The Demon Deacons close out an eight-game road swing on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Matt Hobbs and Joey Hammond will join the Demon Deacons baseball coaching staff
He has helped guide 13 Demon Deacon hitters to All-ACC honors in his first three seasons, including All-Americans Will Craig, Nate Mondou, Stuart Fairchild and Gavin Sheets.
Hammond works extensively with the Wake Forest outfielders. Fairchild was also perfect defensively in both 2015 and 2017, earning the 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award in the outfield, one of just three in the nation.
The Demon Deacons have developed into one of the nation's top offenses under Hammond's assistance. Wake Forest has ranked in the top 50 nationally in home runs each of the past three seasons, also ranking among the nation's leaders in batting average, doubles, walks, slugging and OBP. In 2017, Wake Forest became the first Division I school in the nation to surpass 100 home runs in the BBCOR era, leading the nation with 106 blasts and 1.68 longballs per game.
The 2017 Demon Deacons hosted and swept the Winston-Salem Regional and finished a game away from the College World Series at the Gainesville Super Regional. Wake Forest finished the year with a 43-20 overall record, the most wins in 15 years. The Deacon offense ranked in the top 20 nationally in homers, slugging (fifth - .509), runs (ninth - 481), hits (ninth - 693), walks (11th - 306), runs per game (13th - 7.6), doubles (15th - 129), on-base percentage (15th - .401) and average (.308). In addition to breaking the program home run record, Hammond also helped the Deacs break the program fielding-percentage record with a mark of .978.
Hammond was drafted in the 25th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and spent eight seasons with the Orioles and three with the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent the last eight seasons of his baseball playing career at the AA and AAA levels while playing at least 100 games at each infield position and over 150 games in the outfield.
"Joey's passion and energy are what makes him special," said head coach Tom Walter. "He brings 11 years of professional playing experience as well as three state championships as a local high school coach. Most importantly, he has a way of communicating with these young men that make every one of them want to run through a brick wall for him."
In his playing career, Hammond was a .274 hitter and collected over 1,100 hits. He was voted to the Reading Phillies All-Decade team (2000's) alongside longtime big-leaguers Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels.
During his time at Westchester Country Day School, he helped lead the Wildcats to the Final Four of the NCISAA 2A Championship each year and won the past three state championships.
He compiled a 104-31-1 record during that span while focusing on player development. During his time, 14 of 20 graduated players have gone on to college baseball including Wake Forest pitcher, Donnie Sellers.
A native of Frederick, Maryland, Hammond earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Charlotte and was a standout shortstop from 1996-1998. He was named to the All-Conference USA All-Tournament team two times and was First Team All-Conference USA in 1998 after batting .398 with 100 hits in the season.
Hammond resides in Greensboro with his wife Rebecca and three sons, Caleb, Josh and Mason.
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