Meet the AC Athletic Coaches...

Amarillo College returns to the intercollegiate athletics competitive arena in 2022 with teams in men’s baseball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country for the first time since the mid-1980s!

Brandon Rains

Head Baseball Coach

brandonrains@actx.edu


Brandon is a former player for and 1999 graduate of West Texas A&M University. The native of Rotan, Texas, comes to AC after a brief stint as head coach at East Central College in Union, Mo., where the pandemic hampered his efforts to reinstate a baseball program that had been dormant for 20 years. Before that, Rains spent 10 seasons, 2010-2020, as head baseball coach at Brookhaven College in Dallas, where his highly successful teams twice reached the NJCAA World Series (2013 and 2019). Rains was named NJCAA Region 5 Coach of the Year four times at Brookhaven, and his 2014 squad achieved a No. 2 national ranking during the season. The Brookhaven Bears also set school records for wins with 35 in 2017 and again in 2019 with 42; and they posted no fewer than 30 victories for seven consecutive seasons beginning in 2013. Rains previously served as lead assistant coach at the University of Texas at Dallas (2002-2010). He has a master’s degree in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Coach Brandon Rains

 “Amarillo College is dedicated to building a first-class, nationally recognized baseball program, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,”



Amanda Black

Head Volleyball Coach

amandablack@actx.edu


Amanda most recently spent four years, 2016-2020, as head volleyball coach at Frank Phillips College (FPC) in Borger, Texas, where 13 of her players were named all-conference. Several also advanced to play at NCAA and NAIA schools. Her teams posted the highest grade-point average among FPC athletic teams during five of her eight semesters. She previously served as assistant coach at Hill College (2015-2016) for a 32-12 team that claimed an 11th-place finish at the national tournament. She also served as interim head coach in 2015 at Durham University in the United Kingdom, where she completed a master’s degree in business management. Black competed at the NCAA D1 level for Stephen F. Austin State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and earned an associate degree in general studies from Temple College, where she captained the volleyball team and was named NJCAA Division I All-America setter.

Coach Amanda Black

“The opportunity to start a volleyball legacy for generations to come and build on the tradition of Amarillo College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Black said.



Sean Hargrove

Head Cross Country Coach

sshargrove22@actx.edu
(806) 336-7580


Sean brings extensive coaching experience to Amarillo College, having spent the past 21 years as head cross-country coach at Amarillo Tascosa High School, where his individual runners – and his teams – have achieved a great deal of success.

A native of Perryton, Texas, located in the northmost portion of the state’s panhandle, Sean has led his Tascosa teams to 14 district championships in the past 15 years. Eight of his individuals and two of his teams have qualified to compete at the state cross-country meet. Additionally, 23 of Sean’s athletes have gone on to run cross country collegiately.

In college, Sean played basketball at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., and ultimately graduated from West Texas A&M University. Also a teacher at Tascosa High, a career that’s spanned 28 years, Sean’s area of focus has been in special education mathematics. His wife, Kim, is an elementary teacher, and his son, Austin, served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“My goal,” says Sean, “is to make Amarillo College the most impressive cross-country program with the athletes of the Texas Panhandle.”

Coach Sean Hargrove

“My Goal is to make Amarillo College the most impressive cross-country program with the athletes of the Texas Panhandle.