Panther Baseball Coach’s CornerRick Hitt
Head Baseball Coach
Rick Hitt has had the great fortune of coaching many talented players and outstanding young men during his 28-year coaching career. In August, Rick Hitt began his 18th year at SFSC and in January launched his 17th SFSC Panthers Baseball team.
“My expectations of the players are simple. Dedicate yourself to being an outstanding young man and representative of SFSC daily. Commit to academic accountability and graduation. Play the greatest game in the world as hard as you can, and play it every day you get the chance,” Hitt said. “The growth that occurs within this process will stay with you as you venture on in life. “
As a pitcher at Santa Fe Community College, Hitt helped the Saints to a third place finish in the 1985 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series, while playing for Harry Tholen, NJCAA and American Baseball Coach Association, playing for NJCAA and ABCA Hall of Fame coach Harry Tholen. Hitt finished his career playing baseball at St. Thomas University, where he played for current Louisiana State University (LSU) and 2014 ABCA Hall of Fame inductee Paul Mainieri.
“I was blessed to have played for two highly respected coaches and outstanding people during my collegiate career. It is not often on can say they played for two coaches who are hall of famers. I am very grateful for the opportunity they provided me.
Hitt is in his second full term as president of the NJCAA Coaches Association and in his 12th year as a member of the FCSAA State Baseball Committee. Recently, Hitt completed his third year as a member of the prestigious ABCA Board of Directors and serves on the ABCA Executive Committee. At the ABCA national meeting in January, Hitt was appointed to be one of the six members of the ABCA’s Standing Committee.
Hitt and his wife, Jayma, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Sydney, 20, an SFSC graduate, and Cassady, 18, who currently attends SFSC.
When not at the ballpark, Hitt enjoys spending time with his family, the occasional round of golf, and morning walks with the family dog, Willy.
Hitt, his coaches, and his players look forward to the challenges of 2016. “Baseball is a great game, and much of the enjoyment is taking the ride with a great group of people around you. My hope is that our players will embrace that and enjoy the opportunities this season presents.”