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'Seabiscuit' support

The Western Michigan baseball team is selling $10 bracelets with Brent#10 on one side and Brent Alwine's nickname, Seabiscuit, on the other. To purchase a bracelet, visit

Former IPFW athlete, coach moved to rehab facility

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:47 pm

The progress being made by former IPFW student-athlete and assistant baseball coach Brent Alwine since his involvement in a horrific traffic accident last month has been nothing short of amazing.

The latest accomplishment came Tuesday, when Alwine was released from Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., and was transferred to nearby Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, where he will continue his recovery.

The Western Michigan University assistant baseball coach was critically injured in a traffic accident on I-94 near Kalamazoo on Aug. 26. He sustained multiple head and facial wounds and lacerations.

Alwine's wife, the former Brandi Alspach, posted on her Facebook page Monday that her husband had made significant progress.

“Brent is once again doing great,” Alspach posted. “He walked again today, wheeled around the hospital twice and has been talking with the (tracheotomy) all day.”

She posted on Tuesday that she and her husband were en route to the rehabilitation hospital.

"Brent is an extraordinary son, husband, friend and coach,” Western Michigan baseball coach (and former IPFW coach) Billy Gernon said in a release. “The many that care for him so deeply are very excited for Brent and his family that he is making such successful progress."

Alwine played second base for Gernon until his graduation in 2006. He later served two seasons as an assistant coach for the Mastodons. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the university.

The Broncos baseball team is selling bracelets with the text Brent #10 on half and Seabiscuit, Alwine's nickname, on the other. The bracelets are available for purchase at home Broncos football games for $10 or by visiting and clicking on the baseball link. All proceeds will go directly to assist the Alwine family.