Brian Levin (Leh-VANN) joined Belmont University as head softball coach in August 2016.
"I could not be more excited that Brian has accepted our offer to lead our softball program," Belmont's Director of Athletics Scott Corley said. "Brian's experience and success as a head coach speaks for itself. In addition to winning on the field, Brian is committed to building high-character women that will be successful off the field, making him the perfect fit for our program. I look forward to working with Brian as he takes our softball program to new heights."
One season into the Levin era saw Belmont Softball transformed. The program advanced to its first postseason tournament in the Division I era at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season and went on to earn a win at the Ohio Valley Conference tourney.
A veteran of college and professional softball, Levin came to Belmont following a successful six-year stint as head coach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). During that time, he directed the Tritons to a 249-83 (.750) record, including a sparkling 150-25 (.857) mark his final three seasons.
Ranking among the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II, Levin led Missouri-St. Louis to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) – including consecutive Super Regional appearances in 2014 and 2015 – and three straight Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) tournament championships
In his final season with UMSL, the Tritons posted a 53-9 record, led the nation in fielding percentage, and earned placement in the top 10 of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 25 poll every week, including a No. 6 final ranking.
At Missouri-St. Louis, Levin had eight All-America honorees – including four-time All-American and 2016 graduate Hannah Perryman – 21 All-Region selections and 37 garner All-GLVC distinction.
Under Levin's watch, Perryman set NCAA Division II career records for perfect games (nine) and strikeouts (1,725). Her 567 strikeouts as a senior also set an NCAA Division II single-season standard. In April, Perryman became the first NCAA Division II player ever drafted by the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) league, selected No. 37 overall by the Akron Racers.
Levin was named GLVC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2015.
He also completed three seasons as field manager of the Akron Racers of the NPF. Levin has coached nine All-NPF selections as was named to the 2014 NPF Coaching Staff of the Year.
Levin began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Murray State University.
The Granite City, Illinois native founded STAAR hitting mechanics and camps and the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Clarksville Heat Softball Organization in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Levin played collegiate football and baseball at Peru State College (NE) 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-America honors in football as a place-kicker.
Levin also spent 20 years in the military, including 15 stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 5th Special Forces Group. Among his responsibilities, Levin organized and trained combat forces. While stationed at Fort Campbell, he was an active volunteer coach for football, baseball and softball at Fort Campbell High School.
He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Peru State College 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 and Matthew. Alisha played softball for Providence College, while Matthew played football at the University of Dubuque.
Coach Levin By the Numbers
|2010-11||UMSL||31-20||GLVC Coach of the Year, Great Lakes Valley Conference title|
|2012-13||UMSL||41-13||GLVC Tournament champions, NCAA Tournament|
|2013-14||UMSL||49-8||GLVC Tournament champions, NCAA Midwest Super Regional|
|2014-15||UMSL||48-8||GLVC Tournament champions, NCAA Midwest Super Regional, GLVC Coach of the Year|