Former UCF standout Brandon Romans begins his first season of his second stint as an assistant coach with the Knights, responsible for the catchers, outfielders and hitting. He spent the 2010-12 campaigns as the volunteer assistant following his playing career (2007-09), where he batted .314 for his career with 17 home runs and 77 RBI.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Romans worked the last three years as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State. He was responsible for the catchers, outfielders and hitting, while serving as the recruiting coordinator.
The Cocoa, Fla., native was a part of the Gamecocks' run in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, where the team won six-straight elimination games to claim the title and a berth to the NCAA Oxford Regional. Romans aided JSU to a 98-80 overall and 55-34 OVC record during his tenure.
Romans aided relief pitcher Travis Stout, who set and Michael Bishop to Louisville Slugger All-America Team accolades following the 2013 campaign.
In his final season as a volunteer assistant, the Knights totaled 45 wins for the first time since 2004, were ranked in the national polls all season, notched a program-record 16 wins in Conference USA, recorded the nation's best winning percentage on the road during the regular season (16-3) and had six players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. UCF also finished runner-up at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional.
His efforts with the offense helped the 2011 Knights rank first in C-USA in runs, hits, homers, slugging, RBI and doubles. They went on to post their most successful season since 2005 by finishing with a 39-23 record. UCF returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 as it earned a No. 2 seed in the Tallahassee Regional.
Romans coached the outfield and the catchers and assisted the Knights' offense that ranked as one of the best in the country in 2010. Outfielders Chris Duffy (.447) and Shane Brown (.428) would become the first duo in C-USA history to hit .400 in the same season as they went on to earn spots on the All-C-USA First Team.
He coached Ronnie Richardson, Alex Friedrich, Jonathan Griffin and D.J. Hicks, who were all four were named to the C-USA All-Conference first or second teams. Richardson led the league in stolen bases, while Friendrich paced the conference with 21 doubles and was second on the team with a .319 average. Griffin led the team with 19 home runs, while Hicks paced C-USA with 66 RBI and was named a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top college player.
Friedrich's phenomenal senior season came on the heels of three campaigns as a defensive replacement for the Knights. Getting a chance to play full time, he finished second on the team with a .319 batting average, while smashing 21 doubles to lead C-USA and also notching four homers, three triples, 39 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
Both Richardson, who was drafted in the 16th round by the San Diego Padres, and Friedrich had outstanding seasons in the field under Romans' guidance. The duo each recorded eight outfield assists which led to countless runners being tagged out at home to keep runs off the board.
The following is a year-by-year breakdown of Romans' playing career.
2009 (Senior): All-C-USA Second Team selection...Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, but primarily played in the outfield...Tied for sixth in UCF single-season history with 14 homers...Went .333 at the plate, leading the team in homers, RBI (49), total bases (116), slugging (.595) and walks (25)...Drew 25 walks while striking out just 15 times...Also had 39 runs and nine doubles...Racked up 18 two-out RBI, 21 multi-hit and 15 multi-RBI games...Jacked a two-run homer in a 2-for-4 affair vs. VCU (Feb. 20), finishing with three RBI...After missing three games with an injury, returned at LSU (Feb. 28) and connected for a solo homer in a two-hit affair...Went on an eight-game hitting streak (March 6-15)...Connected for a two-run homer in a two-hit, three-RBI game vs. Monmouth (March 6)...Went 4-for-9 with seven RBI, four runs, two doubles and two homers vs. Hartford and Northern Iowa (March 14-15)...Crushed a solo homer vs. Florida (March 18)...Homered in a two-hit afternoon at East Carolina (March 21)...Drove in a pair on a home run to left at ECU (March 22)...Sent a solo homer over the left-center wall at UNF (April 7)...Homered in a two-RBI, two-run game at Memphis (April 4)...Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs vs. Stetson (April 21)...Drove in four including three on a home run at UAB (April 24)...Collected two hits, two runs and a RBI at UAB (April 25)...Hammered a three-run homer in the eighth that gave UCF some breathing room in a win over USF (April 28)...Entered the UCF single-season top-10 with his 13th homer vs. Marshall (May 2)...Homered in a two-hit, two-run game vs. Marshall (May 3)...Posted two hits and two RBI vs. Stetson (May 6) and vs. Tulane (May 21).
