University of Pittsburgh head softball coach Jodi Hermanek announced Wednesday, Aug. 29 the hiring of Brock Van Faussien as an assistant coach on the softball staff.
Van Faussien joins the crew as the second assistant as Hermanek announced the addition of Jillian Van Wagnen as the top assistant last week. He comes to Pitt following a season at Georgia as the volunteer assistant.
“When I was hired at Pitt, Brock was the first person I called to see if he would take over our offensive leadership,” said Hermanek. “He brings a wealth of coaching experience with him from some of the highest levels of professional baseball, as well as SEC softball. His work ethic and poise will help lead this team to new heights.”
Van Faussien was a part of the 2018 Bulldogs’ squad that reached the Women’s College World Series, falling to eventual National Champion Florida State. He helped lead Georgia to a 43-10 record in the regular season and a second place finish in the SEC with a 16-8 mark. The Bulldogs were predicted to finish ninth in the SEC Preseason Poll, thus exceeding expectations in 2018. The squad finished last a year ago.
“I am very honored and thankful to have the opportunity to coach at Pitt,” said Van Faussien. “I love the energy and the enthusiasm within the athletic department. I am ready to get to work and continue the winning tradition that this team has created.”
Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, Van Faussien was heavily involved in the baseball community. He was a member of the coaching staff at Southeastern Louisiana University when the Lions won the Southland Conference Regular Season Title, while producing a record-setting 42 wins in a season.
Earlier in his career, Van Faussien spent time with Liberty baseball from 2001-02 and helped the Flames to back-to-back appearances in the Big South Conference Tournament and a pair of 30-plus win seasons.
He also worked with collegiate summer teams for three years, aiding the Edenton Steamers (1998) and Durham Americans (2002) of the Coastal Plains League, and the Orleans Cardinals (2001) in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Current Major League Baseball (MLB) player A.J. Ellis was a member of the Durham Americans squad.
As a graduate assistant coach from 1998-2000, Van Faussien helped lead Clemson baseball to a trip to the 2000 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., a Super Regional appearance at Texas A&M in 1999 and a NCAA Regional appearance in 1998. While with the Tigers, he worked with future MLB player Khalil Greene, the 2002 Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award winner.
Van Faussien earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Liberty in 1997. He is married to his wife, Reba, and has a daughter, Charlotte Sue.