier this month.

Romans joins the program following the departure of long-time associate coach Rusty McKee. He will oversee the recruiting process while serving as the hitting coach and working with the position players.

The Cocoa, Fla., native brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Austin Peay in 2017. Romans has also served two stints at the University of Central Florida (2010-12, '16) and three seasons at Jacksonville State (2013-15).

In eight years of coaching, Romans has helped account for 268 wins and has been to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions – twice with UCF (2011, '12) and once with Jacksonville State (2014). Along with mentoring seven All-Americans and an equal number of Freshman All-Americans, Romans has helped four former players including Danny Winkler (Braves), Darnell Sweeney (Phillies), Ben Lively (Phillies) and Eric Skoglund (Royals) achieve their Major League dreams.

"We're excited about adding Brandon to our staff," Tollett said. "He not only brings years of experience and the baseball knowledge we were looking for, but is also a great recruiter. That's huge in today's game. Being from the area, he has a ton of knowledge on recruiting in the state. Brandon brings energy and excitement to the office and ballpark every day, and that's something we preach to our guys."

As an assistant coach at Austin Peay, Romans served as the Governors recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and outfield coach. Under his tutelage, the team hit .287 and not only broke the school record with 84 home runs, but also ranked tied for sixth in the country in the category. The Governors recorded notable wins against N.C. State, Notre Dame, Mercer and Lipscomb in the regular season before advancing to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinals and eventually falling to Belmont.

Prior to his second stint at UCF in 2016 when he served as an assistant coach and was responsible for Knights hitters, catchers and outfielders, Romans earned his first assistant coaching position at Jacksonville State. In three seasons with the Gamecocks, he helped the program compile 98 overall wins, 55 OVC victories and win the 2014 OVC Tournament. Romans coached 2013 All-Americans Michael Bishop and Travis Stout as well as 2014 ABCA All-Region honoree Griff Gordon.

Romans began his coaching career at UCF, where he served as the volunteer assistant from 2010-12 and helped lead the Knights to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in his final two seasons. He was part of a 45-win season in 2012, which included the nation's highest road winning percentage (16-3, .842), and not only helped D.J. Hicks earn his second of two straight All-American honors, but also receive a Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist nod. The 2011 Knights led the conference in runs, home runs, slugging percentage and doubles and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. In his debut season, Romans coached outfielders Chris Duffy (.447) and Shane Brown (.428) to a pair of All-American honors. Duffy not only won the league batting title and ranked fourth nationally in batting average during the season, but was also a NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist and Golden Spikes Award Finalist.

A 2009 graduate of UCF, Romans batted .314 during his three-year career with the Knights. In his final season, he hit .333 and led UCF with 14 home runs and 49 RBI. That performance saw Romans earn C-USA Second Team All-Conference honors as an outfielder. He was also selected to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.


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