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Stephanie Brown, who works primarily with the pitching staff, is in her 12th season as an assistant coach at Long Beach State. During her 11 years at LBSU, Brown has acquired a deserved reputation for developing young arms and helping pitchers mature.
Brown has previously guided 49er players to three consecutive Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year awards, and has helped four pitchers earn the honor in her time with Long Beach State. The first came in 2007, when Bridgette Pagano earned the award, and then Brooke Turner followed in her footsteps, while also earning second-team All-America and first-team All-West Region honors. Taylor Petty kept the streak going in 2009 as she was also a first-team all-conference selection. After one season without a freshman pitcher on the roster, Erin Jones-Wesley won the award in 2011, while also being named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Big West and second-team All-West Region.
Including Jones-Wesley, Brown has also helped five pitchers earn Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year awards, including three straight from 2004 to 2006. That total includes co-honors for Meredith Cervenka and Marcel Torres in 2004 and 2005. Long Beach State has also had at least one pitcher named first-team All-Big West in 10 of Brown's 11 years as the 49ers' pitching coach. Last year, Jones-Wesley once again earned first-team All-Big West honors, becoming just the seventh player in Big West history to receive the honor all four years, with all four coming under the guidance of Brown.
Under Brown's tutelage, the 49ers have finished with an earned run average of over 3.00 only three times. In 2004, the 49ers posted a 1.22 season ERA en route to a Big West Championship run and a 51-13 overall record, the best under Brown, and in 2011, the 49ers set a school record with 361 strikeouts as a staff.
Brown, nee Swenson was a standout pitcher at UCLA under long-time former Bruin coach Sue Enquist. She was an honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection in 2000, posting a 10-1 record with five shutouts and three one-hitters. Brown finished the 2000 campaign with a 0.81 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched. After her playing days, Brown helped out the Bruin coaching staff with recruiting.
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