For Immediate Release
November 4, 2021
Martinsville, VA – The Martinsville Mustangs have announced Brandon Nania will return for a second season as head coach in 2022. Nania, a Murrysville, Pennsylvania native, currently serves as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at nearby Patrick & Henry Community College.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to return for a second season as manager of the Mustangs,” Nania said. “I can’t thank Mr. (Jason) Davis and everyone within the Next P.L.A.N. Athletics management firm for this opportunity. This group of people and this community have become my family, and that is exactly what we need in this organization.”
Under Nania’s leadership in 2021, the Mustangs finished with a 21-28 overall record and had four players receive First and Second Team All-Coastal Plain League honors including catcher Matt Malone and outfielders Christain Easley, Will Knight and Benny Serrano – who finished third in the league with a .368 average.
As an assistant coach with the Mustangs in 2020, Nania guided outfielder Joe Simone to a CPL First-Team selection as well as University of Arkansas standouts Brady Slavens and Matt Goodheart to Second-Team honors during the squads successful 19-12-1 campaign.
“The group of young men we are bringing in this summer are going to be an extremely talented group – ranging from local talent all the way to the west coast,” Nania added. “We’re excited to bring great baseball back to historic Hooker Field and will focus on making this team and organization as community-oriented as possible. This is truly home to me and I can’t wait for the new season.”
A P&HCC alumnus, Nania compiled a historic career with the Patriots. A two-time All-Region selection and member of the All-Defensive team, Nania set the PHCC single season record for RBI’s (60), career RBI’s (117), career doubles (42), and career home runs (16) before moving onto Winston-Salem State University.
“We have 110% confidence in Coach Nania,” team president Jason Davis said. “We are confident that he can and will take this Mustangs organization to new heights.”
Martinsville will open its 18th season in the CPL on the road on Thursday, May 26 against the Tri-City Chili Peppers.