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All-Metro Baseball Coach of the Year: Brian Culley, Mount Hebron

Baseball Coach of the Year: Brian Culley, Mount Hebron
(Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Brian Culley accepted the head coaching position at Mount Hebron nine years ago looking to make a difference, and he has. Culley led the No. 5 Vikings to their first baseball region championship in 35 years this season as the team posted a 19-4 record, won the Howard County championship and made believers out of the community.

"I was blessed with six seniors who took the bull by the horns and never quit. They were grinders," said Culley, who played and coached at McDaniel.

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Mount Hebron went 11-4 in one-run games, outscoring opponents 104-55. Led by seniors Mark Smith (8-1, 0.93 ERA) and Matt Ansaldi (.402, 20 RBIs) and sophomore Jack Schroeder (.390, 14 RBIs, 3-0, 2.23 ERA), the Vikings defeated defending 3A champion Reservoir, which beat them in the region finals last year, to take their first region crown since 1980.

"These kids kept believing and changed the culture and attitude around here," Culley said.

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Mount Hebron fell just short of its first state title in a 1-0 loss to Chopticon.

"As much as I wanted to win, I would not trade five state championships for the chance to coach these guys," Culley said. "We made a lot of people in the area hopeful for the future."

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