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"Brian is extremely experienced for his age," head coach Tony Rossi said upon his hiring. "When you ask about young pitching coaches who can make a difference, I believe Brian has that knowledge and experience. He is familiar with the day to day operation of a Division I program, and the needs of student athletes. His personality, communication skills, and recruiting energy fit the College and our baseball program perfectly. We are happy to have him aboard."
McCullough spent the last five years at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. where he served as interim head coach in 2014. A former starting pitcher and team captain for the Lancers, he took over for legendary head coach Charles Buddy Bolding, who retired after 35 years at the helm (953-544-4) in 2013. McCullough spent the previous four years as an assistant coach under Bolding, serving as the program's recruiting coordinator and pitching coach, while also assisting with all baseball operations.
McCullough helped Longwood reach the semifinals of the Big South Tournament in its first year with the conference in 2013. He coached 2012 New York Yankees minor league organizational Pitcher of the Year Mark Montgomery for two years at Longwood as well as 2014 First Team All-Big South selection Aaron Myers.
McCullough, the 2007 Longwood Male Athlete of the Year played professionally in the independent Frontier, Northern and Atlantic Leagues from 2007-11. He was named the 2007 Division I Independent League Pitcher of the Year. McCullough was a four-year starter at Longwood from 2004-07, compiling a career record of 20-14 with a 3.56 earned run average over 329.0 innings with 258 strikeouts and four saves. The innings pitched and strikeouts remain school records.
The Virginia Beach native is a 2003 graduate of Princess Anne High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Longwood in 2010. His great grandfather, Samuel Franklin `Sank' McCullough, played for the New York Giants and San Antonio Indians while Sank's brother, Paul Willard McCullough, played for the Washington Senators.