Volunteer Assistant Coach / Hitting Coach Collin Radack
Collin Radack enters his second season as the volunteer assistant coach in 2019. He joined the Spiders after three seasons in the minors, and spent the 2017 season at his alma mater, Hendrix.
Radack works in many roles as the volunteer assistant. Defensively, he works primarily with the outfielders and works with the hitters on a daily basis.
In 2019, Radack led a Spider offense that found its power stroke, hitting 54 home runs as a team, more than the combined total from the 2018 and 2017 seasons. Four players earned All-Atlantic 10 honors during the season. Third baseman Tyler Plantier and outfielder Anthony Forte were First Team All A-10 honorees, catcher Kyle Schmidt was a Second Team honoree and outfielder Johnny Hipsman was named to the A-10 All-Freshman team. The Spiders hit for a .283 team average, the best average since the 2016 season. Radack preached a patient approach at the plate that led the Spiders to earn a .390 team on-base percentage, ranking 36th nationally and second in the A-10. The Spiders drew 294 walks as a team, led by 37 from Sage Bruhl, for the top spot in the A-10 and finishing 30th nationally in that category. Richmond's offense scored 6.7 runs per game and was even better in league action, scoring an average of 8.3 per game against A-10 opponents. His outfielders were consistent all season. Forte started 54 games in center field Jordan Schulefand started 53 games in right field and the combination of Johnny Hipsman, D.J. Lee and Michael Strait manned left field in 53 of 54 games. Schulefand finished the season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage while hitting for a .288 average with five home runs and a team-leading 14 doubles. Forte earned a .979 fielding percentage and led the team with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 115 total bases, three triples and drew 35 walks. Hipsman ended the season with a team-best .377 batting average in 44 games, hitting eight doubles and three home runs. D.J. Lee finished the season with a .275 average and hit five home runs before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 39th round of the MLB Draft in June.
2018 saw Radack's offense hit for a .268 team average and ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 in average and team slugging percentage. The Spiders led the conference with 266 walks, and were third in the league with a .378. Richmond finished fifth in the league after hitting 29 home runs during the season and driving in 271 runs, averaging 4.84 runs per game. Defensively, Richmond recorded a .973 team fielding percentage and recorded 14 outfield assists during the year. The outfielders earned a .991 fielding percentage with seven players earning playing time. With Radack's tutelage, Tim Miller earned A-10 All-Rookie honors as both a right-handed pitcher and an outfielder. The redshirt freshman hit for a .263 average with seven extra-base hits.
He played the outfield for two seasons as a professional, and was one of the most decorated players to ever play for Hendrix College. Radack also serves as the Spider hitting coach. During his collegiate career, he hit for a .389 average with 64 extra-base hits. In his pro career, Radack hit for a .279 average across four levels of minor league baseball.
Radack also works as the Spider baseball prospect camp director. For full information on Richmond baseball prospect camps, visit www.collegebaseballcamps.com/spiderbaseball. Camps are open to all participants with the only limitations based on grade level.
An All-American outfielder, Radack was drafted in the 20th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in 203 games during his minor league career before retiring to begin coaching. Over his three-year playing career, Radack advanced as high as Double A, playing with the Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League. He finished his professional career with a .279 average with 33 extra-base hits including five home runs.
While a player at Hendrix, Radack ended his career with school records in games played, starts, at bats, runs, hits, triples, intentional walks, stolen bases and fielding percentage. He is also tied for first in total bases, second in doubles and hit by pitch, third in average, fourth in on base percentage and stolen base percentage and fifth in RBI.
Radack, who is also active with Athletes in Action Sports Ministry, graduated from Hendrix in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business and economics and received his masters degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine (Calif.).