Tom Walter enters his sixth season in 2015 as the head coach of Wake Forest baseball.
Walter was named head baseball coach at Wake Forest on June 16, 2009. During his first five seasons leading the Demon Deacons, Walter has recorded a 134-145 overall record.
Wake Forest returned to the ACC Championship tournament in 2014 after posting a 30-26 record along with a 15-15 mark in conference. The season was highlighted by wins over nationally ranked teams such as Clemson, Florida State and Virginia. In the final series of the season, Wake Forest took two-of-three games against No. 1 Virginia for the first series win over a top-ranked team since 2000.
In just his second season with the team (2011), he guided the Deacs back to the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2008 after finishing the conference schedule with a 15-15 record. He then led Wake Forest to a winning record in 2012 at 33-24, including a return trip to the ACC Tournament where the Deacs defeated NC State, 7-3.
Bill Cilento is in his fifth year as an assistant coach at Wake Forest. He works primarily with the Demon Deacon hitters and infielders.
"Having worked with Bill for two years at the University of New Orleans, several things stood out to me," head coach Tom Walter said. "Bill has a passion for college baseball that is exemplary and is a tireless worker and relentless recruiter. He is also able to quickly and easily develop a mutual respect and unique rapport with his players."
Cilento joined the Wake Forest staff after serving the previous three seasons at Brown University where he worked as the hitting coach and the infield coach. As a team, Brown hit .308 during the 2009 season, finishing the year with a 24-19-1 record. Matt Nuzzo, an infielder for Brown in 2009, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2009 MLB Draft after hitting .324 with 11 home runs.
Matt Hobbs joins the Wake Forest coaching staff in 2014 as the pitching coach after spending four seasons at his alma mater of Missouri. During his four years at Missouri, Hobbs had seven of his pitchers drafted in three seasons and he has guided four players to All-Conference honors.
"Matt is on the cutting edge of developing elite throwers," said head coach Tom Walter. "He has a proven track of velocity improvement and his pitchers will be both mentally and physically tough. With the addition of our player development center in the near future and Matt to our coaching staff, all the pieces are in place for Wake Forest to be the next great destination for top-flight arms."
In Missouri's first year in the SEC in 2013, Hobbs helped mentor Rob Zastryzny who was selected with the second pick of the second round in last year's draft. Hobbs also helped guide pitcher Keaton Steele to All-SEC First Team honors as Steele was the only player in the nation to lead his team in wins, saves and homers at the plate.
Joey Hammond joins the Wake Forest coaching staff as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 season. A former professional baseball player for 11 years, Hammond joins Wake Forest after spending five seasons as the head coach of Westchester Country Day School.
Hammond was drafted in the 25th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and spent eight seasons with the Orioles and three with the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent the last eight seasons of his baseball playing career at the AA and AAA levels while playing at least 100 games at each infield position and over 150 games in the outfield.
"Joey's passion and energy are what makes him special," said head coach Tom Walter. "He brings 11 years of professional playing experience as well as three state championships as a local high school coach. Most importantly, he has a way of communicating with these young men that make every one of them want to run through a brick wall for him."