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Norm DeBriyn (born October 31, 1942) is an American former baseball coach at the University of Arkansas. He led the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team for 33 years, beginning in 1970. During his tenure, which ended after the 2002 season, DeBriyn's teams achieved three conference championships, 15 NCAA tournament appearances, and four College World Series.[1] His Razorbacks fell two runs short of winning the 1979 College World Series.[2]

Norm DeBriyn
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Norm DeBriyn (2018)
Biographical details
Born (1942-10-31) October 31, 1942 (age 76)
Ashland, Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970-2002Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall1161-650-6
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1979, 1985 Southwest Conference
1999 Southeastern Conference
1999 SEC Western Division
Awards
SWC Coach of the Year, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990
SEC Coach of the year, 1999
American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
Razorback Hall of Fame
Wisconsin–Oshkosh Hall of Fame
15 NCAA Tournament appearances
Four College World Series appearances
Records
Winningest coach in Arkansas baseball history

When DeBriyn retired, his record (1161-650-6) was the fourteenth-best all-time in college baseball.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Norm DeBriyn is a native of Ashland, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh with a B.S. in history in 1963.[2] He currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks.[2]

DeBriyn is a Roman Catholic Deacon for the Catholic Church in Arkansas. He was ordained on November 17, 2012.[3]

Team accomplishmentsEdit

Under Norm DeBriyn, Arkansas won three conference championships, appeared in fifteen NCAA tournaments, and four College World Series.[2] Before DeBriyn, Arkansas had never played in an NCAA tournament. He also coached several future MLB stars, including Eric Hinske, Tom Pagnozzi, Kevin McReynolds, and Cliff Lee, winner of the Cy Young Award for 2008. DeBriyn was also instrumental to building the program as a whole, beginning with practices at the fairgrounds and retiring in Baum Stadium, one of the United States's premiere college baseball facilities.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Arkansas Razorbacks baseball under Norm DeBriyn
Year School Overall
Record
Conference
Record
Notes
1970 Arkansas 19-13
1971 Arkansas 23-18-1
1972 Arkansas 16-16
1973 Arkansas 23-7-1
NCAA Tournament Appearance
1974 Arkansas 22-21 9-15
1975 Arkansas 20-22 8-14
1976 Arkansas 31-15-1 12-12
1977 Arkansas 33-18 14-10
1978 Arkansas 31-13 18-6
1979 Arkansas 49-15 19-5 SWC Tournament runner-up
NCAA Tournament Appearance
CWS Runner-up
1980 Arkansas 44-22 15-8 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1981 Arkansas 31-21 12-9
1982 Arkansas 40-15-2 13-8
1983 Arkansas 44-21 13-8 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1984 Arkansas 40-16 12-9
1985 Arkansas 51-15 13-7 SWC Conference Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Appearance
CWS Appearance
1986 Arkansas 51-14 16-5 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1987 Arkansas 51-16-1 17-14 SWC Champions
NCAA Tournament Appearance
CWS Appearance
1988 Arkansas 39-23 12-9 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1989 Arkansas 51-16 17-4 SWC Champions
NCAA Tournament Appearance
CWS Appearance
1990 Arkansas 39-23 12-9 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1991 Arkansas 40-22 10-11
1992 Arkansas 31-26 10-13
1993 Arkansas 33-26 11-16
1994 Arkansas 33-26 13-13
1995 Arkansas 38-23 13-15 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1996 Arkansas 39-20 15-15 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1997 Arkansas 36-20 15-14
1998 Arkansas 38-21 13-14 NCAA Tournament Appearance
1999 Arkansas 42-23 22-8 SEC Champions
NCAA Tournament Appearance
2000 Arkansas 24-30 8-20
2001 Arkansas 27-29 11-19
2002 Arkansas 35-28 13-14 NCAA Tournament Appearance
Super Regional Appearance
TOTALS
1161-650-6 2 SWC Championships
1 SEC Championship
15 NCAA Tournament Appearances
4 CWS Appearances

Source: Hog Haven Baseball Year-by-Year Record

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Report: Norm DeBriyn to announce retirement." Tuesday, June 11, 2002. Batesville Daily Guard. Story. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Norm DeBriyn." Article. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "40 new deacons ordained". Arkansas Catholic. December 1, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Rogers, Kendall. "Rivals 10: College Baseball's Best Stadiums." October 28, 2008. Rivals.com Article. Retrieved on January 24, 2009.