FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Arkansas baseball skipper and hall of fame coach Norm DeBriyn was named one of four members of the 2016 class of Southeastern Conference (SEC) Legends Tuesday by the league office. DeBriyn will be recognized at the 2016 SEC Baseball Tournament held on May 24-29 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama.
Over a coaching career that spanned four decades, DeBriyn took over as head coach of the Arkansas baseball program in 1970 at the age of 28. DeBriyn guided the Razorbacks to a pair of Southwest Conference (SWC) titles, one SEC title, one SEC Western Division title, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and four NCAA College World Series appearances.
The Razorbacks had their best national finish is school history under DeBriyn in 1979 as they finished runner-up in the College World Series.
Upon his retirement, DeBriyn ranked 14th all-time in career wins among NCAA Division I head coaches with a record of 1,161-650-6 for a career winning percentage of .641. He still ranks as the University of Arkansas’ all-time leader in victories.
In 33 years with Razorback baseball, DeBriyn coached 19 All-America selections, six Freshman All-Americans, 58 All-Conference choices and 48 All-Tournament selections.
DeBriyn was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1999 and earned SWC Coach of the Year six times (1978, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990). He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Razorback Hall of Honor in 1991.
Joining DeBriyn in this year’s class is Gabe Gross from Auburn, Cris Carpenter from Georgia and Scott Downs of Kentucky. DeBriyn is the second Razorback to be named an SEC Legend since 2012, when former All-American Kevin McReynolds was part of the inaugural class.
“The SEC Baseball Legends program is an opportunity to recognize the history and tradition of baseball in our conference,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “These individuals helped establish a foundation for the current and future success of our college baseball programs and the opportunities enjoyed today by our student-athletes.”
DeBriyn will be on hand to throw out the first pitch at Friday’s series opener between the Razorbacks and Alabama Crimson Tide at Baum Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT.