Staff
Head Coach
Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright brings 13 years of NCAA Division I and Division II coaching experience to the Golden Eagle Baseball program. A proven recruiter with a successful track record of development, Wright’s energy and passion for his players has resulted in long history of success at the college level.
The vision for the Golden Eagle baseball program includes the following cornerstones: GRADUATE, COMPETE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. The staff’s overriding goal is to ensure that when each UC Baseball player finishes their career, they are a better person because they chose to wear the Golden Eagle baseball uniform. “My excitement for the opportunity to lead the UC Baseball program is hard to put into words. All of the nuts and bolts are here to make the Golden Eagle Baseball program one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division II Baseball experiences in the country, and my staff and I can’t wait to get started,” Wright said upon his hiring in the summer of 2015.

Wright comes to UC from MEC power Concord University, where he spent the last 5 years as the Mountain Lion head coach. During his tenure in Athens, the Mountain Lions averaged 31 wins per season, while setting consecutive school records for wins with 36 (2013) and 38 (2014). In his last 3 years, the Mountain Lions put together consecutive 30 win seasons, another CU first. In 2 of his 5 years, the Mountain Lions won WVIAC championships (2011, 2013) along with 2 NCAA Regional appearances.

Wright’s ability to provide clarity to their approach offensively, defensively and on the mound, resulted in Concord bolstering itself as one of the region’s most respected teams. CU’s offense led the WVIAC in batting average, runs scored, hits and slugging percentage in 2011 and 2013, while leading the country in triples in 2011 and also leading the country in batting average and runs scored in 2013. Defensively, Concord’s teams made a steady climb to the top of the conference from 2011 to 2015, culminating in a conference best fielding percentage in 2014. On the mound, Wright’s pitching staffs saw an ERA of 6.97 almost cut in half by 2014 (3.53). During his time at Concord, the Mountain Lions produced 5 NCAA All-Americans and numerous All-Conference and All-Region picks.

In 12 years of coaching, Wright has coached over close to 50 players who have been drafted or signed professional contracts, including 4 who have reached the Major Leagues (Vince Belnome-Tampa Bay Rays, Cody Eppley- New York Yankees/Texas Rangers, David Carpenter-Braves, Astros, Yankees, Nationals, and Rob Wooten-Milwaukee Brewers.

In the classroom, his student-athletes saw a GPA jump of almost a half a letter grade from the time he took over in 2010 to 2014-2015 when the team posted a GPA over 3.0, which included over half the team with a 3.0 or better and 3 student athletes achieved 4.0 GPAs.

Perhaps more impressive, is his teams’ commitment to community service. While at CU, the program received recognition for its commitment to giving back to the local community through its initiatives like the “1000 Hour Project” and the “Get to Give Program.”

Wright’s coaching stops include three years on staff at West Virginia University (2004-2007), two years as the head coach of the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League (2006-2007), one season as the pitching coach at Georgetown Prep (2009), two years as the lead instructor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Baseball Facility (2008-2009) and was also part of the Milwaukee Brewers scouting efforts in the Washington, DC area. While at CU, Wright also helped Tampa Bay Rays Rookie League Affiliate (Princeton Rays) as a batting practice pitcher in 2013 and 2014.

Wright played collegiately at Concord University from 2000-2002. During his time as a player the Mountain Lions established a school record for wins in 2000 (32) and won a WVIAC Conference Championship in 2001.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Wright was selected to serve on the NCAA Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee and also serves as the Chair of the Mountain East Coaches Committee.

Wright and his wife Stacy have 2 daughters, Alex (6) and Kennedy (3).

Pitching Coach
Casey Hodges

Casey Hodges, who helped Patrick Henry Community College to a record setting season in 2016, will guide the Golden Eagle pitching staff.

"Casey brings a high level pitching mind to the University of Charleston," Wright said. "His track record of development, his ability to communicate with his players and his knowledge of pitching make him a huge addition to our program. Casey's pitching staffs have done an incredible job at helping the Patriots average close to 40 wins over the last 3 seasons. He played a huge role in Mount Olive's 2008 National Championship and along with his time in professional baseball, he will bring an incredible perspective to our pitching staff."

Hodges, a Franklin County, VA native, played collegiately at Radford University, Patrick Henry CC and Mount Olive College, prior to being drafted in the 23rd round of the '08 MLB Draft. Hodges was a member of Mount Olive's National Championship team, where he went 10-1 with a 2.53 ERA. He would go on to play 4 seasons of professional baseball reaching High A with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, including being named the Braves Organizational Pitcher of the Month in June '08 .

