Brown records 500th victory

Posted 3/25/2022

Parkview High's Chan Brown recorded his 500th career coaching victory on March 25, 2022.


Brown records 500th career victory

On a weekend in which Parkview High planned to honor its state baseball championship teams from the past two decades, it was only fitting that the head coach who helped lead the program to those titles steal at least a share of the spotlight.

Friday night at arch-rival Brookwood, Garrett Lambert's five-inning perfect game propelled Parkview to a 10-0 victory and helped coach Chan Brown to his 500th career coaching victory.

Brown became the third coach this year to reach the historic plateau, joining Marist's Mike Strickland and Mill Creek's Doug Jones. He became the 38th coach in the state to record 500 or more wins.

Colin Houck went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs, while Lambert and Jabari Daniely finished with two hits apiece to lead the offense's 12-hit attack. But it was Andrews Opata's bases-clearing triple in the top of the third inning that blew the game open.

Brown, who was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2018, has an overall record of 500-164 after Friday's victory.

A 1991 graduate of Tucker High School, Brown played collegiately at Hillsborough in Tampa, Fla., before returning to Georgia and playing under Mike Hurst at Georgia State.

He returned to Tucker in 1996 as a volunteer baseball and football coach. He was the head baseball and assistant football coach at Elbert County (1998-2001), assistant baseball and football coach at Northwest Whitfield (2002) and assistant baseball and football coach at Parkview (2003-04).

In 22 seasons, he has guided the Parkview program to 12 region titles and six state titles (2011, '12, '15, '18, '19, '21). His 2012 team was voted the national champions by Baseball America.

Meanwhile, the 2015 Parkview squad was named national champions by five national media outlets, including Baseball America and USA Today.

In addition, his 2018 state championship squad was named as national champions by Baseball America.

His 2019 state championship team won a state-record 36 games.

Brown was also named National Coach of the Year in 2015 by USA Today, Max Preps, Perfect Game and Baseball America. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named him Southeastern Regional Coach of the Year three times (2011, '12 and '15), and the Baseball Coaches Association named him Regional Coach of the Year in 2015.

He boasts three Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year honors and three Gwinnett Dugout Club Coach of the Year awards.

"Coach (Hugh) Buchanan was my mentor at Parkview," Brown told USA Today in 2015. "He was here for 28 years. He and Roy Massey helped groom me into what I am."

Brown has coached in several national events. In 2013, he was head coach of the East squad in the Perfect Game All-American Classic. He also led the Team USA 15U squad to a gold medal in the Pan Am Games in 2013. Brown also guided Team USA 15U to a silver medal in the World Games in Mexico in 2014.