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Brian Smith

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Brian is Head Coach of Sluggers 15U Travel Baseball Team for the 2023-2024 season. Brian started as an all-state catcher in N.J. at Woodbridge H.S. 1988/89. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990 as a catcher and played Rookie Ball and Class A in Great Falls Montana. After that he played in the Australian Baseball League with the Glenelg Tigers and Sturt Saints from 1991-1995. Was MVP runner up two times in Australia as league leader in HR’s and RBI’s. He then played 4 months in the Japanese industrial league Division 2 with Kobe Steel in 1993. Brian finished his playing career in 1996 after a series of knee and shoulder operations. Was certified as a coach from the South Australian Sports Institute in 1994. Coached 14U to the Grand Final in South Australia in 1994 with the Sturt Saints. Coached Little League All Stars in Woodbridge N.J. in 1996 winning the district 15 championship in the Williamsport tournament. Returned to coaching in the Czech Republic from 2005-2013. His first club was Kotlarka Prague from 2005-2007 as head of junior development. From 2007-2011 coached for Eagles Prague as head of junior development and as hitting coach for the men’s professional team. After a very successful run of 17 championships in 23 national tournaments he moved on to another club in need of success. From 2011-2013 became head coach and director of player development for the Trebic Nuclears. Was the head coach of the men’s professional team, the men’s developmental team, the U10 team and an assistant coach of he Czech National Team. Brian was also the club professional coach and did extensive clinics with local schools, ran summer camps for the club and did private instruction with players of all ages. During his time in Europe Brian also worked with Major League Baseball on developing youth baseball programs throughout Eastern Europe. Upon his return to the U.S. he worked with a few programs in Georgia, most notably Chipper Jones First Strike program out of Suwanee and RBA baseball. Then he decided to start his own travel program Alpharetta Indians. Brian has over 30 years experience in baseball both as a professional player and coach.

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