K.J. Hendricks joined the UT Arlington staff as an assistant coach in 2010. He spent the two previous seasons on the UT Arlington staff as a volunteer assistant (2009) and team chaplain (2008). Hendricks serves as the team's hitting and defensive coach.
In his first year as the UTA hitting coach, Hendricks helped Michael Choice win the Southland Conference batting title with a .383 average. Choice also belted 16 home runs and led the nation with 76 walks and finished second in the nation with a .568 on-base percentage.
In doing so, Choice earned the Southland Conference Hitter of the Year and Player of the Year awards, in addition to being named First-Team All-SLC. Choice also made several All-America teams before the Oakland Athletics made him the 10th overall selection in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.
During his time on the Mavericks' staff, Hendricks has helped mentor several of UTA's top offensive players over the past decade.
Hendricks returned to UT Arlington in the fall of 2007 after completing his professional playing career that spanned six seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles and Fort Worth Cats. Hendricks earned his bachelor's degree at UT Arlington in 2008.
Hendricks played his freshman season at Temple College before joining the Mavericks for a standout two-year career from 2001-2002. Hendricks was then selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2002 MLB Draft in the 26th round with the 771st overall selection.
He played three seasons in the Rockies farm system before finishing his career playing one season in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system and one season with the Fort Worth Cats.
In his first year playing at UT Arlington, Hendricks earned second team All-Southland Conference honors as well as earning the nickname "The Pest" by late UT Arlington head coach Clay Gould because of Hendricks' aggressive playing style.
In 2001 he batted a team-high .328 and led the Southland Conference with 36 stolen bases. The stolen base total ties for fifth all-time at UTA. His 57 runs scored are eighth-best in Mavericks history. He helped lead the Mavericks to the SLC Tournament championship while being named Most Valuable Player. He batted .391 (9-for-23) in the tournament.
As a junior, Hendricks put up even more impressive numbers. His .353 batting average was a career-best, and he swiped another 33 bases in 38 attempts. He led the Mavs with 40 walks, 82 hits and a .450 on-base percentage.
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