A man who started his coaching career at Brookville High School under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach, the late Jim Hughes, will also enter the same HOF.

Brian Abbott is part of the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) HOF Class of 2020.

Abbott, married to the former Trisha Glaub of Brookville, started teaching and coaching in Brookville in 1983. Trisha is the daughter of Nina Shaw, and her stepfather is Gary Shaw. The Abbotts have two children, Tyler and Briley.

While at Brookville, Abbott coached junior high football with Jerry Mainous; ninth grade boys basketball with Steve “Sparky” Renaker; and was the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach to Hughes in high school baseball.

IHSBCA has released its Hall of Fame class for 2020, and Abbott is on the list. The induction ceremonies will be held Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Sheraton at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis.

This event will be part of the three-day IHSBCA state clinic (January 16 – 18), and information is available at www.ihsbca.org. Banquet tickets are $45 and available by contacting HOF Chairman Jeff McKeon at 317-445-9899 or jmckeon@plainfield.k12.in.us 

This year's class includes two coaches, Tony Uggen – Northfield HS / Blackford HS and Scott Upp – LaPorte HS; one player, Clint Barmes – Vincennes; one contributor / coach, Abbott; and the Veterans Committee nominee – George Cuppy, Logansport.

Abbott spent 21 years as a high school coach at Eastbrook HS and Huntington North HS. He amassed more than 300 wins, seven county championships, four conference titles, three sectional crowns, one regional title and a final four appearance in 1999. 

Abbott served as an IHSBCA district rep for many years and was named IHSBCA Executive Director in 2012, a role in which he currently serves. During this time, the IHSBCA has experienced significant growth in all aspects of the state clinic and in the membership; in addition to assisting financially with the expansion of the Hall of Fame. 

During the high school coaching years, Abbott also served as a pitching coach at Huntington College / University from 1997 – 2007 and again from 2013 - present. He was a part of teams that appeared in five straight NAIA regionals and recently (2017, 2019) the HU team has been in two national tournament regionals. In between stints at HC / HU, Brian served as the pitching coach for Indiana Wesleyan University for five years where two of his pitchers signed professional contracts. He has spent more than 20 years in the college game as an assistant coach. 

Regardless of the school, Abbott's pitching staffs are very well respected and have appeared several times in the national level ERA rankings. Abbott played four years of varsity baseball at Delphi HS and pitched collegiately at Huntington College where he obtained a BS in mathematics education. He also has a Master's Degree in mathematics, a Masters in school administration from Ball State, and is currently in his 37th year in education, teaching math at Riverview MS in Huntington.