Coaching Staff

 
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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 with 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.

Jeffrey.brown@cherokee.k12.ga.us


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 junior at Woodstock High School. 

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John duran

Coach John Duran is in his 1st year teaching and coaching varsity baseball at Woodstock High School.  Prior to Woodstock he was an assistant coach at Schley County High School, where in three years, he won 2 GHSA State Championships and once finished in the Final Four. 

Coach Duran is a graduate of Kell High School where he played shortstop and centerfield under Donnie English. After high school he played baseball at Darton Junior College where he was awarded the conference gold glove as a shortstop.  After one year he transferred to Georgia Southwestern State University where he is the all-time NCAA school leader in assists and second in career hits for GSW.  In 2011 he led the Peach Belt Conference in assists during the regular season and tied a conference record for assists in a game.  He graduated from GSW in 2014 with a degree in History with teaching certification. 

He currently lives in Canton with his beautiful wife Nicole.

 


Reed Nixon- JV Head Coach

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 Woodstock, with his wife Anna and is in his second year of teaching Physical Education at Carmel Elementary. 

Reed.nixon@cherokee.k12.ga.us

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Brandon Marcus

Coach Marcus was born in Albany, GA and raised in Baconton, GA. He played short stop and pitcher in high school and graduated from Mitchell Baker High School. Coach Marcus received a baseball scholarship from ABAC, where he played infield for two years. As a junior, he transferred to Albany State University where he finished his baseball career. He graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.

Coach Marcus then spent a year coaching at Albany State as the hitting coordinator and 1st Base Coach. Coach Marcus then transferred his coaching skills to the high school level where he coached football and baseball at Windsor Academy in Albany, GA from 2012-2016. He served as an assistant on the baseball staff where he primarily worked with the hitters, infielders, and served as the 1st Base Coach. He also was the Defense Line coach for the football team.

In 2017, Coach Marcus moved to Holly Springs, where he currently resided. He enjoys spending time with friends, and all outdoor activities. He is active in his Church, loves going to sporting events, and loves exercising.