Former Cocoa High standout Brandon Romans was named an assistant coach for the UCF baseball team Monday afternoon.
Romans, who played at UCF from 2007-09 as an outfielder and catcher and then served three seasons as the volunteer assistant, returns to UCF after spending the past three seasons working with catchers and outfielders at Jacksonville State.
"I am fired up to be back home and coaching the Knights again," Romans said. "I would like to give a special thanks to coach Rooney and all the administrative staff here for bringing me back. Three years ago coach Jim Case provided me with an opportunity at Jacksonville State and enabled me to develop my approach as a recruiter and hitting coach."
As a player with the Knights, Romans posted a .314 average with 17 homers and 77 RBI. The 2009 UCF graduate earned a degree in communications.
"I am excited to welcome back home Brandon Romans as assistant coach," Rooney said. "Brandon is one of the top young offensive coaches and recruiters in the country. He did an incredible job at Jacksonville State the last three years, including a conference championship and NCAA Regional bid. He is a winner, and as an alum, understands what it means to be a Knight."
Romans worked alongside assistant coach Ryan Klosterman during the 2012 season, leading UCF to the second of back-to-back NCAA regional appearances. Klosterman has been promoted to the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach.
Klosterman, a Clermont native, enters his fifth campaign on Rooney's staff and takes on additional responsibilities. He had previously worked primarily with the squad's infielders and team defense.