McHenry, MD -- Garrett College head men's baseball coach Eric Hallenbeck earned his 300th win on March 30, as his Lakers defeated Maryland Juco Conference and NJCAA Region XX opponent Cecil College 12-2 in game two of a double header.
In his 14th season at the helm for Garrett baseball, Hallenbeck has coached and been a part of many individual and team achievements, including a Golden Glove Award winner, two Big Stick Award winners, NJCAA First Team All-American, NJCAA Academic All-American and numerous All Maryland Juco, All District Four and All Region XX team selections.
In 2015, the Garrett Lakers made an appearance in the NJCAA Region XX Division II semifinals.
Hallenbeck also recruited and coached Allan Bencid, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, who signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Bencid was a catcher for the Lakers from 2012-2013.
"Reaching this milestone is incredibly humbling for me in many ways," Hallenbeck said. "I've watched numerous players advance to four-year schools, succeed in life, and have families of their own. I've also created and developed lifelong friendships over the years – now that's what it's all about."
"I appreciate the Garrett College community for the opportunity here in McHenry," Hallenbeck continued. "I'm proud of what we've done here with the Garrett Lakers baseball program and what we will continue to do."
Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president, said Hallenbeck's career is defined by much more than just an impressive number of wins.
"Eric [Hallenbeck] is not only a successful coach because of how his teams succeed on the field, but also because of how he helps them succeed off the field," Midcap said. "You don't have to observe Eric with his team long to see how much he cares for his players as people and what an impact he has on their lives."
"I'm especially thankful to all the players, assistant coaches and parents over the years that have helped the program reach this mark – they are just as much a part of reaching this milestone," Hallenbeck said. "The Garrett baseball family knows all too well how trying times may be – but no matter what, we have always stayed together."
*This article was originally published by Garrett Athletics.