WINSTON-SALEM —Wake Forest graduate John Hendricks is returning to the school as the pitching coach for the baseball team, the university annoucned Friday.
Hendricks, a 2000 graduate, ranks as the program’s all-time leader with 34 career victories and 409 2/3 innings pitched. He was also the strikeout leader with 312 until 2017.
Hendricks has spent more than nine years working in Major League Baseball, including the last five seasons with the New York Mets. After two years as the area supervisor of the Carolinas, he was promoted to the organization’s national pitching supervisor in 2015.
For the last four years, he has also served as a roving pitching coordinator with the USA Baseball under-18 national team program. He has assisted in the player evaluation and roster building process, and also served as an on-field pitching coach and head coach.
Hendricks previously worked as Toronto Blue Jays scout. He spent two seasons at Tennessee Wesleyan, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after five seasons on the Lenoir-Rhyne staff.
Hendricks replaces Matt Hobbs, who became pitching coach for College World Series runner-up Arkansas.