JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 16, 2021) – On Friday, July 16, 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.
“After a thorough national search, I am proud to welcome Head Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix to the ETSU Athletics family,” stated Carter. “Coach Hendrix brings a wealth of championship head coaching experience to ETSU, after building one of the premiere junior college programs in the country. Her background of producing winners on and off the field with a focus on graduation and championships made her stand out in the search process. Our entire staff is very excited to work with Coach Hendrix in building a championship softball culture at ETSU.”
Coach Hendrix is more than ready to guide the Buccaneer softball program to its former glory in the Southern Conference.
“My passion has always been making a positive impact in people's lives and for 17 years I was able to do that at Chipola,” added Coach Hendrix. “After my mother passed away in March, I felt like it was time to find a new home. Throughout the interview process I knew I wanted Johnson City to be that home. I am so grateful and blessed to become the next softball coach at East Tennessee State University. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason, and I believe God closed one chapter of my life and opened another one. I look forward to creating a family atmosphere while also establishing a winning culture.”
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.
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