Baseball Coaching Staff

Eric Hallenbeck, Head Coach

Eric Hallenbeck enters his eleventh season as head coach of Garrett College’s baseball program. His ten year record is 221-281-2. In 2014, the Lakers were only 17-28, but finished fourth in Region XX and hosted a playoff game while starting eight freshman most of the year. Hallenbeck and the Lakers look to build on the region success they had and the experience coming back for the 2015 season. While at Garrett he has coached one first team All-American, one Academic All-American, eight first team all region XX players, four all district players, two first team MDJUCO and two Rawlings Big Stick Award winners.

Prior to Garrett, Hallenbeck was serving as an Associate Head Coach before being hired at Garrett and top assistant for seven years at Frostburg State University. During his tenure at Frostburg State, he helped guide the team to a 205-102-1 overall record while compiling a 54-19 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference record. As FSU’s recruiting coordinator the Bobcats won three AMCC Tournament Championships (1998, 1999, 2004), had 44 All-AMCC selections and four league Most Valuable Players.

A former catcher and designated hitter at FrostburgState from 1991-94, Hallenbeck started his coaching career in the summer of 1993 as an assistant for the Brunswick (MD) American Legion.

In 1994, he started his own legion program in Boonsboro, MD. Two years later, Hallenbeck joined the coaching staff at FrederickCommunity College as their pitching coach, where the team set a school record for wins with 29, finished 13th in the nation and posted a team earned run average of 3.50. In 1997, Hallenbeck returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant.

For nine years, Hallenbeck was the catching instructor for the RipkenBaseballSchool. In addition to his coaching duties, Hallenbeck also serves as the Assistant Coordinator of Athletics and is an adjunct faculty member.

“Teams are often a reflection of their coach. I’m an old school blue collar catcher. I’m not a big glamour and glitter guy. I’m not the tinted windows or the nice rims on the vehicle. I’m the nuts and bolts that make the vehicle run. That’s how I want my teams to be and those are the type of guys I want to bring into the program,” says Hallenbeck. “Players know what they are getting themselves into when they come and play for me. I tell them on their recruiting visit that I tell it like it is. Sometimes they will like what they hear and other times they won’t like what they hear but they’ll know it’s the truth. Either way my guys always know that I have their best interests in mind and coach will always have their backs,” Hallenbeck added.

Hallenbeck, a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, received his bachelor’s degree in physical education with concentrations in coaching and health fitness from Frostburg State in May 1997.

He is also the proud father of two beautiful children, Madison Brooke (14) and Zachary George (11).