2017 Coaching Staff
Jeff Brown- Head Coach
As a player at Brunswick High School, Coach Brown was a four-year letterman in baseball (infielder and pitcher) and a two-year letterman in basketball. This experience afforded him the opportunity to attend Young Harris College as a pitcher and utility player. During his tenure he served as Captain and was a part of two 50-plus win seasons. At the time, Young Harris College was ranked second in the Nation.
After earning his associate’s degree in science, Coach Brown transferred to Kennesaw State University where he continued his baseball career. He played his final two years at KSU as a relief pitcher and was elected team captain his senior year. At KSU, he also earned the prestigious Vicky Martin Total Person Award. Coach Brown spent time in the summers playing for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plains League.
Coach Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree of science in health and physical education and continued his education at Georgia State University, where he earned a master’s degree in health and physical education. He finished his education specialist degree in coaching pedagogy from Valdosta State University in 2017.
Coach Brown is in his 6th year of teaching at the high school and middle school levels. This is his 2nd year at Woodstock High School.
He joined the Woodstock HS Wolverine baseball program five years ago, serving as the Junior Varsity Coach in his first season and as the Varsity Pitching Coach for the last three seasons. He has led the pitching staff to an ERA of 3.41 in 2014, 2.69 in 2015, and 1.97 in 2016.
In 2017, his first year as the head coach, he led the Wolverines to a 25-17 record. He led them to their first Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4, and State Championship Games in school history. The team finished second in the state are a historic playoff run, winning four consecutive series on the road.
Coach Brown is a Physical Education teacher at Woodstock High School. He resides in Canton, Georgia with his wife Ashley.
Ben Abner- Varsity assistant
Coach Abner grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, playing baseball throughout his childhood and into high school. He continued his baseball career at Georgia Southern University where he majored in Mathematics and Computer Science. Coach Abner was an outstanding outfielder for the Eagles earning Freshman Academic All-American honors in 1982, All-American 1st Team honors in 1983, and All-American 2nd Team honors in 1984. Coach Abner set the single season home run record at Georgia Southern in 1984 with 27 home runs, which was not surpassed until 2011.
Coach Abner played with Team USA from 1983-1984. In the summer of 1984, Coach Abner was drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos in the 5th Round. He played 7 years of professional baseball in the minor leagues with the Expos, Pirates, and Cardinals.
Coach Abner has been coaching in the area for the last 15 years. He spent 11 years coaching at Etowah High School, serving as the hitting instructor and first base coach. This is Coach Abner's second year on staff at Woodstock HS.
Coach Abner lives in Woodstock, GA with his wife Amy, and their daughter Emma, who is a juniro at Woodstock High School.
Coach Cappello was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He played baseball growing up and through high school at Amherst High School as a catcher and first baseman. Coach Cappello earned his undergraduate degree from SUNY Brockport. He continued his education by attending UNC Charlotte where he earned his graduate degree. Coach Cappello worked in the Strength Training profession before becoming a teacher and holds industry certification in Sports Performance Training/ Rehabilitation/ Corrective exercise and stretching.
Coach Cappello began his coaching career with the Lake Travis Baseball Program in Austin, Texas, serving as the strength and conditioning coach. He is in his first year at Woodstock High School where he teaches World History and Government.
Coach Cappello and his wife, Cassiday, reside in Marietta, Ga.
Coach Nixon was born and raised in Marietta, Ga. where he played baseball up through high school and graduated from Marietta High School. As a player he played the corner infield positions as well as catcher and pitcher. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia in 2016, where he coached at Athens Academy for 2 years along with predominantly working with the catchers and infielders.
He lives in Marietta and is in his first year of teaching Physical Education at Carmel Elementary.
Coach Broome grew up in Rome, Ga, where he participated in baseball, football, and wrestling. He graduated from Coosa High School where he lettered three years in baseball, football, and wrestling. Upon graduation, Coach Broome attended Shorter University where he wrestled for the Shorter Hawk wrestling team for three years. In 2016, Coach Broome graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Math Education. He currently teaches mathematics at Woodstock High School.
He and his wife reside in Rome, Ga.