|Brooks Webb (center) with Pitching Coach Matt LaCour (left) and Manager Tom Meusborn (right)|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Former Birmingham-Southern pitcher Brooks Webb is seeing success after his career as a Panther, helping to lead the USA Baseball 15U Team to a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American Championships.
Webb (BSC '11) is the Director of Operations for the team, who finished the championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, with a perfect 8-0 record.
Team USA notched victories against Dominican Republic (12-2), Mexico (12-1), Panama (3-0), Colombia (13-3), Cuba (11-9), and Brazil (9-0) to move to the semifinals, where they defeated Panama (5-4) to move to the gold medal game and then beat Cuba again (6-1) to win gold.
The team has now qualified for the 2014 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup.
"Being able to help lead the process of selecting the 15U National Team was an honor already," Webb said, "but you don't realize what an incredible experience it is until you step into an international competition. Going through the opening ceremonies, hearing the national anthem, and seeing Team USA step out on the field just gives you chills.
"Bringing home the gold medal was no easy feat," Webb continued. "We faced some challenges along the way, like trailing by one run entering the last inning of the semi-final game against Panama. But our coaching staff instilled in our team early in training that no matter what the score was, we were never out of the game. The players bought into that, and if they hadn't, I don't think we would have brought home the gold medal.
"I couldn't have asked for a better group of coaches, players and support staff," Webb said. "They came together and represented the USA in the best way possible on and off the field, and now they get to go home as gold medalists."