2008 (Junior): Completed junior campaign with a .329 average in 36 games, including 16 starts overall and 14 behind the plate...Scored 10 runs and drove in 13 on 26 hits, six doubles, two homers and a sac fly...Had a .989 fielding percentage...Recorded a team-hit four hits as a pinch-hitter...Drove in a pair of runs vs. FAMU (Feb. 22)...Started at catcher vs. Pitt (March 11) and had a double while throwing out a runner on the bases...Had a base hit and a walk vs. Wagner (March 17)...Registered first multi-homer game, sending two over the wall while going 3-for-4 with three runs against Wagner (March 19)...Doubled with an RBI against UNF (March 25)...Notched a hit and a RBI against ECU (March 29)...Walked and scored a run vs. USF (April 1)...Delivered a two-hit performance with a run and stolen base vs. FGCU (April 2)...Banged out a pair of hits while driving in a run and touching home once as well vs. Stetson (April 9)...Doubled with a sac fly and a run scored vs. Memphis (April 12)...Recorded two hits and stole a base at UNF (April 15)...Singled and scored a run as a pinch-hitter at Marshall (April 18)...Earned an RBI and threw out a runner on the bases vs. Rice (April 25)...Went 2-for-3 with a double and a sac bunt vs. Rice (April 26)...Banged out three hits, including a double, with an RBI at USF (April 29)...Doubled in a run as a pinch-hitter vs. UAB (May 9)...Drove in a run on a RBI single as a pinch-hitter vs. Clemson (May 17).
2007 (Sophomore): Finished season with a .274 batting average, appearing in 42 games...Made 35 starts, 29 at catcher and six as the DH...Compiled 21 runs scored, 15 RBI, three doubles, a triple and a homer...Hit by a pitch 10 times, second-most behind only Kiko Vazquez...Had a .977 fielding percentage (191-24-5)...Went 1-for-2 with a run scored in the C-USA Championship vs. Memphis (May 25)...Cranked out three hits and scored a run at ECU (May 13)...Was 2-for-3 with a three-run triple at Stetson (May 8)...Knocked out two hits at Memphis (May 5)...Earned a single in a 1-for-1 affair vs. Stetson (May 2)...Singled and drove in a run at USF (April 17)...Had a base hit and scored the game-winning run vs. Southern Miss (April 6)...Notched a hit, RBI and a run scored at UAB (March 30)...Doubled and added a RBI and run scored vs. Rutgers (March 16)...Posted a 1-for-3 affair with two RBI and two runs scored against Army (March 13)...Tied a UCF record by posting 18 putouts thanks to the pitching staff striking out 18 batters against Northeastern (March 7)...Went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks vs. Michigan State (March 6)...Crushed a solo home run while going 3-for-5 with two runs scored vs. Monmouth (March 4)...Was 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and a RBI against Monmouth (March 3)...Doubled and scored two runs vs. Maryland (Feb. 17)...Against TCU (Feb. 9), was 2-for-3 with an RBI...Went 1-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a HBP against FIU (Feb. 4)...Posted a 2-for-4 performance with a run scored in the opener with FIU (Feb. 3).
Prior to UCF: Competed for Birmingham-Southern in 2005, playing in 32 games...Started in 18 contests at catcher and at DH...Posted a .216 batting average and drove in 18 runs...Had a hitting streak of five games, while belting a grand slam vs. Butler (March 14)...In high school, played for head coach Chuck Goldfarb at Cocoa Beach in hitting as a sophomore and a junior and was named the team's MVP both seasons...As a junior, hit .402 with two homers, seven doubles and 26 RBI...Named first team All-Space Coast and first team All-Cape Coast.