Brandon Belanger enters his first season with the Green Wave coaching staff, but is no stranger to the Tulane baseball tradition.
A 1999 first-team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-American and Tulane record holder, Belanger has an understanding of the goals and objectives of the Tulane baseball program after spending two years under current head coach Rick Jones as a player from 1999-2000. In his first season as a collegiate coach, Belanger will work with Tulane outfielders, instruct base running, serve as the first base coach and assist with hitting. In addition to his coaching duties, Belanger is also responsible for the many baseball camps and clinics hosted by Tulane University.
Noted as one of the most fierce competitors ever to wear a Green Wave uniform, Belanger left his mark on the program right away, setting single-season records for saves (16) and appearances (41) while finishing 11th in the nation with a Conference USA-best 2.45 ERA. He concluded his collegiate career as Tulane's all-time saves leader with 27 and ranks eighth on the ERA list with a 3.12 mark.
During his career, Belanger helped the Green Wave to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances, including a No. 1 seed in the 1999 Auburn Regional where Tulane advanced all the way to the championship game.
Prior to joining the Green Wave as a player, Belanger spent two seasons at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College where he was named to the Junior College All-Star Team as a sophomore.
At the conclusion of his collegiate playing career, Belanger signed with the San Diego Padres organization where he played for two years, and was being promoted to the Advanced-A level when he retired to complete his degree and begin a coaching career.
A native of Houma, La. Belanger was a standout at Vandebilt Catholic High where he starred on the baseball, soccer, football, and track and field teams. On the diamond, he earned all-state, all-district and all-region honors, and set a school record with 19 strikeouts in a game.
Belanger graduated from Tulane last December with a degree in social science. He is married to the former Angie Mullins of Monticello, Miss., and the couple is expecting their first child in June.