FREDERICK, Md. -- Cory Beddick will be the first head coach in the history of Hood's baseball program, director of athletics Tom Dickman announced.

"We are very happy to announce Cory Beddick as Hood College's first ever baseball coach," Dickman said. "Cory brings great enthusiasm and credentials to this position.  His experience as both a Division III player and coach will enable him to hit the ground running in recruiting student-athletes for our initial season of 2014-15. We look forward to many successes for Hood baseball under his leadership."

Prior to his appointment at Hood, Beddick served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pa. During his two seasons, he worked with the hitters and infielders while serving as the program's recruiting coordinator and first base coach. During his two seasons, the Lions went 59-27-1. Behrend won the ECAC South Region Championship in 2012 and in 2013 won the program's fifth Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship to advance to the NCAA Mideast Regional.

"I'd like to thank the athletic department and administration for this opportunity," Beddick said. "It's an honor to be the first baseball coach at Hood College and I'm looking forward to building the program."

Beddick coached at his alma mater, Gettysburg College, in 2011 as an assistant coach working with hitters and position players. He joined the coaching staff after graduating from Gettysburg in 2010 with a degree in political science and a minor in history. Beddick was a four year member of the Bullets baseball program as an infielder.