HENDRICKSON AT A GLANCE
>> 2013 College Baseball National Coach of the Year Honorable Mention
>> Named one of Perfect Game's Rising College Coaches
>> Five consecutive winning season, first time since 1971
>> Led the Billikens to a school record 41 victories in 2012 and 2013
>> Earned four seed in 2013 NCAA Baseball Columbia Regional
>> Coached Grant Nelson, ninth round draft selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013
>> Won 13 consecutive games in 2012, the most in SLU history
>> 2012 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
>> Won A-10 regular season titles in 2012, 2013
>> 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 Championship in 2010, 2013
>> Four Billikens have been drafted in his six seasons, three free agent signees
>> Only coach to lead SLU to back-to-back 30-win seasons (2009-10 and 2012-13)
>> Has a career record of 688-323 in 18 years of coaching on the collegiate level
In six 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 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. He is the second highest selection in SLU history behind Ken Ossola in 1969 (eighth round).
Hendrickson's re-building process began when he was hired in July 2007 from Central Missouri. He quickly brought on assistant coaches Kevin Moulder and Will Bradley, and today that same staff remains intact. The focus, however, has now shifted from building the program to maintaining the program's level of prominence.
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 six years at SLU, Hendrickson has put together a 198-148 record. In 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach, he sports a 729-344 record.
In his career, Hendrickson has coached 25 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.
Hendrickson's early success at SLU should come as no surprise, as he has won at every level during his 15-year career. During his coaching tenure, Hendrickson has attained seven regional Coach of the Year titles and six conference Coach of the Year honors.
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.