Tyler Brown found the decision to leave Windsor and head back to Stratford as the school’s baseball head coach to be much more difficult than he ever expected.
The 26-year-old Brown had left Stratford after three years of coaching the junior varsity and working as an assistant with the varsity to chase his dream of becoming a baseball head coach. But now, after much thought, he is back with his alma mater.
“I told my dad that leaving Windsor was probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make,” said Brown, who led the Knights to the GISA AA finals this year, and compiled a record of 33-19. “I am so thankful for the experience I had at Windsor, where I met so many great people and was able to coach an amazing group of players.”
Brown, who also won a state championship in softball at Windsor, was not thinking about the Stratford job, even when he heard of the vacancy.
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“When I heard the job was open, I was hoping to be in consideration , but we were in the playoffs and I was really focused on the Windsor baseball program,” Brown said. “When Coach (Mark) Farriba called me and asked me if I was interested in the job, I really didn’t know what to say. I mean, I have grown to really love Windsor Academy.
“But when it came down to it, heading back to Stratford, my alma mater, was just too good of an opportunity to turn down. I would definitely say that at this time, it’s my dream job.”
Brown replaces Chance Reynolds, and takes over a team that made the playoffs in its first year in the GHSA. Brown, who just finished the season at Windsor on Saturday, was working at the Stratford baseball camp on Monday.
“I know that Stratford baseball has some very good things going on, and I just want to build on that and maybe take it a step higher,” Brown said. “It seems like about 90 percent of these kids were here when I was coaching, and the only thing different is all of them are so much bigger that they were when I coached them.
“I think it will be a very smooth transition, and I am very excited about it.”
Brown admitted that he still has a lot to learn as a head coach.
“I definitely know that the learning curve is still huge for me, and no one can really know how difficult it is to be a head coach until they do it.” Brown said. “But I just can’t stress enough how lucky I was to work with such a great group the last two years. I feel like I am ready for another challenge and I can’t wait to get started.”