FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen announced on Friday, Aug. 18, head baseball coach Tod Brown has accepted a new four-year contract through 2021.
Brown led North Dakota State to a 31-25 overall record last season, including a program-record 19 Summit League wins. The 31 victories tied for the fourth most in program history and marked the fifth time in program history the Bison had won at least 30 games. NDSU advanced to The Summit League tournament championship game for the fourth time in six seasons.
“My family and I are extremely grateful to President Bresciani, Director of Athletics Matt Larsen and Deputy Director of Athletics Todd Phelps for this opportunity to continue to lead the Bison baseball program,” Brown said. “This would not be possible without all of the great players and assistant coaches I’ve had the opportunity to coach and work with throughout my 10 years at NDSU. I’m looking forward to many great things to come for Bison baseball.”
In 2014, Brown led North Dakota State to its first Summit League tournament championship in program history and the first NCAA Division I baseball tournament appearance since 1956. Brown also helped guide NDSU to a program-record 40 wins during the 2012 season.
Entering his 11th season, he has coached 25 All-Summit League honorees, including eight first team selections, and 21 players who have gone on to sign professional contracts.
Brown’s teams have also excelled in the classroom. The NDSU baseball program has a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.22 and a multi-year academic progress rate (APR) of .991. He has coached four players who have combined for eight CoSIDA Academic All-America® awards, including Tim Colwell, who was named the 2014 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Athlete of the Year and Summit League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, he has had three student-athletes earn prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, while two Bison baseball teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards.
“Coach Brown has continued to build upon the tradition of Bison baseball,” Larsen said. “His teams consistently compete at a high level on the field, excel in the classroom and are active in the Fargo community. I look forward to Coach Brown’s leadership of the baseball program well into the future.”
A native of Tucson, Ariz., Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in regional development from the University of Arizona in 1994 and a post-baccalaureate in education from Chapman University in 1997.
Brown and his wife, Janet, have a 16-year-old son, Brooks, and a 14-year-old daughter, Blake.