Baseball Coaching Staff

Brandon Patton, Head Coach  

Brandon is entering his 6th season as a varsity baseball coach at St. Benedict.  During this time Brandon has worked primarily with hitters, as well as outfielders, pitchers, and catchers. Prior to coming to St. Benedict, Brandon was an assistant coach at Crichton College from 2006-2009.  Brandon’s duties included: recruiting coordinator, hitting coach, working with infielders, strength and conditioning.  In his first year at Crichton, Brandon helped lead the school to its first ever NAIA Regional appearance and also saw its offense finish in the Top 20 nationally in numerous offensive categories.  The most notable accolades being in the Top 20 in doubles and homeruns, with Top 10 finishes in batting average (0.363) and hits.  While at Crichton, Brandon also coached 2 players that signed professional contracts, 3 First Team All-Conference and 5 Second Team All-Conference selections.  From 2010-2012, Brandon also coached in the Mississippi Prospects Organization (Team MS).  During that time Brandon helped guide numerous players to NCAA, NAIA, and Junior College programs across the country as well as professional contracts. Brandon and his wife, Jourdan, have one son, Easton. 

Brent Patton, Assistant Coach 

Brent played baseball at Starkville High School, graduating in 2002.  He signed with Itawamba Community College and also played at Crichton College.  He earned his degree in Interdisciplinary studies with emphases in history and PE  from Mississippi State University in 2010.  Brent started his coaching career with the Mississippi Prospects in 2010.  He came to St. Benedict in 2014 and has coached with both the JV and Varsity.  Brent works primarily with catchers. 

Adam Smith, Assistant Coach

Coach Smith is the newest addition to the SBA baseball program. Adam graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 2005, where he played both baseball and football for the Wildcats. After high school, he chose to stay close to home and pitch at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois. After his playing career was over he attended Southern Illinois University, where he would earn his BA in University Studies, with a minor in History. Coach Smith joins the Eagle coaching staff after spending the last 4 years at his alma mater coaching for the Saints of Shawnee College. Prior to coaching college baseball, Adam worked as the assistant coach at his former high school (08-10) where he won a Regional Title in 2009. He also volunteered as the assistant at nearby Jonesboro Jr. High School in Jonesboro, Illinois (07-10) where they won the State Championship in 2007, and finished third at the 2009 State Tournament. Coach Smith is excited to join the staff at St. Benedict and will be spending most of his time working with pitchers.

Paul Frierott, Assistant Coach

Coach Frierott graduated from St. Benedict in 2010, lettering in both basketball and baseball.  He was a member of the 2009 state runner up team, playing both second base and outfield. Paul graduated from Notre Dame University in 2014, majoring in psychology.  He teaches Algebra I and ACT prep at St. Benedict, and he also coaches basketball.

Jacob Lawrence, Assistant Coach

Coach Lawrence is a first year coach.  Jacob played baseball and football at St. Benedict for 4 years, graduating in 2014.  He is now a sophomore at Christian Brothers University.  Jacob redshirted his freshman year at CBU and decided to end his baseball career after one season due to injuries.  During his time as a player, he was a catcher and a third baseman.  He is studying History with a minor in Political Science.  He is also in a program that puts him on a path to earn a Master's Degree in Secondary Education.

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