Brown joins assistant head coach Dan Hubbs and assistant coach Gabe Alvarez on the 2011-12 coaching staff. Hubbs and Alvarez both played at USC.
“We are very excited to bring another former Trojan baseball player aboard,” said Cruz. “He has always been a huge supporter of USC baseball going back to his playing days and he has a relentless work ethic that we envision rubbing off on our players. Jason is going to be an asset for us in teaching and coaching all aspects of the game.”
Brown saw action as a catcher, first baseman, designated hitter and outfielder at USC from 1994 to 1997, posting a career batting average of .311 with 14 home runs and 77 RBI. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors as a senior in 1997, while hitting .368 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.
In 1995, he was a part of the Trojan squad that made its first trip to the College World Series since 1978 as USC reached the national title game.
He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 1997 and played in the Dodgers’ system until 2000. Brown went on to play another eight seasons in the farm systems of the Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and New York Yankees.
Brown made the switch to coaching in 2009 as a varsity assistant coach at his alma mater, Palos Verdes High School. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach of the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League.
He holds a degree in business administration from USC.