Jeff Gregory enters his eighth season as the head coach at Wingate University in 2017. In his first seven seasons at Wingate, Gregory has compiled an overall record of 210-163, with a 108-78 mark in SAC play.
The Bulldogs went 30-22 in 2016, led by consensus All-American Shane Billings, who would go on to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round. Billings, Bradley Brown and Bill Krebs earned All-Region honors in 2016.
Wingate was 33-26 in 2015, going on an incredible run to win the SAC Tournament title and earn an NCAA Tournament bid. The Bulldogs also pounded out a tournament-high 95 hits in seven games. Wingate won the title by going 4-0 on the final two days against the top three teams in the league. The Bulldogs got a 2-0 win over North Greenville in the NCAA Tournament, with Jimmy Doolittle taking a perfect game into the eighth inning. Billings and Thomas Spitz were consensus All-Americans, ranking among the national leaders in hits, runs and total bases. Spitz was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 32nd round of the MLB draft.
Gregory was named the SAC co-Coach of the Year in 2014, when he led the Bulldogs to a share of the regular season SAC title. The Bulldogs went 34-17 on the year, with a 20-7 mark in league play. Gregory picked up his 100th victory as a head coach during the 2014 season. The Bulldogs advanced to championship Sunday of the SAC Tournament in 2014 as well.
Wingate led the SAC in ERA for the second straight year, with senior Olen Little earning first team All-SAC accolades. Ben Currie was a second team All-SAC selection, joined by catcher Josh Clark and outfielder Eric Serra. Little and Currie also earned All-Region honors from multiple publications in 2014.
Gregory led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the SAC in 2013, notching a 20-7 record in league play. The Bulldogs led the conference with a 3.58 ERA, with Olen Little registering a SAC-best 1.50 ERA and SAC Freshman of the Year TJ Rinoski ranking second with a 1.76 ERA. Little and outfielder Thomas Spitz earned first team All-SAC honors, while Rinoski was joined by Josh Clark and Blake Prince on the All-SAC second team. Little, Spitz and Rinoski each earned All-Region recognition.
Gregory led a potent offensive attack during the 2012 season. The Bulldogs led the nation with 95 homers, ranking second nationally in doubles, sixth in scoring, eighth in runs and 11th in hits.
Gregory has had three players earn All-American honors in his three seasons. In 2011, outfielder Dodson McPherson earned first team All-American honors from the NCBWA and the ABCA, while earning second team accolades from Daktronics. One of eight semi-finalists for the Tino Martinez Award, McPherson earned SAC and Region Player of the Year honors, while also being named the SAC Male Athlete of the Year. First baseman Brian Yeung earned second team All-American honors from the ABCA and third team accolades from Daktronics. He led the nation in doubles during his sophomore year.
In 2012, outfielder Casey Allison earned first team All-American honors from Daktronics and the NCBWA, and second team accolades from the ABCA. He was a semi-finalist for the Tino Martinez Award, leading the nation with 22 homers.
During the 2011 season, the Bulldogs finished second in the SAC during the regular
season, after winning the regular season title in 2010. Wingate was dominant during the SAC Tournament, winning all four contests. The Bulldogs got overpowering pitching performances from Chris Nelson and Justin Somers in the first two contests, outscoring opponents 7-2 in the two contests. The Bulldogs won a 12-inning thriller to advance to championship Sunday, where they knocked off regular season champion Catawba 7-1 to claim their first title since 1998 and first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001.
A 2000 graduate of Wingate University, the 35-year-old Gregory has spent nine seasons on the Bulldog baseball coaching staff. He was promoted to full-time assistant baseball coach during the summer of 2005. The 2010 spring season was his fifth campaign as a full-time assistant coach.
Most recently, Gregory was responsible for working with the Bulldog hitters and
outfielders. In addition, he coordinated Wingate’s recruiting efforts. His endeavors gave the Bulldogs several top classes, including recent South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year award winners. Outfielder Mark Letchworth (Greenville, N.C.) was the 2009 SAC Player of the Year, while outfielder Casey Allison (Horse Shoe, N.C.) was the 2009 SAC Freshman of the Year.
Gregory’s tutelage helped Letchworth gain many honors. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) voted Letchworth to the 2009 NCAA Division II All-America third team.