FREDERICK, Md. - Cory Beddick has resigned as head coach at Hood College to accept a similar position at Washington College.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to spend the last four years at Hood College helping to build the baseball program," Beddick said. "I am so proud of how competitive we were so quickly and how we have been able to continue to improve each year. I am confident that the program is well positioned for future success."
"I would like to personally thank Tom Dickman, President Emeritus Ron Volpe, Dr. Olivia White and President Andrea Chapdelaine for the opportunity to be the first head baseball coach in program history," Beddick added. "I will be forever grateful for my time at Hood College."
Beddick is the only coach in the history of the Blazers' baseball program. After spending the 2013-14 academic year recruiting, Hood took the field with 37 players during the team's first season in 2015. In the program's second year, he was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Coach of the Year. Beddick's 2017 squad reached .500 in just the program's third year of existence, finishing 20-20.
"Cory has done an outstanding job of building the Hood College baseball program from its inception to a competitive MAC squad," Hood's Director of Athletics Tom Dickman said. "I want to also acknowledge his 'team player' attitude in his other duties as the compliance person and our liaison to the Department of Admission. Cory leaves big shoes to fill in all of these areas. We wish him nothing but the best."
At Hood, Beddick coached both Josh Gall (2015) and Jordan Patterson (2017) to conference and regional rookie of the year honors and coached players to 11 all-conference honors. Gall became the program's first All-American in the program's first season.
"While I am extremely excited for this new challenge, the hardest thing to leave behind will be the past, current, and incoming Blazer baseball players with whom I have had the privilege to build relationships with over the past four years," Beddick said. "Our success at Hood has been a direct result of their hard work, selflessness and their desire to build something special. These players will forever hold a special place in my heart and I am confident that the administration will put a new head coach in place that will allow the program to reach new heights. I will be watching and rooting for their success both on the field and in their future professional careers and personal lives. These young men are winners and deserve the very best."
In addition to his coach of the year award, Beddick won the Dr. Henry P. And Page Laughlin Administrative Achievement Award, conferred for noteworthy service to staff members who have made significant contributions to the College at the Honors Convocation in April 2016. During the summer of 2016, he added the role of assistant director of athletics for compliance to his duties.
Prior to his appointment at Hood, Beddick served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania. He coached at his alma mater, Gettysburg College, in 2011 as an assistant coach after graduating from Gettysburg in 2010.