Head Baseball coach, Phil Brua, enters his second season at the helm of the Terrier program.
In his first year as head coach, Brua helped the Terriers improve across the board, including surpassing the previous year's win total and posting higher offensive, defensive and pitching numbers.
On the offensive side, Hiram improved their team batting average by eight points from the previous year, while also increasing both their slugging and on-base percentages in Brua's inaugural season. Hiram collected 10 more extra-base hits from the previous season and nearly tripled their home-run production. The team's 185 RBIs were the most by the program since the 2005-06 campaign, while their home run total marked a 10-year high.
In his first season with the Terrier pitching staff, Brua was just as effective, helping the Terriers decrease their team ERA by over three runs per game. The staff allowed less hits, runs and earned runs than the previous campaign.
Brua helped Terrier sophomore Vince Suso to Second-Team All-NCAC honors after posting his best-career numbers. Under Brua's tutlage, Suso ranked second in the NCAC in slugging percentage, posting 20 of his 45 hits for extra bases. Throughout the season, Suso reached base safely in 30 of his 34 games, collecting a hit in 25 outings. He posted multiple hits 15 times, while posting a three-hit game on five-separate occasions. He totaled five multi-RBI games, driving in three runs, twice.
Prior to Hiram, Brua served two seasons at Pomona-Pitzer, a Division III affiliate of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
In two seasons with the Sagehens, Brua served as the main assistant, while also spending the fall of 2017 as the interim head coach.
Brua helped Guide Pomona-Pitzer to winning records in one of the two campaigns. In 2018, the Sagehens earned their way into the SCIAC Championship Tournament, posting a 12-win mark in conference play.
Additionally, in his two seasons, Pomona-Pitzer saw five earn all-conference honors; two garner All-Region selections; and one player named an All-American.
Under Brua's tutlage, Tanner Nishioka was also named the SIAC Player of the Year before going on to be drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of the MLB draft. Along with Nishioka, right-handed pitcher David Gerics signed a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins organization.
Along with his west-coast experience, Brua, a native of Avon, Ohio, has a familiarity with the North Coast Athletic Conference.
A graduate of Oberlin College in 2011, Brua was a four-year member of the Yeomen baseball program. Currently, he still holds the record for pitching appearances (65) and ranks second in career wins (15).
Following his collegiate playing career, Brua went on to play two years of professional baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Pitching between short-season Class A Vancouver and full-season Class A Lansing, Brua compiled a record of 12-2 to go along with six saves and a 3.80 ERA. He appeared in 56 games as a professional, and in 2011 he helped the Vancouver Canadians win the North West League Championship.
Following his playing days, Brua spent three seasons on the coaching staff at Oberlin, helping lead the Yeomen to a NCAC Championship Tournament title in 2015.
While at Oberlin, Brua mentored Mike McDonald '14 to All-NCAC First-Team and Third-Team All Region selections. In 2015 he guided Sean Kiley '18 and Milo Sklar '18 to All-NCAC Tournament team honors. Sklar, who was tournament MVP, also earned Second-Team All-NCAC in 2016.
Brua became just the third head baseball coach for Hiram since 1960.