CORPUS CHRISTI - After spending last season as the volunteer assistant coach, Brett Gips has been promoted to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Islanders' baseball program, head coach Scott Malone announced today. He will oversee the make up of the roster and will be the point person for evaluating prospective athletes.
"Brett has been a part of the program for the last two years as a coach and in the program for two years as a player, so he knows the system and knows what it takes to win," Malone said. "He has successfully made the transformation from player to coach to where he is now. He is ready to excel as a recruiting coordinator at the Division I level. I am more than excited to be able to promote one of our own to this role."
During his season as the volunteer assistant coach, Gips helped lead the team to its highest finish in the Southland Conference, finishing in second place in the league. He assisted with the pitching staff, as he helped the team finish with a 4.41 ERA while punching out 390 opponents, an average of 7.08 punchouts per game. He also helped out with the team during the 2012 season, as well.
In the two summers prior to joining the Islanders coaching staff, Gips was the pitching coach for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes of the Perfect Game Collegiate League in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Hawkeyes were the 2011 West Division Champions.
Gips is an alumnus of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, as he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Gips pitched for the Islanders during his final two collegiate seasons. During his career at A&M – Corpus Christi he appeared in 42 games and went 2-0 with one save. Gips totaled 41.2 innings and averaged nearly four strikeouts per nine innings with 19 total punchouts. He was second on the team in games pitched (23) during the 2008 season and his 42 total appearances were the fourth-most in school history.
Gips began his collegiate career at Cisco Junior College under head coach David White. He pitched in dual roles for two seasons for the Wranglers before transferring to Island University for the 2007-2009 school years.
At Yorktown High School, the native Texan was named Texas Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State First Team. As a senior, he went 10-3 with a 0.89 earned run average and 186 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched. Gips threw a 2005 state best six no-hitters and set school single-season records for batting average, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts. He won two district titles during his final two varsity seasons and was named the 2005 District 29-2A Most Valuable Player.