Staff
Head Coach
Jonathan Hadra

Jonathan Hadra, a four-year letterman and 2004 graduate of VMI, was named the 20th head coach in VMI baseball history on Thursday, Nov. 13. Hadra had been serving as the acting head coach since Nov. 3, when he was named to that role following the resignation of Marlin Ikenberry, who chose to pursue an opportunity in private business.

Hadra, the 2010 SE Baseball Assistant Coach of the Year, has spent five seasons on this, his second tour of duty with the Keydets, rising to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2014 season. He has worked with the infielders and hitters during the majority of that time, as well as serving as the program's recruiting coordinator since 2011.

Hadra's mentorees include VMI's first conference player of the year in baseball, Rob Dickinson, who hit .399 during his POTY 2013 season and Sam Roberts, VMI's all-time hits leader. Hadra was instrumental in the program's 2010 success that saw the team earn only its second national ranking ever, as he tutored an offense that included Roberts and future major leaguer Cory Spangenburg, who earned multiple Freshman All-American honors during his only season at the Institute.

More recently, Hadra saw Brandon Angus have a breakout 2014 season at the plate, earning Second Team All-Big South honors with a .333 batting average. Defensively, Hadra's infielders helped the team post the third-best fielding percentage in school history (.966) during that 2014 season.

“I’m very excited for Jonathan,” said former VMI head coach Marlin Ikenberry. “He has been my right-hand man for the past five seasons, and he is extremely prepared for this opportunity. I’m very excited for his chance to lead this program into the future. He has a great relationship with the players, administration and many college coaches. I will always be a very loyal supporter of VMI baseball and of Coach Hadra.”

Hadra also spent the 2009 season at Bradley before returning to VMI, where he had worked in 2005, for the 2010 season. At Bradley, Hadra worked to bring in a freshman class of 16 that was named one of the top recruiting classes in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. Included in the haul were a pair of Junior College All-Americans, a High School All-American and three players that were drafted by MLB clubs.

Prior to this stay at VMI, Hadra spent three years as an assistant at Western Kentucky under current Old Dominion head coach and VMI Hall of Famer Chris Finwood. In fact, Hadra continues a trend that has now seen three of VMI's last four head coaches be former Finwood associates, whether it be as assistant coaches or former players.

At WKU, Hadra oversaw outfield instruction, base running and bunting while coaching first base. In 2008, the Hilltoppers were picked seventh in the league's preseason poll, yet made just the third NCAA Tournament appearance in program history after capturing the conference tournament championship. Also that season, the WKU defense ranked third in the nation with a .976 team fielding percentage.

During his 2005 season at VMI, Hadra worked with the outfielders and assisted instruction in base running, bunting and positional defense.

"Coach Hadra is is mentally tough, hard working, smart and a great communicator," said Tom Slater, VMI head coach during Hadra's cadetship and current roving minor-league hitting instructor for the New York Yankees. "He is a man that I would want my son to play for."

As a cadet, Hadra was a four-year letterman who graduated with a degree in Economics and Business. Hadra served as team captain his senior year and helped the Keydets break the school record for wins during his junior season. His sophomore season, meanwhile, saw VMI finish with a 16-14 mark in the Southern Conference, breaking the program standard for most conference wins.

"I want to thank Coach Ikenberry for being such a huge part of my career for the past fourteen years," offered VMI's newest baseball coach. "He filled so many roles ranging from Assistant Coach to Head Coach to mentor and friend. He has forever left his impression on this program and I am looking forward to continuing his work and making the VMI baseball program one of the best to play for in the country. We have a group of players in our locker room that work very hard and play with a lot of passion and I am very proud to represent them. I am looking forward to competing and preparing with them every day so we can bring a Southern Conference Championship to VMI and the Lexington community."

Hadra is married to the former Allison Toth, and the couple has a four-year old son, Colton, and their second child, daughter Kennedy, born in February of 2013.

Pitching Coach
Sam Roberts

Former VMI star and Oakland A's minor leaguer Sam Roberts was promoted to the position of assistant coach on June 20, 2017. Roberts had spent the 2017 season as a volunteer assistant with the VMI program after retiring from the professional ranks following Spring Training 2016.

Roberts, VMI's all-time hits leader, ranks in the program's top-three in nine career categories, and leads in hits, walks, at-bats, runs scored and games played. He was also a regular on the mound, both in starting and relief roles.

Roberts was drafted by Oakland following the 2011 season and spent five seasons in the A's system, reaching high-A in the 2015 season. Following the 2013 season, Roberts transitioned full-time to the mound and spent his final two professional seasons in that role. He went 5-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 72 relief outings as a pro.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Casey Dykes

Former Western Kentucky volunteer assistant Casey Dykes has been named the newest full-time assistant coach for VMI baseball, according to information released by the program January 8.

Dykes comes to VMI after spending the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant with the Hilltoppers. He worked with the outfielders during that time, in addition to heading up team operations, baseball camps and team nutrition, which he also did during the fall of 2013. Dykes saw significant improvement from his outfielders during his lone regular season as a volunteer, as the WKU outfielders went from six assists in 2013 to 15 the following year. All three of the Hilltoppers' regular outfielders hit over .300, with Anderson Miller leading the team with a .336 batting average that helped him earn Second Team All-Sun Belt honors.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity Coach Hadra has given me to be part of his staff at Virginia Military Institute," stated Dykes, who will also serve as the program's recruiting coordinator. "The tradition at VMI is one of a kind and I'm fired up to be a part of that. This is a blue-collar program and I look forward to working with this staff and team as we enter back into the SoCon and work towards bringing a championship to Lexington."

During his four-year playing career at WKU, Dykes saw the majority of his time at third base and posted a career .960 fielding percentage. He finished his four-year stay at WKU as a .284 career hitter, playing in 185 games, including 174 starts. He posted a career .382 slugging percentage and a .373 on-base percentage, while belting 11 career home runs and driving in 95 over four years.

Dykes holds a bachelors' degree in sport management from WKU, in addition to a masters' in athletic administration that he completed in 2014.

"I am very excited about adding Casey to our staff. It was very apparent very early on in the interviewing process that he was someone that I needed to spent some time with because of his eagerness and excitement about the opportunity to come to VMI and work with our cadet-athletes," said head coach Jonathan Hadra. "He will gain instant credibility with our players because he is coming from a program, Western Kentucky, that over the past few years has competed for and won conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. He knows the everyday effort and focus it takes to attain the goal of being a conference champion. Casey will work with our catchers and lead our recruiting efforts, and I have complete confidence in him that he will continue developing positive relationships with high school and travel coaches all over the region in order to find the quality player and person it takes to do well at VMI."

Assistant Coach
Grey Finwood

Grey Finwood, former letterwinner at Old Dominion, was named the new volunteer assistant coach for VMI baseball on August 1.

Finwood, the son of ODU coach and VMI Hall of Famer Chris Finwood, replaces Sam Roberts, who was promoted to the pitching coach position in late June.

"I am extremely excited to be able to add Grey Finwood to our staff," said Coach Hadra. "I believe our program will reap immediate benefits from Grey’s presence because of his willingness to work hard for our Cadet-Athletes. When the time came to begin reaching out to potential candidates, Grey was right at the top of the list. I have always thought that Grey would make a great coach because of his very personable personality and genuine love for the game. He will work with our infielders and will assist myself and the rest of the staff in the day to day operations that are required to run our program."

Finwood suited up for the Monarchs for three seasons. He saw most of his action as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, when he started 29 games and ranked second on the team in putouts with 289. His hiring continues a trend in which VMI's last six volunteer assistants have come from within the state of Virginia, dating back to the 2009 season.