In Hodges' 3 years in charge of the PHCC pitching staffs, the Patriots recorded 119 wins, 802 strikeouts in 1252 2/3 innings pitched and an ERA of 3.56.

Hodges is the son of 12 year MLB veteran, Ron Hodges, who caught for the New York Mets from 1973-1984. His 3 brothers Riley (Ferrum), Gray (Virginia Tech), and Nat (Radford/Ferrum), all played collegiate baseball as well.

HODGES' COACHING CAREER NOTABLES AT PATRICK HENRY CC

Wins: 119
Losses: 47
Saves: 18
CG: 33
IP: 1252 2/3
H: 1220
R: 671
ER: 496
BB: 373
K: 993
K/9: 7.95
ERA: 3.56

Coaches of the Year

Lucas Jones (2014)

Frank Jagoda (2016)

All Americans

Yashuan Santiago (2015)

All Region

Jack Maynard (2015, 2016)

Kemper Terry (2016)

Yashuan Santiago (2015)

Scott Spradlin (2014)

Alex Brown (2014)

Program Records

Team Wins (2015, 39) (2016, 43)

Team Strikeouts (2016, 475)

Team K/9 (2016, 9.87)

Team ERA (2014, 3.14)

Fewest Walks (2015, 90)

Single Season Strikeouts (2016, 121) (Jack Maynard)

Career Strikeouts (Jack Maynard)

Career Wins (Jack Maynard)

Career CG (Jack Maynard)

Career Shutouts (Jack Maynard)

Single Season Shutouts (Jack Maynard)

Career ERA (Jack Maynard)

No Hitters

Jack Maynard (2016)

Yashuan Santiago (2015)

David Fernandez (2015)

HODGES PLAYING CAREER NOTES

At Mount Olive

-All American (2008)

-World Series All-Tournament Team (2008)

-National Champion (2008)

-Gaylord Perry Award Winner (North Carolina Amateur Pitcher of the Year, 2008)

-17-2 in career at Mount Olive with 2.35 ERA

Professionally

-23rd Round Draft Pick (Atlanta Braves)

-Appeared in over 100 professional games

-Top in ERA in the Appalachian League

-Organizational Pitcher of the Month (June 2008)

-Played for the following teams:

-Danville Braves (Advanced Rookie)

-Rome Braves (Low A)

-Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A)

-Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League)

-Kansas City T-Bones (Northern League)

-Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League)

-Toros de Cali (Colombia, South America-La Liga Renteria Professional)

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT CASEY HODGES

"Casey is baseball. It is a lifestyle that has literally been engrained in him since he was born. His knowledge and understanding make him a fantastic hire for the pitching coach position at the University of Charleston. I have no doubt he will focus his attention on the development of the players. The players will know he cares for them and that he is invested in their well-being. Casey is a remarkable coach but an even better person."

-Lucas Jones, Head Coach, Washington and Lee U.

"Casey Hodges is a great baseball mind and an even better pitching guy. His experience not only as a college coach but as a professional athlete speaks for itself, it is his attention to detail that rivals nothing else. He will be a great fit and work tirelessly to help continue an expected culture within the program. As I am sad to see him go, I wish nothing but the best for him."

-Frank Jagoda, Head Coach, Patrick Henry CC

"The University of Charleston hit a grand slam hiring Casey to oversee the pitching. Not only is he a great instructor and evaluator of talent, but Casey is also a natural leader. The Golden Eagles pitching staff is in great hands."

-Joey Seal, Associate Head Coach, Norfolk State U.

Recruiting Coordinator/Hitting Coach
Thomas Stallings

Thomas comes to UC from VMI where he spent the 2015-2016 season as the Volunteer Assistant, after his standout career as a Keydet. He will be in charge of recruiting, hitting and infielding for the Golden Eagles.

"Thomas possesses one of the strongest skill sets I have come across. He is a tireless worker, smart, articulate, personable and knows the game. His experience on staff at VMI was huge for me, as well, as I have the utmost respect for Coach Jonathan Hadra. Our players will take to Stalls very quickly as his passion and knowledge of hitting will prove to be a huge boost to our program."

