Baseball: Rangeview stays in house, hires Brian Gausman as head coach

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AURORA | One of Aurora’s first families of baseball has a coach in its midst.

Brian Gausman, who attended Grandview along with his brother Kevin, now a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles, and took a shot at a pro career as a pitcher, has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Rangeview according to athletic director Vic Strouse.

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Gausman has been the Raiders’ pitching coach for the past four seasons under Mike Hamilton, who stepped down in May after 15 years. In his final season, Hamilton — who will be an assistant with Rangeview’s softball team in the fall — guided the Raiders to a fourth-place finish in the East Metro Athletic Conference, which yielded an automatic berth in the Class 5A district playoffs.

Rangeview played well against top-seeded Cherry Creek, but eventually lost 3-0.

The Raiders expect to have back infielder Josh Schumacher, who was the lone Aurora player to make the All-EMAC first team, plus an all-conference second team selection in infielder Edgar Castaneda.

After he graduated from Grandview, Gausman played four seasons at New Mexico State before he signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals. The right-hander spent two seasons in the Royals’ minor league system and posted a 3-2 record with a 2.68 ERA in 2007 with Rookie level Burlington.

Gausman has seven years of coaching experience and has taught in Rangeview’s social studies department for four years.

Meanwhile, Kevin Gausman — the No. 4 pick in the 2012 draft out of Louisiana State — is 1-0 with a 4.94 ERA in nine games this season for Baltimore.

Rangeview is the second Aurora program to hire a new baseball coach in the last week, following Gausman’s alma mater, Grandview, which tabbed Scott Henry to fill the head job vacated by Dean Adams.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel