Hendricks is new coach of AACC softball team

September 17, 1992

After serving as an assistant coach the past two seasons, Jim Hendricks will take over as head softball coach at Anne Arundel Community College.

Hendricks, 28, replaces Tom Smith, who will remain at the college as the head women's basketball coach.

Smith relinquished his softball position after two years because of time constraints brought on by his work with the basketball team.

"It was too demanding doing back-to-back jobs. That's basically it," he said. "It was just too time-consuming. Plus, my wife and I had a baby boy last year."

Hendricks, a Cape St. Claire resident, will be assisted by Beth Gray, who also helps out with the women's basketball team. She was a four-year starter on Towson State University's softball team.

Hendricks, who also is employed as Anne Arundel's facilities manager for athletics, said he accepted the job last month.

"I'm real excited about it," he said. "With the kind of talent there is in this county, there's no reason why the program can't be competitive on a national level."

He said his greatest challenge will be "getting all the talent to stay here, rather than going to Essex, Catonsville and Dundalk."

He seems to be achieving that goal, too, with commitments from such local standouts as Stacy Reynolds and Jen Kisiner (both from Northeast), Jen McKeldin (Archbishop Spalding), Stacey Grokas (Chesapeake), Holly Mowry (Broadneck) and Kim Horney North County).

"Right now, we have 11 freshmen and three sophomores," he said. "These are definites. They're the ones we know will be here. And we expect a few more to show up once the semester progresses."

A 1982 graduate of Annapolis High, Hendricks said he hopes to organize a county high school senior all-star softball game at the college, beginning next May.

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