Daren Brown joins the Kingsport Axmen with more than two decades of managerial experience at various levels throughout the Seattle Mariners organization and more than 1,200 wins as a manager. Brown was most recently the skipper for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers in 2019, returning to the club after also serving at the helm from 2007-13. He got his start in coaching while playing for the Amarillo Dillas in the Texas-Louisiana League, serving as the team’s pitching coach from 1994-97. After his playing career, Brown stayed on as manager for the Dillas until 2000, leading the team to first place finishes in all three seasons as manager and earning Texas-Louisiana League Manager of the Year honors after winning a league championship in 1999. Brown also won a league championship in 2016 with the Double-A Jackson Generals, leading the team to an 84-55 record in the Southern League. In a brief stint as the interim manager of the Mariners in 2010, Brown collected 19 MLB wins and later rejoined the big league club in 2013 to serve as the team’s third base coach. Before getting into coaching, Brown spent four years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization after being drafted by the team in the 29th round of the 1989 MLB Draft. The Holdenville, Okla., native then spent five years with the Dillas, where he not only began his coaching career as a player/coach, but was also named the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and was a Texas-Louisiana League All-Star from 1995-98.
Kingsport Axmen Coaching Staff