Cory Beddick was named the head baseball coach at Washington College in June 2017. Beddick, a graduate of fellow Centennial Conference school Gettysburg College, comes to Chestertown from Hood College, where he served as that institution’s first-ever head baseball coach and turned the Blazers into a competitive team in just three seasons. He was named the 2016 MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year.
Beddick was hired at Hood in the summer of 2013 to begin recruiting for the Blazers’ inaugural season of 2015. That initial season featured a roster of 37 student-athletes and posted a respectable first-year record of 14-25. One of his players was named the MAC Commonwealth and Mid-Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year and was chosen for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) all-region team and the D3Baseball.com All-America team. The 2016 season saw the Blazers improve to 16-24 overall. Beddick was named the conference’s Coach of the Year as Hood won seven conference games and hit over .300 as a team. The 2017 Blazers reached the .500 mark overall at 20-20 and was in the hunt for a conference playoff berth heading into the final weekend of the season before finishing with a 9-12 league mark. A Hood player again won MAC Commonwealth and Mid-Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year.
In just three seasons under Beddick, Hood baseball student-athletes won a total of 13 All-MAC Commonwealth honors, including five first-team honors. In addition to his tremendous success recruiting to a new program, Beddick fundraised over $70,000 to support a program without an alumni base. While he started his time at Hood as a part-time head coach, his outstanding work led him to an additional position as an Admissions Counselor at the school for two years. In the summer of 2016, he moved into the athletic department in a full-time role, picking up duties as an Assistant Director of Athletics and NCAA Compliance Coordinator. He was awarded Hood’s Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Administrative Achievement Award, given for "noteworthy service to staff members who have made significant contributions to the College" in April 2016. He also served as the Chair of the MAC Commonwealth Baseball Committee.
“Four years ago, I was tasked with building the program at Hood College from scratch,” Beddick reflected. “I am proud of what we have done there to set the program up for future success. I will sincerely miss the players and assistant coaches who sacrificed so much for our team. I am confident that these talented, high-[quality student-athletes will find success in all future endeavors. I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank the Hood College senior leadership, Mr. Tom Dickman, and the rest of the Hood community for our time together. It was truly a privilege to be the first head baseball coach in the history of Hood College.”
Prior to his time at Hood, Beddick spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Penn State Behrend baseball team, helping that program to a 59-27-1 record and an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship. His first assistant coaching position came at his alma mater, Gettysburg College, where he worked with hitters and position players for the 2011 season. While a student-athlete at Gettysburg, Beddick played in 50 games over four seasons, making 40 starts in the infield. He served as a team representative to Gettysburg’s Student Athletic Advisory Council.
Beddick can speak conversational Spanish and was a certified Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association basketball official for 10 years. He earned his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from Gettysburg in May 2010. He received his M.B.A. from Penn State-Behrend in May 2013.