TBC Eagles head baseball coach Jon Copeland did not have to look too far to find the latest addition to his young and talented roster. Coach Copeland stayed inside the city limits and landed one of the best local players from one of Jacksonville’s top teams. Former University Christian outfielder Ryan Brooks will now soar with the Eagles.
Ryan Brooks – Jacksonville, FL
Ryan is a 2016 graduate of University Christian School on Jacksonville’s Southside. He played varsity baseball for three years under head coach Daryl Bizier and assistant coaches Dean, Kelley, Miller, and Pate. He played JV in Grades 8 and 9 before his promotion. Ryan is the son of his mother Vickey Walker, stepfather Gregory Walker, and father Richard Brooks.
As a senior, Ryan was one of the UC Fighting Christians’ top hitters with a slash line of .292/.469/.541. He totaled a 1.010 OPS while hitting 2 home runs, scoring 15 runs, and driving in 9 runs in 23 games. All of these numbers are well above the national average for the 2016 season.
Ryan helped the Fighting Christians reach the Florida Class 3A Regional playoffs in both 2015 and 2016. The Christians won the District 2 title and reached the Region 1 semifinal in his senior year. That 2016 playoff run was the first district championship for UC Baseball in 19 years. Ryan has also played baseball at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
In addition, Ryan played football at University, where he and the Christians won a Florida Class 2A State Championship. Ryan made First-Team All-Defense.
Ryan played basketball for the Fighting Christians as well.
Ryan cited the Spiritual atmosphere as his reasoning for choosing Trinity Baptist College. “I’m looking forward to being in a Christian environment and having teachers that care for me and want me to succeed,” he said. After college, Ryan hopes to enter the MLB Draft, but he has a backup plan. “If that doesn’t work out — which it will — I will be a sports commentator.“
Ryan’s life verse is Philippians 3:16, which says, “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.“
Coach Copeland is just as happy to have Ryan as Ryan is to join TBC and the Eagles. “We are very excited to have a player like Ryan Brooks joining our program, both as a baseball talent and a person,” said Coach Copeland. “He is a very gifted player who will continue to grow and get even better as a TBC Eagle.”
We at Trinity are happy to have the opportunity to witness and share in Ryan’s growth.