Alcorn State Braves baseball

The Alcorn State Braves baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, United States. The program's first season was in 1959, and it has been a member of the NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference since the start of the 1963 season. Its home venue is the Foster Baseball Field at McGowan Stadium, located on Alcorn State's campus. Bretton Richardson is the team's head coach starting in the 2016 season. The program has appeared in 1 NCAA Tournaments. It has won one conference tournament championships and 0 regular season conference titles. As of the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, 1 former Brave has appeared in Major League Baseball.

Alcorn State Braves
Founded1959 (1959)
UniversityAlcorn State University
Athletic directorDerek Horne
Head coachBretton Richardson (5th season)
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
East Division
LocationLorman, Mississippi
Home stadiumFoster Baseball Field at McGowan Stadium
(Capacity: 500)
ColorsPurple and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament appearances
Conference tournament champions
2002, 2011
Conference champions


Early historyEdit

The program's first season of play was 1959.

Conference affiliationsEdit

Foster Baseball Field at McGowan StadiumEdit

The stadium is named for Willie McGowan, head baseball coach from 1972 to 2009.[2][3] In 38 years as Alcorn State's coach, McGowan won over 700 games.[4] The field and stadium were officially dedicated on September 4, 2010. Plaques commemorating the dedications were added on May 6, 2011.[2]

Head coachesEdit

Alcorn State's longest tenured head coach was Willie E. "Rat" McGowan, who has coached the team from 1972 to 2009.

Year(s) Coach Seasons W-L-T Pct
1959 Louis Crews 1 7–7 .500
1960–1969 William H. Foster 8 82–84–1 .494
1971 Davey Whitney 1 14–8–1 .630
1972–2009 Willie E. "Rat" McGowan 38 720–663–7 .521
2010–2015 Barret Rey 6 115–218 .345
2016–present Bretton Richardson 5 60–146 .291
Totals 6 coaches 59 998–1,126–9 .470

Current coaching staffEdit

Notable former playersEdit

Below is a list of notable former Braves and the seasons in which they played for Alcorn State.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Alcorn State University Identity Standards and Editorial Stylebook (PDF). Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Alcorn State University Holds Plaque Unveiling Ceremony in honor of the McGowan Stadium/Fisher Field on May 6". Alcorn State University. Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  3. ^ "House Bill 730". Mississippi State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Alcorn names baseball stadium after the living legend Coach Willie "Rat" McGowan". Alcorn State University. Archived from the original on 2010-07-06. Retrieved 31 January 2012.

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