HENDRICKSON AT A GLANCE
>> Second coach in SLU history with 300 victories as a Billiken
>> Among all active Division I head coaches, ranks 14th in career win percentage (.661)
>> Won A-10 regular season titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
>> Had seven consecutive winning seasons from 2009-15, SLU record
>> 2013 College Baseball National Coach of the Year Honorable Mention
>> Named one of Perfect Game's Rising College Coaches (2013)
>> Led the Billikens to a school record 41 victories in 2012 and 2013
>> Earned four seed in 2013 NCAA Baseball Columbia Regional
>> Coached James Norwood, seventh round selection of Chicago Cubs (2014)
>> Won 13 consecutive games in 2012, the most in SLU history
>> 2012 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
>> Earned first national ranking in school history (#30 by Collegiate Baseball in 2012)
>> Led Billikens to 2010 NCAA Baseball Louisville Regional
>> SLU claimed A-10 Tournament Championship in 2010, 2013
>> 10 Billikens have been drafted under Hendrickson with three free agent signees
>> Only coach to lead SLU to back-to-back 30-win seasons (2009-10 and 2012-13)
>> Has coached SLU to seven 30+ win seasons (Only nine in Saint Louis history).
>> Has a career record of 840-436-1 in 22 years of coaching on the collegiate level.
>> Record at NCAA schools is 662-343-1 with a 327-243-1 ledger at Saint Louis
In 10 years at the helm of the Saint Louis University baseball program, head coach Darin Hendrickson has taken the Billikens to new heights. Numerous school records, A-10 regular-season and tournament championships, and two NCAA Tournament appearances are just a few of the examples of Hendrickson's work as he has transformed the program into one that is recognized regionally and nationally.
The 2017 team captured the fourth seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament, posting a 35-22 overall record, tied for the third-most in school history. The Billikens wn three consecutive games in the Atlantic 10 championship, but ultimately fell to eventual champion Davidson. Hendrickson oversaw the development of closer Ryan Lefner, who set a SLU record with 14 saves in 2017.
In 2016, the Billikens earned the four seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. SLU had six honorees achieve all-conference honors. Additionally, senior Matt Eckelman was selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft, making it the fourth consecutive season a Billiken had been selected in the draft.
The 2015 Billikens finished the year 35-21, winning the fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Regular Season title. It is the fifth time in A-10 history a team has won the regular season four years in a row, and the first time a team has done it outside of divisional play. The 35 wins also are the fourth consecutive season the Billikens have eclipsed the 30-win plateau and the seventh consecutive winning season for SLU (school record).
In 2014, Hendrickson coached some of the best talent that Saint Louis has ever seen. For the first time, Saint Louis had two juniors selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft. One of these student-athletes was RHP James Norwood, who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the seventh round, the earliest round in which a Billiken has been selected. SS Alec Solé was later selected in the 18th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. It is the fifth time in SLU history the Billikens have had multiple draft picks in a year and the third time under Hendrickson.
The Billikens experienced one of the greatest seasons in school history in 2013. The team matched the school record with 41 wins and claimed the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles. It was the first time since 1966 that the Billikens won both conference titles. Saint Louis was named the four seed in the NCAA Baseball Columbia Regional.
Hendrickson's players also reached new heights as Mike Vigliarolo was named the 2013 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. It is the first such accolade for a Billiken. Catcher Grant Nelson was drafted in the ninth round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft.
SLU first reaped the benefits of Hendrickson's labor in 2010 when he led the Billikens to an Atlantic 10 Conference championship, an NCAA Regional appearance and a school-record 33 victories.
In his career, Hendrickson has coached 33 players who have been either drafted in the Major League Baseball draft or signed free-agent contracts. In addition, numerous players coached by Hendrickson have continued their careers with independent league teams. In five years at SLU, a total of seven players have gone on to sign contracts with Major League organizations.
Prior to coming to SLU, Hendrickson led Central Missouri to three conference regular-season and tournament championships and twice had his team reach the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2004, the Mules posted a school-record 57 wins, won a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship semifinals. Hendrickson's club duplicated its effort in 2005, with a 57-9 record, its sixth regional championship and a return trip to the NCAA semifinals. In 2006, Hendrickson earned MIAA Coach of the Year honors for his club's 51-13 record and the conference regular-season title. During his four seasons at he reins, the Mules posted a 209-46 record (.820).
Prior to taking over at CMSU, Hendrickson guided St. Louis Community College Forest Park to four NJCAA Super Regional championship games. His 2001 club advanced to the NJCAA World Series and finished the year with a 41-22 slate, earning Hendrickson Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) and District Coach of the Year honors. A 45-10 record in 2003, including a 14-4 league mark, was good enough to put the Highlanders in the No. 1 ranking in NJCAA D-II the final five weeks of the season. In four seasons at Forest Park, Hendrickson compiled a 155-74 record (.677). In addition to his coaching duties at Forest Park, he also served as the athletics director.
Hendrickson got his first head coaching experience at Fontbonne University, starting that baseball program in 1995. In just the program's third season, the 1998 Griffins went 41-7, won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) title with a 16-1 league record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Central Regional. Hendrickson was named SLIAC and Region Coach of the Year. He left Fontbonne with a 126-54 record (.700) over four seasons.
Hendrickson served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, SIUE, following his graduation in 1992. As a player, he earned first-team All-Region status both seasons on the mound for the Cougars and ranks second in school history with 10 wins and 111-1/3 innings pitched in 1991. With a career 18-5 record, he is fourth in school history in career winning percentage (.783) and 12th in career victories.
Hendrickson, a native of Granite City, Ill., earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from SIUE. His master's in sociology was conferred in 1995, following his bachelor's in political science in 1992. He and his wife, Laura, have three children, Reid, Paige and Andrew.
|1998||Fontbonne||41-7||NCAA DIII Regional||SLIAC Regular Season Champions
SLIAC Coach of the Year
Regional Coach of the Year
|2000||STLCC - Forest Park||35-22||NJCAA Super Regional|
|2001||STLCC - Forest Park||41-22||NJCAA World Series||MCCAC Coach of the Year
District Coach of the Year
|2002||STLCC - Forest Park||34-20||NJCAA Super Regional|
|2003||STLCC - Forest Park||45-10||NJCAA Super Regional||NJCAA DII No. 1 Ranking|
|2004||Central Missouri||57-8||NCAA DII National Semifinalist||MIAA Regular Season and Tournament Champion|
|2005||Central Missouri||57-9||NCAA DII National Semifinalist||MIAA Regular Season and Tournament Champion|
|2006||Central Missouri||44-16||NCAA DII Regional||MIAA Tournament Champion
MIAA Coach of the Year
|2007||Central Missouri||51-13||NCAA DII Regional Runner-Up||MIAA Regular Season Champion|
|2010||Saint Louis||33-29||NCAA DI Regional||Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion|
|2012||Saint Louis||41-18||Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion
A-10 Coach of the Year
|2013||Saint Louis||41-21||NCAA DI Regional||Atlantic 10 Regular Season and Tournament Champion
Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year (Honorable Mention)
|2014||Saint Louis||34-21||Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion|
|2015||Saint Louis||35-21||Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion|