On Friday, July 16, 2021 East Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Scott Carter announced the hiring of Belinda Hendrix as the new head coach of the ETSU Softball program.
Hendrix, the fifth head coach in program history, has spent the past 17 seasons as the head coach at Chipola College. Under her tutelage, the Lady Indians have turned into an NJCAA powerhouse with three national championships during Hendrix’s tenure as well as accumulating 647 wins.
During her 17 seasons at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., Hendrix has built quite the resumé. Hendrix has guided her team to eight NJCAA National Tournament appearances with three national titles (2007, 2015, 2019) and two runner-up finishes (2016, 2018). She has posted a career coaching record of 647-174 (.788 winning percentage). Hendrix is a three-time NJCAA Coach of the Year winner, five-time NJCAA Region VII Coach of the Year, five-time FCCAA Region VIII Coach of the Year and a 10-time Florida Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year. Coach Hendrix has claimed eight FCCAA Region VIII Championships and nine Florida Panhandle Conference titles, all while appearing in 14 FCCAA State/Region VIII tournaments.
She has coached 50 NJCAA All-Americans and two NJCAA Pitchers of the Year. Hendrix has also guided nine Panhandle Conference Players of the Year and 10 Panhandle Conference Pitchers of the Year.
More importantly, Coach Hendrix prepares her squad for success beyond the diamond with a graduation rate of 90%.
Coach Hendrix played her collegiate softball at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga. where she was a critical part to the Night Hawks’ success.
She later earned a degree in psychology from Troy University before returning to the Florida panhandle. In 2001, Hendrix began her coaching career at Vernon High School where she would amass a three-year record of 56-22 and two district titles.
Hendrix is married to former Chipola College Associate Head Softball Coach, Jimmy Hendrix.