Aug. 10, 2004
ATLANTA – Brandon Duncan was named assistant coach for softball, announced by head coach Ehren Earleywine on Tuesday morning. Duncan will be in charge of the pitchers and catchers and assist with recruiting.
“I’m looking forward to Brandon working with our pitchers and catchers this season,” said Earleywine. “His pitching career in men’s fastpitch softball is important to me. I know the level of play in the men’s game and have a great deal of respect for those who play it.
“That experience is invaluable. Most important, he is a person of character. After a short time of being around him, I found him to be honest, forthright, and passionate about coaching. He is a well kept secret and I think in a year or two, he will be a very sought after commodity in Division I softball.”
Duncan comes to Tech from the University of Alabama where he was team manager for the past five seasons (2000-04). During that span, Alabama made two College World Series appearances and ended last season with a final ranking of No. 12 (43-19). The Tide fell to eventual national champion UCLA in the NCAA Region 2 final in Los Angeles, Calif.
Duncan assisted with the day-to-day operations of the Tide softball program, including practice setup and preparation. He will take over a Tech pitching staff that cracked the top-25 in team earned run average and broke school records in ERA (0.97), shutouts (29), strikeouts (536), K’s per 7 inn. (8.65), lowest opp. batting avg. (.171), complete games (48), fewest hits allowed per game (4.2) and consecutive scoreless innings pitched (45.0).
As a player, Duncan toured Asia with the “King and his Court” in 2001. He was the feature pitcher on this four-man softball team. He also played men’s fastpitch for the Spartanburg Stars in 2003, where he helped guide the team to the ASA North Carolina/South Carolina championship and finish 13th nationally in the NSA.
The Greenwood, S.C., native received his bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in English, at the University of Alabama, on May 10, 2004.