Joey Hammond – Head Coach – Baseball Coaches
High Point University athletic director Dan Hauser announced the hiring of Joey Hammond as the head coach of the High Point baseball program on June 17, 2021.
Hammond becomes the fourth head coach of the Division I era of the HPU and the eighth captain in program history.
Hammond has spent the past seven seasons in the Triad as a volunteer assistant coach at Wake Forest where he has worked with hitters and outfielders. He guided 17 Demon Deacon hitters to All-ACC honors during his tenure and saw eight players recognized as All-Americans during his seven years.
Hammond made Wake Forest’s offense one of the best in the country, culminating with a 43-20 season in 2017 where the Demon Deacons were one game away from qualifying for the College World Series. That season, Wake Forest placed in the nation’s top 20 in batting average, base percentage, doubles, runs, runs per game, walks, strokes, strokes.
percentage, and home runs after becoming the first Division I school in the country to hit 100 home runs in the BBCOR bat era with a record 106 home runs.
Prior to joining Wake Forest, Hammond was head coach at Westchester Country Day School here at High Point for five seasons. He led the Wildcats to the NCISAA 2A Final Four every five years and won three state championships. He compiled a 104-31-1 record at Westchester Country Day and played 14 college baseball graduates.
Hammond played 11 years professionally before becoming a coach and was drafted in the 25th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, spending eight seasons with the O organization and three in the Philadelphia Phillies farming system. His last eight seasons of his playing career have been spent at the AA and AAA levels, and he has played at least 100 games at every infield position and over 150 games in the outfield. Hammond ended his career with a .274 batting average with over 1,100 hits and was named to the 2000s All-Star team of the Reading Phillies (AA).
A regular in Tar Heel State, Hammond received a BA in Communications from Charlotte, where he was a 49ers shortstop from 1996 to 1998. He was twice a member of the All-Conference USA All-Tournament team. and was named First Team All-Conference USA in 1998 after defeating 0.398 with 100 hits.
A native of Frederick, Maryland, he was inducted into the Frederick County YMCA Hall of Fame in 2019. Hammond currently resides in Greensboro with his wife Rebecca and their three sons, Caleb, Josh and Mason.