Baseball Coaching Staff

Eric Hallenbeck, Head Coach

Eric Hallenbeck enters his twelfth season as head coach of Garrett College’s baseball program. His eleven year record is 252-302-2. In 2015, the Lakers finished 31-21, 3rd in Region XX DII, won first round of playoffs in come from behind fashion and with the win made it to the final four. While at Garrett he has coached one first team All-American, one Academic All-American, eleven first team all-region XX players, four all district players, three first team MD Juco 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 (15) and Zachary George (11).


Reed Alfieri, Assistant Coach / Pitching Coach

Reed Alfieri is in his first year as the Assistant Coach/ Pitching Coach for the Garrett Lakers.

Reed graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 2005. His team, under the guidance of Coach Terry Portice, won back to back district titles, and made back to back regional appearances.

After high school, Coach Alfieri signed with Broward Community College to continue is baseball career. After the 2005 season, he transferred to Garrett College where he played for two years under Coach Eric Hallenbeck, and Coach John Helmick. Reed holds Garrett College’s appearance record, and compiled great statistics, with a 2 year ERA of 3.02 on the mound. Coach Alfieri helped his team match one of the school’s best records, and was named to the 2007 JUCO All- Star Team.

After Garrett College, Reed signed with Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida. After only spending one year at Webber, Reed left his junior season and signed a professional contract with the Big Bend Cowboys. The Cowboys played in the Continental League where he helped his team win the league championship in 2010. Coach Alfieri ended the season as a Continental League All- Star, and led the league in ERA with a 1.90 in 30 innings of work. In 2011, he signed with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos league, and was named to the All- Star team. In his last season of professional baseball he signed with the Roswell Invaders, in New Mexico, where he yet again helped his team to reach the playoffs.

For the past two years, he has been the Assistant Coach/ Pitching Coach for the 14U Box Elite Program in Florida, as well as the Pitching coach for the 10U Fort Lauderdale Lightening Program. This past summer, Coach Alfieri was the Assistant Coach/ Pitching Coach for the O.A.GW.U.W (Only A game When U Watch) 18U select team, under Head Coach Trevor Chang-Leung.

“I’ve always wanted to coach, and give back the knowledge that I’ve learned over my career. What better place to start, than at Garrett College, where I had a great experience on and off the baseball diamond, under my old Head Coach, Eric Hallenbeck” said Coach Alfieri.

Always remember, as a pitcher, there is a reason why you are position #1 in the scorebook. You are the most important player on the field. If you don’t throw the ball, NO ONE PLAYS!

 Norm Hall

Norm Hall, Assistant Coach

 Norm Hall is a family oriented single parent raising three wonderful children. He holds the following Degrees: Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Psychology/Social Work completed at California University (Cal U). A Master of Science degree in Psychology and two additional years of Doctoral Level Study to earn a Professional degree/certification as a School Psychologist, both from Cal U’s School of Graduate Studies. Designation as a Presidential Scholar for outstanding academic achievement in Graduate level classes with GPA of 3.9. While earning his degrees Norm worked as a Guitar Teacher and Professional Musician in the recording industry. He has additional training and experience as a studio musician/guitarist, music and video production, sound engineering and live performance. Upon completion of his degrees Norm worked in a variety of School and Community settings as an Intensive Case Manager (ICM),  a Mental Health Therapist and Counselor, a Program Director/Manager of a Child Learning and Behavior Clinic, a Consultant and Evaluator, as well as, a School Psychologist. Norm’s community service history includes serving on several Boards of Directors for state and national non-profit Organizations. In 2000 the State Parents Organization of WV presented Norm with the “Thanks for Caring Award” in appreciation of his work developing Children’s Programs designed to benefit children with disabilities and their families. With regard to Athletics he has been involved in several sports at amateur, semi-professional and professional levels. Some of those sports include Baseball, Track and Field, Tournament Archery and Motocross. Norm ran first leg on an Undefeated WPIAL Championship 440 relay team that posted a Pa State record time. He started playing organized baseball at age 4 and continued up into his 20’s while attending college for a time as a Seminole in Florida and then some further advanced level participation. Norm, for most of his baseball life, has been primarily a Center Fielder that has typically excelled at hitting a baseball. After returning to the Game about a decade ago to again play baseball in the PenMarWV Semi-Pro Baseball League, he posted the following achievements. In 2012 Norm was ranked second in the league with a batting Average of .392. In 2013 he batted .400 earning a ranking of 3rd in the league amongst batters with 50 or more at bats. At present Norm is grateful for the opportunity to again assist Head Baseball Coach Hallenbeck for another Laker season of Baseball.