|Years at Brown:||17th Year|
Head Coach Marek Drabinski is now in his 17th season with Brown and looks to take the Bears back to the top of the Rolfe Division and the Ivy League Championship.
Drabinski had a banner year in his 11th at the helm of the Brown baseball program, leading the squad to the Ivy League title. He led the Bears to a team-record 27 wins, besting the previous mark of 25 set by his 2002 club and earning New England Coach of the Year honors from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. Drabinski also recorded three-straight 23-win seasons from 1999 to 2001, which tie for the third-most wins in a season by a Brown squad.
In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, Drabinski works closely with the Bears pitchers and catchers. 2007 was Brown's seventh season with double-digit wins in the Ivy League, six of which have come under Drabinski's watch, as the Bears took the Red Rolfe Division title with a 14-6 mark. Brown was once again the top hitting team in the Ivy League, hitting .346 in League games, 39 points ahead of any other team. The Bears also led the League in on-base percentage, slugging, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, and stolen bases.
Brown's pitchers also were outstanding, finishing second with a 4.22 ERA in Ivy play and recording a League-high 153 strikeouts, 28 more than any other team. The Bears raked in postseason honors as a result, with Devin Thomas' unanimous selection as Ivy League Player of the Year and Jeff Dietz's selection as Pitcher of the Year headlining a list of five First Team and two Second Team All-Ivy, four All-New England, and three All-Northeast honorees. In the last nine years, the Bears have compiled 105 Ivy wins, the second-highest among Ivy League schools.
Drabinski was the runner-up for New England Coach of the Year in 1999 after leading Brown to its first winning season in 10 years. During his tenure, Brown has had 28 First Team All-Ivy, 23 All-New England and 13 All-Northeast Region selections. Drabinski has coached a total of 17 players who have gone on to play professionally, including Thomas, Brown's highest draft pick since 1973 when he was chosen in the seventh round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers last summer, and Dietz, who signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after his junior season.
After the 2011 season, senior catcher Matt Colantonio was selected by the San Diego Padres, while senior third baseman Ryan Zrenda signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Drabinski arrived at Brown after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, under legendary head coach Andy Baylock. He was responsible for the Husky catchers and outfielders, and also served as the conditioning coach and assistant hitting coach.
A 1991 graduate of Connecticut with a degree in finance, Drabinski was a four-year starter for the Huskies at catcher. He was selected as captain both his junior and senior seasons, with the 1990 team capturing the Big East Conference Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Northeast Regional. UConn's MVP in 1990, Drabinski also earned All-Big East Conference honors in 1988 and was a member of the 1990 Big East Conference Tournament Team. After his collegiate playing career, Drabinski spent two-plus seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization, making stops in Idaho Falls and spending two seasons with the Braves' Class A affiliate in Macon, Georgia. After his pro career, he returned to Connecticut in 1994, earning his Master's Degree in Sports Management.
Drabinski is the director of the highly successful Brown Baseball Camps, which has gained the reputation of developing outstanding young pitchers. He and his staff also conduct several youth clinics throughout the year. Marek, a native of Chicopee, Massachusetts, now resides in Lisbon, Connecticut, with his wife, Tracie, and his three children, Brandon (16), Jordyn (14) and Austin (10).