Walsh Jesuit senior Cassidy Brown has made a commitment to head west to continue his academic and athletic careers at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.
Brown, who is 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds, will play on the Lions baseball team as a catcher, a position he plays for the Warriors.
Brown was named to the All-Ohio Division I first-team and the All-North Coast League first-team as a junior in 2012 in addition to being selected as Walsh’s co-MVP, a Rawlings All-American and a Max Preps Top 50 Player.
“What a luxury it has been for four years to confidently write Cassidy’s name in the lineup,” Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said. “A coach could not ask for more out of a young man than what Cassidy has given to Walsh Jesuit baseball for the past four years. Being an elite player only scratches the surface in describing the asset he has been — and still is — for our program.”
Brown, a Hudson resident, started as a freshman on Walsh's 2010 team that was the Division II state runner-up. He was also invited to participate in USA Baseball 18U National Team Tryouts and the Perfect Game National Showcase this year. As a sophomore in 2011, he was named Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Player of the Year.
“To be a four-year starter in any sport is special, but at the position of catcher it is a remarkable accomplishment,” Kaczmar said. “He has given of himself to better the staff and help those around him. He is one of the rare players that is mature and professional beyond his years who doesn’t have to be told what to do or how to act to make the biggest impact on the program. His approach to the game, to decision-making, and to life is tremendously consistent. He is a good friend and a wonderful person. He will be sorely missed as both a player and a person when he moves on to Loyola Marymount.”