Podcast: Albany State Head Coach Scott Hemmings

Scott Hemmings is in his third season as Albany State University’s head baseball coach. Last season he guided the Golden Rams to their first HBCU Baseball National Title in 2018 and the SIAC Baseball Championship, their first conference title since 2015.

Before he took over the helm of the ASU baseball program, Hemmings was the head coach at Darton State college where he won 212 games in five years.

In his final season as the coach at Darton (2016) the team finished 43-21, won their second consecutive regular season and GCAA conference tournament title, their first ever East Central District title, and made their first ever appearance in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO. That same year, coach Hemmings was named GCAA Region 17 and East Central District Coach of the Year.

Hemmings is a graduate of Columbus High School, where he played for three Georgia State High School Championship baseball teams. Upon his graduation in 1995, Hemmings was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 61st round, but chose to attend college instead, and played 2 years at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, where he broke the school record for stolen bases as a freshman, and as a sophomore earned First Team All-Conference honors, while leading his team to a third place finish in the GJCAA in 1997.

Hemmings earned a baseball scholarship to Columbus State University. The San Diego Padres drafted Hemmings in the 18th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball June draft and this time he elected to sign with the Padres. He played three seasons in the Padres organization, making it as high as AAA – Las Vegas and became highly regarded in the front office for speed, power, and a strong arm.  Hemmings was on a focused track to the big leagues. Unfortunately, his career became injury riddled and he was forced to retire after a short spring training stint with the Detroit Tigers in 2000.

After finishing his playing days, Hemmings joined the staff at Alabama junior college powerhouse, Chattahoochee Valley Community College. In 2003 he helped guide the Pirate program to a school record 41 wins and a 2nd place finish in the AJCAA conference tournament. Hemmings decided after the 2008 season to move back to Columbus, GA., as he accepted the head coaching position at Central High School. After rebuilding Central High School’s baseball program and leading them back to the state play-offs for the first time in 6 years, Hemmings accepted the head coaching job at Darton State College. He became only the 2nd Coach in Darton State’s history.

While coaching at the JUCO ranks, Hemmings’, quite a few student athletes either went to NCAA Division I baseball programs or were drafted by Major League Baseball.

Hemmings is a 2002 graduate of Troy State University with a degree in business administration and a 2005 graduate of Troy State University with a master’s in Business Administration.

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Podcast: Albany State Head Coach Scott Hemmings

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