Selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
Kristen Brown, an Intensity alum class of 2012, was named a 2015 Third Team All-American this week. The Long Island, NY native joined the Intensity organization during her senior year, and made a huge impact from start to finish in her time with us. I have been lucky enough to have played with Brown in her solo season with our program under Kevin O'Donnell, and from the first time I met her at Bert Willis Park, I knew that she was going to make a difference for our team and in her college career. Guess what: she did.
Though she was a top pitcher for high school who was named the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New York, she was an even better shortstop. She had a canon for an arm and range that made plays in the 5-6 hole look routine, but it was her bat that did most of the talking. The Long Island slugger had a record-breaking year for the Tar Heels this season topping the school record for home runs in a single season (24), RBIs in a single season (67), and the career home run record with 47, and we know there is more to come in her exit season in 2016. With an unbelievable .853 slugging percentage that led the way for the ACC conference, this is no shock to anyone especially to former coach, Kevin O'Donnell. He had this to say about Brown, "We are so proud of KB achieveing ALL-AMERICAN status. It is not surprising due to her dynamic offensve qualities which are layered with passion, dedication and hardwork! 'It's outta here' is KB's newest nickname."
Skill set aside, Brown is also known for being a great teammate here at Intensity and with the Tar Heels. Jillian Ferraro, Intensity Alum class of 2013 and UNC teammate, added, "KB is one of those players that goes hard 100% of the time. She's always willing to put in extra on the field and in the batting cages. She's a fun teammate to be around because she is humble and supportive of every player on the team. KB is a competitor and was always up to any challenge presented to her. It's no surprise to me that she beat the UNC home run record in her junior year." O'Donnell and Ferraro have said it well. There is no surprise in Brown's success for her work ethic, natural talent, and her respect for others in the game have lifted her to an incredible honor.
I had the opportunity to talk to Brown herself and this what she said about being honored, "This is what I've dreamed about since I was a little girl, so it's truly an honor to receive this award. I couldn't have done it without the awesome teammates I have behind me! I am so thankful and blessed to be a Tar Heel!"
Congratulations to Kristen and best of luck to her in her senior season! We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. We cannot wait to see what is in store in the rest of your journey from good to great! Thank you for representing Intensity on the big stage well.
Written by Gabriela Elvina
Georgetown University Class of 2017
Intensity Alum Class of 2013