By David Fong
TROY — Despite his impeccable credentials, Frosty Brown was starting to believe his day may never come.
“The longer you are out of coaching, the more people forget who are are,” the long-time Bethel High School, Troy High School and Troy Post 43 legion baseball coach said of his possible induction into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. “There are a lot of younger guys coming in now who are probably thinking, ‘Who the heck is that guy?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it was ever going to happen.”
Fear not, Frosty — your spot in the OHSBC Hall of Fame is secure. Brown recently learned he’ll be inducted into the hall of fame during a January ceremony. He’ll be the fourth Miami County coach to enter the hall, along with Piqua’s Jim Hardman and Rick Gold and Tippecanoe’s Bruce Cahill.
“It’s a great honor, obviously,” Brown said. “You never get into coaching to win awards, but it’s always nice to be recognized by your peers.”
It’s hard not to recognize Brown’s accomplishments.
During his high school coaching career — most of which was spent at Bethel before closing out his high school career at Troy — he went a combined 596-260, making him the 14th winningest coach in Ohio high school history. At Bethel, he captured 14 Cross County Conference titles, 17 Division IV sectional championships, nine district titles and a pair of regional crowns. He took the Bees to the state final four in 1984 and led Bethel to a state runner-up finish in 1997. At Troy, he led the Trojans to a sectional championship in 2000.
During his time at Bethel, he sent 54 players on to play in college and three would eventually sign to play professional baseball.
“In high school baseball, we always wanted to get as many kids involved as we could,” Brown said. “Sometimes at Bethel we would end up lettering 33 or 34 kids in a season. Of course, it also helped that we played so many games — it gave us a lot of opportunities to play a lot of kids. It was important to us to get kids involved in the game and help them learn to love the game of baseball.”
Brown’s time as Troy Post 43’s coach every summer has been every bit as impressive as his high school coaching career. Since taking over the program in 1973, Brown’s teams have gone 1,158-554. Post 43 has played in 48 state, national regional or World Series tournaments.
For all of Brown’s accolades, however, he said he never would have reached this point in his career without plenty of help along the way.
“I couldn’t have done it without outstanding kids and assistant coaches,” he said. “I really have had some amazing assistants over the years. And at my house, I keep a list of every kid that’s ever played for me — because I don’t ever want to forget any of them.”
Brown also was quick to give credit to his wife, Connie, who has been with him every step of the way, whether it be at the baseball diamond helping out or running his teams’ fundraising efforts. In 1999, the Browns were named the National Amateur Baseball Federation Man and Woman of the Year. In 2000, the couple was received the Troy Community Service Award from the Troy Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have a wife who loves the game as much as I do,” Brown said. “I could never have coached this long without Connie’s support.”
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