Randolph-Macon alum Ray Hedrick '97 returned to his alma mater in 2005, resurrecting the baseball program and returning it to prominence in both the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the South Region.
Since his arrival, Hedrick has led the Yellow Jackets to four ODAC titles, the most in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference over that twelve year stretch. Additionally, the Diamond Jackets have made four NCAA appearances, including a run to the Mideast Region championship in 2016. For his efforts, Hedrick has been named the Coach-of-the-Year in the state of Virginia three times (2008. 2013, 2016).
The success of the program over the past twelve seasons has led to over 40 All-Conference players, including five ODAC Rookie-of-the-Year, four ODAC Pitcher-of-the-Year, and two ODAC Player-of-the-Year award winners. Randolph-Macon has been the home to three South Region Pitcher-of-the-Year, three South Region Rookie-of-the-Year and two South Region Player-of-the-Year winners. Hedrick has also instructed four ABCA All-American honorees in Travis Beazley ‘06, and Jordan Walton ’12, Travis Lodge ’16 and James Walsh ’16. The program has seen four players sign professional contracts in Travis Beazley ‘06 (Boston - MLB), James Bierlein ’11 (Independent), Jordan Walton ‘12 (St. Louis Cardinals - MLB), and James Walsh ‘16 (Independent).
Prior to coming to Ashland, Hedrick served as top assistant and recruiting coordinator at three different schools before his return to Ashland in the fall of 2004. Prior to his hiring as Randolph-Macon's head coach, Hedrick was the top assistant to Paul O'Neil at Division II UNC Pembroke (2001-2004) and at Division III Shenandoah University (1998-2000). At both institutions, Hedrick helped O'Neil resurrect programs that had not tasted success in years into national powers, while quickly establishing himself as one of the top young coaches and recruiters among the college baseball coaching ranks. In seven seasons as an assistant, Hedrick's teams amassed 175 wins, including record-setting campaigns in 2000 at Shenandoah, and the 2001 and 2003 seasons at UNCP. Hedrick's recruits played a major role in the success of each program. Out of his six various recruiting classes, Hedrick had several all-conference, all-region and all-state players, as well as three All-Americans, including a player who won the triple crown in the Dixie Conference (now USA South) while leading the country with a .506 batting average in 2000.
A Springfield, Virginia native, Hedrick played two years of JUCO baseball at Prince George's Community College for legendary coach William "Bumps" Vaughan. He went on to finish his degree and playing career at Randolph-Macon College, helping lead the Yellow Jackets to the ODAC championships in 1997. After graduating from Randolph-Macon in 1997 with a B.A. degree in political science, Hedrick served as an assistant for Vaughan at PGCC. Hedrick also worked with the Bowie Baysox, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, before joining O'Neil in 1998.
While working his way up the coaching ladder as an assistant, Hedrick served three summers (2001-2003) as head coach of the New Market Rebels of the prestigious Valley Baseball League. During his tenure, Hedrick amassed 77 wins and led the Rebels to two championship appearances, winning the league in 2002 and falling seven outs short of repeating in 2003. Over the course of those three summers, Hedrick coached over 30 players who played on professionally, including five on the major league level. Current major leaguer Brett Gardner (N.Y. Yankees) played for Hedrick in the summer of 2003 after his freshman year at College of Charleston.
Aside from building a strong reputation for R-MC on the field, Hedrick has represented R-MC on the national level as well. From 2008-2010, Hedrick was the ODAC representative on the NCAA Regional Committee, a group put together to organize the post-season playoff field each spring. Hedrick is currently the South Region representative on the ABCA All-American committee, as role which he began in 2016.
Hedrick is married to the former Sheree Rogers of Woodstock, Virginia. They have one daughter, Maris who turns 11 in June of 2017 and one son, Garner Chase who celebrated his sixth birthday in January of 2017. The Hedricks reside in Ashland.
Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
C.J. Rhodes enters his fifth season as an Assistant Baseball Coach / Recruiting Coordinator at Randolph-Macon College. Rhodes serves as the lead assistant for Ray Hedrick, who just completed his 12th year with R-MC.
In his four years, Rhodes has been a part of a program record 108 wins.
