The Billiken Sports Center - Baseball
In eight 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 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.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Will Bradley came to Saint Louis in August 2007 after serving two years as a graduate assistant on head coach Darin Hendrickson’s staff at Central Missouri. Bradley, who was a standout outfielder at UCM, serves as the Billikens’ hitting coach. In addition, he works with the position players in fielding drills at SLU.
Since arriving on campus, Bradley has helped the Billikens improve each year at the plate. Bradley helped coach both the 2012 and 2013 41-win teams and led the Billikens to three consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season titles. In 2009, SLU broke the single-season record with 113 doubles, and its 376 runs scored were the second most in Billiken history. Additionally, Bradley helped bring along infielders Zach Miller and Braxton Martinez, who each claimed Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors. He also coached 2013 ABCA All-American Alex Kelly.
As a GA for the Mules in 2006 and 2007, Bradley was one of the team’s hitting instructors and infield/outfield defensive coaches. Additionally, he served as both the baseball and golf strength and conditioning coach. In the summer of 2007, Bradley was the head coach of the Ballwin team in the St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League.
Connor Gandossy joins the Billiken coaching staff after a very successful playing career at SLU. He was a four-year letter winner, playing in 157 games and making 106 starts behind the dish. One of the best defensive catchers in SLU history, Gandossy finished his career with a .986 fielding percentage and recorded 615 putouts, 12th all-time at SLU.
With the coaching staff at Saint Louis, Gandossy has coached draft picks Jake Henson and Colton Frabasilio, who are both catchers. His recruiting efforts also have helped SLU achieve the 91st ranked recruiting class in 2016 by Perfect Game.
Prior to joining the Billikens, Gandossy spent a season with Jefferson College, where he served as an assistant coach. He oversaw the Vikings’ hitting instruction, recruiting efforts and coached the catchers. Gandossy helped develop Ryan Rippee, who was a 31st-round draft pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Anderson joined the Billikens in the summer of 2016. He comes to Saint Louis from Dartmouth where he was the Assistant Coach for the past two seasons. Anderson was in charge of the pitching staff and ran the bullpen on game days.
Anderson, a native of Australia, has a wealth of playing experience to his credit. After finishing up his collegiate career at William Woods in Fulton, Missouri, he pitched for the Perth Heat in the inaugural two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) of the Australia Baseball League. He made 10 relief appearances in his first season, going 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17 innings, and helped Perth to the league championship in both years. Anderson also represented Australia in the 2011 Asia Series against the champions of the Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese Leagues.
At William Woods, the right-hander posted a 10-2 record in two seasons, including a 6-2 mark while leading the team with a 4.04 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 62.1 innings as a senior all-conference honorable mention. The Owls were ranked among the top 25 at the NAIA level both years as well.