Trey Hendricks ’04

Baseball | Class of 2019


Harvard Athletic Achievements

4-time All-American (2004 first team P and 1B, 2002 first team DH, 2001 honorable mention DH) … Unanimously selected as the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, All-Ivy League first team pitcher, and All-Ivy League first team first baseman in 2004 … 5-time All-Ivy League (2004 first team P and 1B, 2003 first team 1B, 2002 first team DH, 2001 honorable mention DH) … Ranks second in career doubles (44), third in batting average (.373), fourth in hits (193), fifth in home runs (20), and seventh in runs batted in (114) … Ivy League Champion (2002) … 4-year letterwinner … Team captain (2004).


Remembering Harvard Athletics

As I sit down and reflect on my time at Harvard, I can’t help but think of all the people that made my time there so special. From my teammates, coaches, friends, professors, support staff, and administrators, they all played a role in making my Harvard experience an enjoyable, unforgettable ride. As I reminisce, one word keeps repeating itself: Grateful. I am grateful to have all of them in my life. I am grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to attend Harvard. I am grateful to have been a part of the successful baseball program. I am grateful to be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame with this group of exceptional athletes, and all the others that have come before me.

My path to Harvard was, like most, a unique one. I attended a large, public high school in suburban Houston. The late Coach Joe Walsh, who I greatly admire and miss, had never seen me play before he began to recruit me. Rather, he sent some friends of his who were scouts in Texas to see me play. I didn’t know it, but he was keeping close track of my progress and decided to take a chance on me based on the recommendations of his trusted friends. I still remember the day he called me for the first time, and I could understand about every fifth word because of his deep, but charming, Boston accent. For that, I am grateful. If he didn’t take that chance on me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I want to thank all the coaches that had an impact on my career. First and foremost, my late father – he was my biggest critic, but also my biggest fan, and he pushed me to be the best I could be. Thank you, Dad. Thank you to the late Dr. Bragg Stockton (former University of Houston baseball coach). He taught me the fundamentals of the game. Thank you to Kenny Humphreys, my high school coach, and to Vinny Sinisi, Phil Cross, Michael Brantner, and Butch Ghutzman. You all played a big part of my development as a player. Thank you to coach Matt Hyde – his tireless work ethic and genuine selflessness as an assistant coach at Harvard helped many players reach their potential. It is no surprise to see him as a successful scout for the New York Yankees today, where he continues to impact young lives. Thank you to Coach Gary Donovan, who was always there during my four years on the Crimson baseball team. 

Thank you to Brad Quigley and the training staff for taking good care of me and keeping me on the field, for the most part. This group really extended themselves during my Junior year when I needed knee surgery. Their direction and assistance throughout the rehabilitation process enabled me to get back on the field in time for my summer assignment.

I am grateful for my teammates. There is a special bond created when you live the ups and downs with a small group of people. Starting with my freshman Fall semester, I was fortunate to have some great teammates and leaders. Thank you to John Birtwell ’01, Scott Carmack ’01, Scot Hopps ’01, and Mike Dryden ’01 for showing me what it means to play for Harvard. Thank you to Ben Crockett ’02, Faiz Shakir ’02, Mark Mager ’02, Justin Nywiede ’02, Josh San Salvador ’02, Nick Carter ’02, Chaney Sheffield ’02, and Javy Lopez ’02 for being the senior leaders who brought me my only Ivy League Championship. That was truly an awesome ride. Thank you to Barry Wahlberg ’03, the late and greatly missed Madhu Satyanarayana ’03, Matt Self ’03, Bryan Lentz ’03, Kenon Ronz ’03, Nick Seminara ’03, Brendan Reed ’03, and Ryan Tsujikawa ‘03 for another competitive run at an Ivy League title during my injury-shortened junior year. Thank you to my fellow co-captain Bryan Hale ’04, Mickey Kropf ’04, Jason Brown ’04, and Marc Hordon ’04 for being my teammate and friend from our first day at Harvard together. Thank you to Schuyler Mann ’05, Rob Wheeler ’05, Ian Wallace ’05, AJ Solomine ’05, Mike Morgalis ’05, and Javy Arteaga ’05. Finally, thank you to Zak Farkes ’06, Morgan Brown ’06, Lance Salsgiver ’06, Frank Herrmann ’06, Javy Castellanos ’06, Josh Klimkiewicz ’06, Chris Mackey ’06, Mike Dukovich ’06, Matt Brunnig ’06, Wes Cosgriff ’06, Brendan Byrne ’07, Jake Bruton ’07, Andrew Casey ’07, and John Wolff ‘07 for being on the best team I was on at Harvard that didn’t win the Ivy League Championship. We came up just short. All my teammates were special to me, and I wouldn’t be here today without them. They made me better day in and day out. 

I am grateful for the Summer League opportunities that allowed me to further develop my skills and see new parts of the country. Thank you to the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. Thank you to coach Paul Swingle and the Keene SwampBats of the New England Collegiate League. Coach Swingle believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and I truly believe that summer was a turning point in my career. Lastly, thank you to the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Playing with the best of the best was truly awesome. 

I am grateful to have been able to play professional baseball for parts of seven years after my Harvard days had ended. I am grateful to have been drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am grateful that my baseball ability gave me the chance to see the world – having played across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work in the front offices/scouting departments for four MLB organizations – the Washington Nationals, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and now the Cincinnati Reds.

I am grateful for my family - my mother and late father. Without them, I know Harvard wouldn’t have even been on my radar. I never thought I’d be able to attend Harvard, but they always believed in me, and pushed me, to be my best. My mother was always the soft support – a shoulder to cry on when I needed it. My father was the strict disciplinarian, which I certainly needed in my teenage years. I needed to be pushed, and together they were the perfect blend of hard and soft that enabled me to excel in whatever I pursued.

I am grateful for my beautiful wife Stacy, and two boys – Austin and Dustin. Although they were not along for the ride during my Harvard days, I am glad they get to share in this tremendous honor now. I hope this encourages them to dream big, work hard, and never settle.

 

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