A proven program builder and player developer, Tom Walter enters his eighth season in 2017 as the head coach of Wake Forest baseball.
The Demon Deacons are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016, including an opening-round win over Minnesota after receiving an at-large bid to the College Station Regional.
Walter has helped 18 players get drafted or sign pro contracts over the last five years and led the Demon Deacons to five straight winning seasons for the first time since Wake Forest posted seven straight from 1997-2003. Those pro Deacons are highlighted by big leaguers Mac Williamson (Giants) and Tim Cooney (Cardinals), and Will Craig, the 22nd overall pick in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016.
Bill Cilento enters his eighth year as an assistant coach at Wake Forest in 2017. He works primarily with the Demon Deacon hitters and infielders. In his time as a coach, 49 of his student-athletes have gone on to play professionally, including five big leaguers.
Cilento mentored current San Francisco Giant Mac Williamson, who was recruited to Wake Forest as a pitcher. After transitioning to outfield, Williamson went on to earn All-ACC honors and was drafted in the third round before working his way to the MLB.
He also oversaw the development of National Player of the Year Will Craig, the first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. After not making an all-conference team his freshman year, Craig's improvement earned him ACC Player of the Year honors in 2015 and made him a unanimous first team All-American in 2016.
Matt Hobbs joined the Wake Forest coaching staff in 2014 and enters his third year as the pitching coach in 2017.
Since his arrival, five Demon Deacon pitchers have been drafted or signed to minor league teams in two years, including four following the 2016 season. In his coaching career, 27 student-athletes were either drafted or signed pro contracts, including 24 who were undrafted heading into college.
He's guided seven players to be drafted in the top-10 rounds, and overseen a total of seven big leaguers: Rob Zastrysny, Guido Knudson, Matt Stites, Dylan Axelrod, Jeff Stevens, Chuckie Fick, and Tanner Scheppers.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joey Hammond joined the Wake Forest coaching staff as the volunteer assistant coach and enters his second season in 2016. A former professional baseball player for 11 years, Hammond came to Wake Forest after spending five seasons as the head coach of Westchester Country Day School.
Hammond works extensively with the Wake Forest outfielders, helping three of them hit better than .300 in 2015. Stuart Fairchild was also perfect defensively in 123 chances in right and center field, while fellow outfielders Kevin Conway and Jonathan Pryor made just one and two errors, apiece.
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.