Former Gateway Grizzlie replaces Joe Lincoln as Manager for inaugural season

O’FALLON, Mo. – The O’Fallon Hoots, members of the Prospect League, announced today that Matt Brown has been tapped as Manager for the summer 2021 season. Brown replaces initial Manager Joe Lincoln after the latter stepped down to pursue an opportunity outside of baseball for the summer.

“First, I’d like to thank Joe for all of the groundwork he laid for our team,” Hoots and CarShield Field General Manager David Schmoll said. “I’ve had multiple conversations with Matt Brown throughout this process and he is someone that is going to bring an incredible level of energy for our team. He wants to win and he wants his players and fans to have fun being at the ballpark. I couldn’t be more excited for him to be a Hoot.”

Brown echoed Schmoll’s sentiments. 

“I am honored to be the Manager of the O’Fallon Hoots,” Brown said. “Coaching has been something I always wanted to do, and, although I’ll miss playing, I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my career as your Manager.”

Brown was born in St. Louis, Mo. and graduated from Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Mo. In 2013, Matt was named the Rising Star recipient by the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame as well as earning MCC player of the year. After graduating high school, he received an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Arkansas. After transferring from Arkansas, he attended Jefferson College where he twice earned All-Region Honors. From there, he received a baseball scholarship from Missouri State University for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. During his two-year career for the Bears, he was part of two Missouri Valley Conference Championships as well as berths in a Super Regional followed by a Regional bid in 2018. During his final year, he hit a team-leading 14 home runs and earned All-Conference Honors. After college, Brown played three seasons in the Frontier League, wrapping up his career with the Gateway Grizzlies. He is an instructor for the Grizzlies Baseball Academy in addition to Managing the Hoots.

Hoots season tickets and mini plans, along with the MLB Alumni Home Run Derby featuring Jim Edmonds and Rick Ankiel, are currently on sale by visiting ofallonhoots.com or by calling 636-741-4668.

The Hoots and CarShield Field are committed to providing a safe and responsible environment for friends and families to enjoy entertainment this summer. We will continue to comply with federal, state and local government health mandates and recommendations.

For up-to-the-minute information about the Hoots, visit ofallonhoots.com or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the O’Fallon Hoots

The O’Fallon Hoots began play in O’Fallon, Missouri in May 2020 after relocating from Hannibal, Missouri following the 2019 season. For tickets, merchandise, or any team information, visit ofallonhoots.com.

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