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WIU Baseball: Brownlee introduced as Leathernecks skipper

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Ryan Brownlee takes over the Western Illinois baseball program after spending the last nine years as an assistant at Iowa. Ryan Brownlee takes over the Western Illinois baseball program after spending the last nine years as an assistant at Iowa.

MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- Newly named Western Illinois baseball coach Ryan Brownlee isn't making any bold predictions like win totals or conference titles.

His focus is more centered around short term goals.

For instance, improving now as opposed to thinking of a season that's still more than four months away.

Brownlee was officially introduced as the skipper of the Leathernecks on Thursday morning after spending the last nine seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.

In all, he's coached at the Division I level for 15 years and spent the 2001 and 2002 summers with the Quincy Gems.

His sights are set on turning things around in Macomb.

"With college baseball anything is possible," Brownlee said.

"You don't have to put limitations on yourself. Any time you start talking about limitations that's what (opponents) are going to look at. Hopefully we can take this thing as far as it can go and hopefully that ends at the (College) World Series. But we need to worry about today."

Brownlee has already compiled a coaching staff and immersed himself in to the fall season.

He replaces Mike Villano who resigned last month following a pair of seasons as head coach.

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