July 22, 2010

Courtesy of UMSL Athletics

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –
University of Missouri-St. Louis Director of Athletics Lori Flanagan has named Brian Levin as the Tritons’ head softball coach. Levin arrives on the UMSL campus from Murray State University and replaces Chuck Sosnowski, who resigned last month after five years at the helm of the program.

“We are excited to welcome Brian into our UMSL family as the softball coach,” said Flanagan. “He is committed to our vision of the student-athlete and will bring extensive knowledge and leadership to that position that will benefit UMSL Athletics and Tritons Softball. He also has a passion for teaching the game and has the ability to build on this program’s success over the last few years.”

Levin spent one season at NCAA Division I Murray State, helping lead the Racers to a 22-29 record in its inaugural season, including a fifth-place finish in the 11-team Ohio Valley Conference and a berth in the league’s post-season tournament.

“I am tremendously excited to be named the UMSL softball coach and my family and I are thrilled about coming back home to the St. Louis area,” said Levin. “UMSL is a quality Division II program in a strong athletic conference that has produced some excellent teams.

“I was also impressed by the vision of the athletic department and its staff and am looking forward to being apart of that as well as carrying on the solid tradition of the softball program.”

The Granite City, Ill., native is also the founder of STAAR hitting mechanics and camps and the ASA Clarksville Heat Softball Organization in Clarksville, Tenn.  In his 11 years of coaching, his teams have consistently hit over .300 as a team.

Levin played collegiate football and baseball at Peru State College where he was a two-time all-conference player. He finished his baseball career with a .344 batting averaging and moved on to play Fastpitch softball in southeast Nebraska and semi-professional baseball in the St. Louis area. Levin also earned All-American place-kicker honors in college.

Levin has spent the last 20 years in the military, including the last 15 stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky., with the 5th Special Forces Group. While stationed at Ft. Campbell he was an active volunteer coach for football, baseball and softball at Ft. Campbell High School.

Levin earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Peru State University in 1988 and a master's degree from Northcentral University in sports management and leadership in 2009.

Levin is married to the former Michelle Morgan and has two children, Alisha (23) and Matthew (19). Alisha played softball for Providence College, while Matthew is on the football team at the University of Dubuque.