Rhodes leads all recruiting efforts, while assisting Hedrick in all phases of the Yellow Jacket program including on the field instruction, strength & conditioning, academic affairs as well as Jacket Diamond Camps.
Rhodes came to Ashland after spending two years under Paul Keyes' staff at nearby VCU. While with the Rams, his primary focus was coaching the team's hitters and catchers, as well assisting with daily administrative duties. Additionally, Rhodes served as the director for Rams Baseball Camps, which is associated with PAKCAMP, Inc. During his tenure at VCU, Rhodes mentored a number of players who have played / currently playing professionally including Blake Hauser (Seattle Mariners), Kyle Haynes (Pittsburgh Pirates), Kyle Pelchy (Tampa Bay Rays), Cody Yount (White Sox), Vimael Machin (Chicago Cubs), Heath Dwyer (Chicago Cubs) and Matt Lees (Arizona Diamondbacks).
The Williamsburg, VA native played for four years at fellow ODAC member Division III Virginia Wesleyan College, where he earned all-conference, all-region and all-state recognition during his four-year campaign.
He was named All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference first-team catcher as well as second team All-South Region in 2009 after leading the Marlins with a .383 batting average and .453 on-base percentage. Rhodes started all 40 games and collected 15 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBI. As a junior, he received second team All-ODAC honors and honorable mention All-South Region accolades after batting .367 with 25 runs, 16 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 43 RBI. He finished his collegiate career hitting .331 with 48 doubles, 14 home runs and 125 RBI in 152 games. He also helped lead Virginia Wesleyan to conference tournament title in 2006, as well as runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.
In addition to his duties as an assistant, Rhodes was also privileged to serve as the Head Coach for the New Market Rebels (Valley Baseball League) and as the 3rd-base / Hitting Coach for the Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League). During his tenure in New Market, he led the Rebels to 45+ wins in two seasons, leading them to the Semi-finals in the summer of 2013. During both summer collegiate experiences, Rhodes was fortunate to coach a handful of players that are now playing professionally. That list includes Tyler Nurdin (Cleveland Indians), Tyler Heineman (Houston Astros), Carlos Escobar Jr. (Chicago Cubs) and Mike Gerber (Detroit Tigers) from the Wisconsin Woodchucks. As well as Ryan Seiz (Los Angeles Angels), Reed Garrett (Texas Rangers), Aaron Cressley (San Diego Padres), Derek Peterson (Baltimore Orioles), Joseph Camacho (Oakland A’s), Garrett Kelly (Minnesota Twins), and Cory Rhodes (Pittsburgh Pirates) from the New Market Rebels.
Rhodes has worked with the Jim Farr Academy in Williamsburg, as well as Richmond Baseball Academy West in Richmond.
A 2005 graduate of Lafayette High School, Rhodes earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan in 2009.
M.L. Morgan enters his first season as a member of the Yellow Jacket baseball staff.
He will work with the outfielders and hitters, wile improving our Jacket Diamond Camps initiative and assisting with recruiting & academic support
Morgan comes to Ashland after spending four seasons as a member of VCU Baseball staff. Three seasons as an assistant coach , one season as the Director of Baseball Operations.
Morgan's primary responsibilities are coaching outfielders, serving as first base coach, and coordinating all Rams Baseball Camps.
In Morgan's first year as the Volunteer Assistant Coach, the Rams won their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. The Rams also won the Dallas Regional and advanced to VCU's first ever Super Regional in program history. The Rams finished the year ranked 17th in the nation by the NCBWA. Since his arrival, the Rams are only one of 14 programs in the country with 37-plus wins.
Prior to VCU, Morgan served as the Assistant Director of Compliance and Director of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Old Dominion University. Morgan's first post-college stop was at the Colonial Athletic Association as the compliance and administration intern.
The Dinwiddle, Va. native earned his Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from VCU in 2010. A member of the baseball team, Morgan was part of two conference championships and two NCAA regional apperances as an outfielder for the Rams. Morgan received his Master's of Education in Sports Leadership from VCU in 2014.
He resides in Richmond with his wife, Sernarra Archie, who was a track athlete at VCU.