Head Coach Mark Brew
Mark Brew begins his 10th season as head coach of the Flames in 2016. He directed his first seven Lee teams to the NAIA College World Series before leading the transition to NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference last season.
Brew's boys finished with a 39-19-1 record in 2015 and ended their second season of GSC competition with a 17-13-1 mark. After a successful regular season the Flames would go on to host and win the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament for the second straight season and advance to the World Series in Mason, Ohio. Lee would secure a second consecutive second place finish after falling to Fresno Pacific in the national championship game.
On April 4, 2014 Lee topped 12th-ranked Delta State, 5-3 to secure Brew's 400th career victory, all coming at Lee.
Prior to joining the NCAA Division II ranks Lee dominated the NAIA landscape finishing second in the World Series in 2008 and 2010, and third in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 the Flames posted another impressive record at 51-12 while having a record five players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft and two others ink free agent contracts.
In Brew’s nine-year tenure with the Flames, he has been named conference Coach of the Year twice (2008 and 2010) and has been named Region Coach of the Year six times (2008-2013). In 2008 he was named National Coach of the Year. He was also named SSAC Men’s Coach of the Year for the 2008 and 2011 campaigns. The Lee skipper has compiled an outstanding overall record of 414-108-1 with a winning percentage of .791.
Brew reached a milestone in his career on March 20, 2012 as the Lee coach reached his 300th career win with a victory over Freed-Hardeman University. Brew’s clubs have eclipsed 50 wins in seven of his eight seasons, averaging over 54 wins each campaign.
Prior to taking over the Flames' program, Brew served as Lee's chief assistant under former head coach David Altopp for 10 years.
Brew had a successful four-year playing career at Trevecca Nazarene University under Coach David Altopp. In 1990, Brew was the top hitter for the Trevecca baseball team. He was alos the closer for the Trojans for four years. In 1993, he posted a 4-0 record, had four saves, and a 1.80 earned run average. He was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete while at Trevecca and was named the University's Outstanding Christian Athlete during his senior year.
A 1994 graduate of Trevecca, Brew received a B.S. degree in Physical Education and was an employee of the Nashville City School system before joining the Lee staff. In 2006, Brew added to his educational portfolio by earning a Master of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala.
A native of Smyrna, Tenn., Brew and his wife Rachel have been married for 21 years. They are blessed with two children, Elise and Alex.
Assistant Coach Barrett Serrato
Head coach Mark Brew has announced the addition of Barrett Serrrato as the new assistant coach for the Lee baseball team beginning this season.
Serrato previously served the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State University. While on staff he was in charge of hitting and the infielders while assisting with the outfielders and base running. The Golden Flashes were the Mid-America Conference (MAC) Champions in 2016 and 2017 while winning the East Division in all three seasons he was there.
Serrato was drafted by the Miami Marlins in June 2008 out of high school but decided to play collegiately at Purdue University. Serrato experienced a decorated playing career with the Boilermakers from 2009-2012. He was named to the All-Regional Team and All-Big Ten Tournament team in 2012. He was an All-Big Ten player in 2011 and 2012 while also achieving success in the classroom as an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
After graduating from Purdue with a degree in Physical Education he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2012 and played three seasons in the Minor Leagues with the Spokane Indians (Low A) of the Northwest League and the Frisco Roughriders (AA) of the Texas League.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Serrato to our Lee University family. He is a rising star in the coaching ranks and he has quickly gained a reputation as an excellent hitting coach and infield instructor while at Kent State,” remarked Brew. “His passion for growth, ability to teach the game, and past experiences at the highest levels of baseball have prepared him for this opportunity. He has excellent communication skills, is an excellent evaluator of talent, and possesses an extremely high level of energy which will serve him well leading our recruiting efforts. More importantly, he is a person of high character and integrity and he will be an excellent fit into the culture of our program and university. I’m excited to see the continued growth of our program with Coach Serrato as a part of it.”
Serrato will be making the move with his finance Karlie. The couple is set to get married on Saturday back in Ohio.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity and grateful to Coach Brew for giving me the chance to be here at Lee,” said Serrato. “There is such a great baseball tradition here at Lee and my goals are to keep that tradition going strong while helping to develop players so they can grow and achieve their goals on and off the diamond.”
Assistant Coach Richie Goodnow
Richie Goodenow is in his first year as the pitching coach for the Flames. Goodenow is a former left-handed pitcher for the powerful Vanderbilt University baseball program and also spent one season at Lipscomb University. He received a degree in Sociology at Vandy and a Master's Degree in Conflict Management/Negotiation from Lipscomb.
During the 2010 NCAA Regional, Goodenow was named the MVP after hurling a 2-hit shutout against the University of Louisville. Also in 2010, he paced the Commodores in appearances (31) and in 44.1 innings, he recorded 47 strikeouts and only issued 12 walks.
"We are very pleased to have found a pitching coach of Richie's caliber in the middle of the year," noted Brew. "He came very highly recommended from coaches I respect immensely. His knowledge-base is excellent and he is a well-respected young coach. His blue-collar work ethic and how much he has improved as a pitching coach in a short period of time are some of the things that attracted me most."
Brew added, "Coach Goodenow fits well into the culture of excellence in our program and university. I look forward to working alongside him as he and wife Lesley join the Lee University family and Cleveland community."
Goodenow said he the opportunity to become a Lee coach was "unbelievable. "I grew up in the southeast (Nashville) and played baseball in this region. I look forward to working with coach Brew and (Justin) Dedman. They have a great set-up here and I feel like we are ready to win championships.