For Brandon Rains, the 2019-2020 season will mark his 20th in college baseball and tenth 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 eight of the nine 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 eight 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. The Bears won back to back Metro Athletic Conference Titles following the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. The 2019 season concluded with a school record 42 wins and 3rd place finish at the NJCAA DIII College 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 six 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.