The 2017 is the 18th season as Head Coach of Georgia Southern for Rodney Hennon. Under Hennon's guidance, the Eagles have won at least 30 games in all but one season and have posted 40 or more wins three times.
Hennon has guided the Eagles to six NCAA Regionals including the 2014 Tallahassee Regional, where GS defeated #5 national seed Florida State 7-0. He has led the Eagles to 10 regular season or tournament conference titles including Southern Conference Tournament Titles in 2009, 2011 and 2014. In 2016, Hennon led the Eagles through a deep run in the Sun Belt Tournament, falling in the Championship Game.
Since taking over the storied program before the 2000 season, Hennon has accumulated a 606-416 record with a .593 winning percentage. In all during his 19 total seasons as a head coach, he has amassed a career record of 687-454-1.
During the past eight years, Hennon has led the Eagles to three SoCon Tournament Championships and two tournament final appearances. He also led the Eagles to a tournament titles in 2000 and 2002 and regular season championships in 2000 and 2001.
Assistant Head Coach for Pitching
Former Alabama pitching coach B.J. Green joined the Georgia Southern baseball staff in July 2009 and begins his seventh season with the Eagles in 2017. Green brings with him to Statesboro over 14 years of Southeastern Conference experience as both a player and coach.
Green has also helped develop nine different pitchers into MLB draft talent as a member of Hennon's staff and has had over 25 pitchers taken in the MLB draft during his extensive coaching career.
The 2016 season saw the Eagle pitching staff develop as one of the league's strongest groups. The unit posted a 3.92 team ERA to rank fourth in the league. The Eagles led the league in fewest hits allowed with 7.22 while ranking third in the nation. The team finished with a 1.22 WHIP to rank third in the league. Georgia Southern's 2016 starting rotation featured a second team All-Sun Belt selection in Evan Challenger and a pair of stellar freshman arms in Chase Cohen.
Assistant Head Coach for Hitting
Alan Beck enters his second season at Georgia Southern in 2017, joining the Eagles for the 2016 campaign. Beck is responsible for tutoring the Eagle hitters and working with the outfielders.
In his first year with the Eagles, he helped instil a new mentality with the hitters which resulted in a 12% reduction in strikeouts in 2016. The Eagles played small ball, laying down 75 sacrifice bunts while wearing 43 pitches. The Eagle offense produced a 20% increase in scoring while going 23-2 when scoring six or more runs. The Eagles went 36-24 in 2016, engineering a run through the Sun Belt Tournament that saw the Eagles reach the Championship Game.
At Western Carolina, Beck helped the Catamounts through an era of dominance in the Southern Conference which included regular season championships in 2013 and 2014. Over his seven years he worked with six All-Americans, 31 All-SoCon Selections and had 14 players drafted including 12 who were drafted for the first time as collegiate upperclassmen. Read More
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Josh McDonald enters his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Georgia Southern baseball program in 2017. He works primarily with the catchers and hitters, coaches first base and helps coordinate the Eagle Baseball camps.
McDonald came to Georgia Southern from Louisiana State University Eunice where he served as hitting instructor, worked with the catchers and held third base coaching responsibilities. In three seasons, the LSUE Bengals went 148-40 and captured a National Championship and a third place finish in the NJCAA Division II National Championship. In his three seasons, he coached numerous players who continued there playing careers at four year universities and several players who have been drafted by Major League Baseball clubs.
In 2011, LSUE finished the season with a 45-15 record and fell one win short of returning to the World Series. The Bengal squad finished the season batting .325 as a team.