What Others Are Saying About Thomas Stallings

"I could not be more proud of Thomas as he takes the next step in his young career at the University of Charleston! The Golden Eagle program is getting a energetic and tireless worker that will bring instant value to his new program. He will work relentlessly on the recruiting trail to find the right type of players for the UC program and will represent the program and University in a first class manor. I am looking forward to following Thomas's career and the success that he and the Golden Eagle program will continue to have!"

-Jonathan Hadra, Head Baseball Coach, Virginia Military Institute

"Stalls is mentally tough, high energy and a problem solver. He knows how to relate to players and hold them to an expectation level on a daily basis. His attitude and work ethic is contagious and I'm excited to see the impact he will make at UC."

-Casey Dykes, Recruiting Coordinator/Hitting Coach, Virginia Military Institute

"Thomas has the passion and energy that every college player wants in his coach. He will be a relentless recruiter because that was the way he played the game. He has a great feel for the game and is an unbelievable teacher."

-Marlin Ikenberry, Head Baseball Coach, James Madison University

Assistant Coach/Development Coordinator
Robert Haggerty Jr.

Robert Haggerty enters his third season as an Assistant Baseball Coach at the University of Charleston. This season Haggerty will serve as the program’s Development Coordinator, Bus Driver, Outfielder’s Coach, Video Coordinator, Academic Coordinator, First Base Coach, and he will handle the program’s Baseball Operations. In 2015-2016, his first season with the Golden Eagles, Haggerty served as the team’s Camp Coordinator, First Base Coach, and Assistant Pitching Coach. In 2016-2017 Haggerty served as the Video Coordinator, Assistant Pitching Coach, Bus Driver, Academic Coordinator, and the Development Coordinator for the Golden Eagles. Haggerty also runs the program’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

During the spring 2017 semester, the Golden Eagles had 31 players above a 3.0 GPA, 14 players above a 3.5 GPA, and 8 players with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Haggerty also played a vital role in the program’s transition from 16-34 in 2016, to 34-22 in 2017. Specifically, Haggerty assisted Pitching Coach Casey Hodges in reducing the Golden Eagles staff ERA from 5.85 in 2016 to 4.73 in 2017. Haggerty’s Development team also competed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in 2017. As a result of these experiences, several players were bumped up to the varsity level over the course of the season.

Haggerty came to UC from Bluefield State College, where he was the Associate Head Coach/ Recruiting Coordinator during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. During his time at BSC, the Big Blues registered the highest team GPA in the athletic department with a 3.11 GPA during the 2014-2015 season. Haggerty also coached Dale Davis, an All-Atlantic Region player in 2013, and an All-ICAA player in 2014. Davis signed with the Texas Rangers as a free-agent in March of 2014.

Haggerty worked with the Tampa Bay Rays as a Trackman operator and official scorer during the summer of 2015, primarily with their rookie ball team based out of Princeton, WV. He also worked with the West Virginia Power as an official scorer during the summer of 2016.

Coach Haggerty has also worked with numerous youth baseball organizations. He has worked with the Diamond Skills Baseball organization out of Washington, DC for the past three summers. In addition, Haggerty coached the 14U Crabfest All-American’s out of Washington, DC to the Walt Disney Land New Year’s Bash Championship in January of 2016. Haggerty has also worked numerous other camps throughout the country, including camps at Army West Point, Tusculum, Eastern Mennonite, Virginia Military Institute, etc.

Haggerty began his playing career at Lyon College (NAIA-AR) before transferring to Austin Peay State University after shoulder surgery. After rehabbing Coach Haggerty transferred to Bluefield State College where he played under longtime head coach Geoff Hunter. While at BSC Haggerty was a two-way player, seeing time as both an infielder and a pitcher. Haggerty was a 2x WVIAC Pitcher of the Week as a member of the BSC Baseball team. He holds the school record for sac bunts in a game and in a season. He ranks in the top five all time at BSC for sac bunts in a career. He was a team captain for two years at BSC, and he was twice awarded the “Heart and Hustle” award by BSC Head Coach Geoff Hunter. Haggerty was also a 2x Academic All-Conference selection at BSC, as well as a 4x member of the school’s President’s List (3.5 GPA or better).

Haggerty graduated magna cum laude from BSC, with a BA in Social Science (History and Political Science), a BA in Humanities (Pre-Law), and an AS in Civil Engineering Technology. He will graduate in December with a Master’s in Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston, as well as a Master’s in Sport Management from Dallas Baptist University.

Haggerty is currently a member of the ABCA. Robert currently resides in Charleston, WV.

Additional camp staff may include former and current Golden Eagles players and other college coaches.