ORANGE BEACH, AL – Bryan Lewallyn has been named the Head Baseball Coach at Pensacola State College, announced Bill Hamilton, Athletic Director at PSC.
Lewallyn returns to the Pensacola Pirates from his playing days there after leading the University of South Carolina – Beaufort as their head coach to a 162-105 record the past five season including three trips to the NAIA Regionals and a berth to the NAIA College World Series.
The Sand Sharks set the program record with 41 wins in 2012 in Lewallyn’s first season as the head skipper as USC-Beaufort finished ranked 7th nationally.
He was named Sun Conference “Coach of the Year” this past season after leading his squad to a 42-16 overall record, winning its’ first Conference title in going 20-4 in league play. The Sand Sharks reached as high as 5th in the national rankings during the season and finished 13th in the final poll.
His players have received numerous honors under Lewallyn that have included: 28 All-Sun Conference players, two NAIA All-Americans, nine Sun Conference All-Academic Team selections, seven NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, five CoSIDA Academic All-District players, and two first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
“I’ve known Bryan since he came to what then was Pensacola Junior College as a freshman pitcher out of Pine Forest High School in Pensacola,” said Gross, a former coach at PJC and founder of PRO-DAY Baseball. “I had the privilege to coach him at PJC and his work ethic and his attitude made everyone around him so much better.
“In the summer, he would work baseball camps with me and watching him teach the game to young players, you could tell early on that his future was in baseball,” said Gross. “After his college playing days, Bryan would work at our PRO-DAY Showcases scouting, coaching pitching and helping high school prospects advance to the next level.”
Lewallyn said, “PRO-DAY was a great opportunity for me as a young coach to get my feet wet not only working camps and instructing but also recruiting. Getting to see some real quality players, but developing some friendships and relationships. I’m forever grateful to what PRO-DAY baseball did for me."
For high school players who go to PRO-DAY for the first time, he said. “Be ready to learn and compete. Soak it all in, keep an open mind and always do everything to the best of your ability, it only takes one person to like you and you never know who’s watching, someone always is!”
Bryan’s baseball career started early on being the son of former major league pitcher Dennis Lewallyn, who played eight-years with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-79), Texas Rangers (1980) and Cleveland Indians (1981-1982). Having that family support learning the game, also from with his older brother David, who also pitched at PJC and his mother, who was a regular at his games was all very beneficial.
Bill Earnhart, national scouting director for PRO-DAY Baseball, a 43-year veteran scout and member of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks reflects on the new baseball hire at Pensacola State College, “I got to know Bryan really well early in his career when he helped us with PRO-DAY Baseball and I think he is an outstanding young man.”
“He will be a credit to the Pensacola State College Baseball program for the stand point of knowledge and the professional approach to his job. Not only that, like I like to say “he is good people” and “comes from good stock”. Dennis Lewallyn, a dear friend of mine for a long time, of the Atlanta Braves (Pitching Coach) organization brought up Bryan right and he is going to be a credit to Pensacola and Pensacola State College and he is going to do a great job.”
During the Press Conference when being named the Head Coach at Pensacola, Lewallyn was overwhelmed from the support, “It was really great seeing everyone, some old faces and new. I’ve been absolutely humbled by the support from everyone. Family, friends, former teammates, former players. Really awesome to have such a warm welcome.”
Bryan said it was a no brainer to comeback home where he still has family in Pensacola, “Absolutely, like Dorothy said…There’s no place like home. Now to have the opportunity to be a part of not only such a rich baseball tradition in Pensacola but a town with a great sports history from Roy Jones, Jr., Justin Gatlin, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Pate, Bubba Watson and the list goes on and on. It absolutely was a no brainer.”
Speaking of his memories as a player at Pensacola, “There were so many, but really the bonds and friendships that were formed with guys that were teammates that I call friends. It was not just the players, the staff, Bill Hamilton (Coach/Athletic Director), Doug Martin (Coach), Jeff Gross (Coach), John Noski (Director of Team Transportation) and so many more.”
Bryan’s current goals at Pensacola State College, “I just want to develop young men and prepare them for whatever the future holds whether it be a four-year school, professional baseball or life in
general. To help them become the best they can possibly be. Everything else will take care of itself.”
He and his wife, Emily, have a daughter, Ellis (3).