IOWA CITY, Ia. — Given his ultimate goal of becoming a college athletics administrator, Scott Brickman decided now was the right time for a change. He’ll still have deep roots at Iowa, but his black-and-gold responsibilities will just look a little different.
Brickman, who just finished his fourth season as the Hawkeyes' pitching coach, has taken a position in the athletic area of the UI Foundation, where he’ll be part of a fundraising team that works with all Iowa teams’ needs.
“The decision I made is not one you make overnight,” Brickman told Hawk Central on Saturday night. “It’s something that my wife, Cassie, and I have been talking about for a while. And for me professionally, I have some other goals. I think at some point in my career, I’d like to be an administrator in college athletics.
“And part of getting to that point, the next step for me professionally is to gain this experience I’ll be able to have working for the athletic department in the foundation with fundraising. So having this opportunity, I’m very, very fortunate.”
Following the birth of his first child last September, Brickman said he seriously began contemplating a move when a Foundation position opened up in “mid-March or April.”
The 41-year-old acknowledged it was difficult to leave an Iowa program that appears to be building steam, but knowing he’ll still be right down the road made the decision a bit easier.
“I’ll still be able to drop in and see those guys — Rick (Heller) and Marty (Sutherland) and all those guys — and have conversations, just different conversations than what I’m used to,” Brickman said. “I’ll be removed from the program, but I’ll still be able to watch them.”
Brickman exits after a memorable 2017 campaign that saw the Hawkeyes win 39 games, secure the program’s first Big Ten Conference Tournament title and make a second NCAA regional appearance in three seasons. He helped guide a makeshift pitching staff that lost crucial pieces early in Nick Allgeyer, Kole Kampen and C.J. Eldred — but still bounced back for a quality year, particularly down the stretch.
Gallagher became the Friday ace Iowa desperately needed. Ryan Erickson was solid in the postseason after taking over the Saturday role in mid-March, and the battle-tested bullpen was at its best during the Hawkeyes’ late-season surge.
After nearly two decades’ worth of coaching, Brickman knows both the game and Hawkeyes baseball will remain significant passions. From his new role, he’ll watch the future unfold with a smile.
“I’m going to miss the players — and you’ll probably never be able to take baseball out of me — but this ride we had this year was a lot of fun,” Brickman said. "This team just meshed at a higher level. I’m not sure it was our most talented team, but it was just a tremendous group of guys. For all of us who were part of this team, there will be some memories that we’ll always take with us.
“I’m looking forward to watching the future.”
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.