Eric Hallenbeck enters his fourteenth season as head coach of Garrett College’s baseball program. His fourteen-year record is 290-368-2. The Lakers have made the Region XX playoffs every year under Hallenbeck, including a final four appearance in 2015 with a 31-21 record. While at Garrett Hallenbeck has coached one first team All-American, one Academic All-American, eleven first team All - Region XX players, four All - District players, three first team All – MDJUCO players and two Rawlings Big Stick Award winners.
Prior to Garrett, Hallenbeck served as an Associate Head Coach and top assistant for seven years at Frostburg State University. During his tenure at Frostburg State, he helped guide the team to a 205-102-1 overall record, while compiling a 54-19 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference record. As FSU’s recruiting coordinator, the Bobcats won three AMCC Tournament Championships (1998, 1999, 2004), had 44 All-AMCC selections and four league Most Valuable Players.
A former catcher and designated hitter at Frostburg State, from 1991-94, Hallenbeck started his coaching career in the summer of 1993 as an assistant for the Brunswick (MD) American Legion.
In 1994, he started his own legion program in Boonsboro, MD. Two years later, Hallenbeck joined the coaching staff at Frederick Community College as their pitching coach, where the team set a school record for wins with 29, finished 13th in the nation, and posted a team earned run average of 3.50. In 1997, Hallenbeck returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant.
For nine years, Hallenbeck was the catching instructor for the Ripken Baseball School. In addition to his coaching duties, Hallenbeck also serves as the Assistant Coordinator of Athletics and is an adjunct faculty member.
“We’ve accomplished a lot here and have done so with obstacles that no one else has. The coaches before me helped build this program and I’ve just tried to continue to move it forward, “ Hallenbeck said.
Hallenbeck received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with concentrations in Coaching and Health Fitness from Frostburg State in May 1997.
He is the proud father of two beautiful children, Madison Brooke (17) and Zachary George (14).