Daniel Brinegar, Elkin High School class of 2015, has committed to play baseball at UNC-Greensboro starting this fall under head coach Link Jarrett. Brinegar will be a junior college transfer into UNCG. The Spartans are a Division I school and play in the Southern Conference (SoCon). The Spartans are in first place in the Southern Conference with a 31-11 overall record.
Brinegar, a catcher and outfielder, is one of four team captains on the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks under Head Coach Paul Rozelle. CVCC is the 14th-ranked team in the country for Division 2 NCAA Junior Colleges in the latest poll with a 36-16 overall record. Brinegar is a medical red-shirt, having injured his hamstring at the beginning of the spring season.
In 2017, Brinegar appeared in 31 games as a catcher and outfielder with CVCC, batting .370 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He received his two-year degree from CVCC in December 2017, making the dean’s list every semester. He was also named to the third team regional all-academic team.
Prior to coming to CVCC, Brinegar was a four year Letterman at Elkin High School in baseball and football. In 2015 as the senior quarterback on the football team, Brinegar led the Buck’ in Elks to their last win over Starmount in the Battle of the Bridge 26-0.
In baseball, Brinegar had a memorable senior season as well for the Buck’in Elks playing under Head Coach Nick Tomlin and assistant Steve Martin. Leading Elkin to the NCHSAA 14 Western Regional Finals, he finished the season with an overall batting average of .500, a .582 OBP, and a .550 slugging percentage with three home runs. He also had a 9-2 record as a pitcher with three saves. These accolades earned him MVP of the Mountain Valley Conference as well as 1st Team All-State 1A as a catcher and pitcher.
At UNCG he plans to continue his education majoring in English with a minors in accounting and secondary education. He is the son of Dr. Richard and Ava Brinegar of Elkin. His older brother, Joshua, is a 2013 graduate of Elkin High School and his younger brother, Paul is a seventh-grader at Elkin Middle School.