Sean McSheffery, a former coach in the San Diego Padres organization who has also served as an assistant baseball coach for the Warriors for the past two seasons, will enter his first season as the head baseball coach for the Hendrix Warriors.
"Having been in our department as the assistant coach for the last two years, Sean has impressed everyone he has interacted with on our campus and shown his unselfishness and team-first mentality in everything he has done," Director of Athletics Amy Weaver said. "Coach McSheffery separated himself from the rest of the very impressive applicant pool by his knowledge of the game, experience at several different levels, as well as his energy and passion for recruiting and we are excited to have him leading our Baseball program."
Following just his first season at Hendrix, McSheffery coached three All-Region picks and five All-Southern Athletic Association selections.
In his two seasons combined working with the Warriors, McSheffery served as the hitting coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
During the games, he acted as the 3rd base coach.
Before his time at Hendrix College, McSheffery was an assistant coach at Florida International University in Miami Florida from September 2014 through August 2016.
In his tenure there, McSheffery served as the assistant hitting coach, infield coach and camp coordinator.
McSheffery acted as the 1st base coach and coached under former Louisiana State University, Miami and Arizona State assistant coach Turtle Thomas.
Prior to his arrival at FIU, McSheffery worked within the San Diego Padres organization.
McSheffery’s main responsibilities for the Eugene Emeralds (the former short-season single A team of the Padres) and the Tucson Padres (the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres) included the day-to-day operations, managing scouting reports, working with infielders, hitters and baserunners.
In his time as a recruiter and coach, McSheffery has coached 20 players who went on to get drafted professionally. Among those 20 include Nate Pearson (Toronto Blue Jay's first round selection in 2017) and Edwin Rios (Los Angeles Dodgers' fifth round selection in 2015; Minor League Player of the Year in 2016).
McSheffery served as an assistant coach for Phoenix College in 2012 and was a volunteer assistant for his alma mater (University of Dallas) in 2011.
He graduated from the University of Dallas in 2010 with a degree in Business Leadership.
McSheffery was the Crusaders' team MVP and captain as a senior.
He hit .320 during his tenure with a .970 fielding percentage.
McSheffery also went on to play for Phoenix College, where he received his associate's degree in Business.
Kirchgessner named Warriors men’s and women’s tennis coach
Craig Kirchgessner begins his first year as head men's and women's tennis coach at Hendrix College, as announced by director of athletics Amy Weaver.
He just finished up a three-year duration as the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Southern Athletic Association (SAA) opponent Centre College.
"We are very excited to have coach Kirchgessner joining our department as head tennis coach," Weaver said. "Given his track record of success, especially in the SAA, there is no doubt he will continue to grow the program both on and off the courts. While he has some big shoes to fill after the retirement of coach Harold Henderson, we are confident in coach Kirchgessner's ability both as a teacher and as a recruiter and are very much looking forward to he and the programs future successes."
Before his tenure at Centre, Kirchgessner was the head tennis professional at Duke University for two years.
As head professional, Kirchgessner's duties included: developed tennis clinics and events, budget development, promotion and marketing, member involvement, and staff professional development.
Prior to Duke, Kirchgessner worked as a tennis professional at Ocean Reef Resort out of Key Large, Florida, one of the world's largest resorts.
Kirchgessner also served time as a head tennis professional at Basin Harbor in Vermont.
Kirchgessner, a native of Floyd Knobs, Indiana, went on to receive his A.A. in liberal studies from Florida College in May 2009 and also received his B.S. in secondary education (social studies) from Western Kentucky University in December 2012.
While at Western Kentucky, Kirchgessner was also a standout tennis player, where he played number one singles and doubles for the Hilltoppers.