Florida Tech Head Baseball Coach Jeff Tam Names Kenton Hering as Assistant Coach
By Jerry Durney, Florida Tech News Bureau // January 26, 2022
served as volunteer assistant from 2019 to 2021
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech head coach Jeff Tam has announced the hiring of Kenton Hering as assistant coach of the baseball program.
“I’ve worked with Kenton for quite a long time and actually had the joy to actually coach him in college,” said Tam. “He’s very knowledgeable and he’s going to be a huge asset to the pitching staff and just the team in general.”
Hering joins the coaching staff full-time at Florida Tech after serving as a Volunteer Assistant with the Panthers from 2019 to 2021.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the Florida Tech baseball program,” Hering said.
“I learned a tremendous amount in my 3 years as the volunteer assistant coach here. I am extremely excited to get to work with Coach Tam again, and I look forward to working every day to get Florida Tech baseball back to the top of the Sunshine State Conference. We will do everything we can to develop our players not only into great student-athletes but also great men.”
In his role as a volunteer assistant, he helped current Head Coach Jeff Tam work with the pitchers. In that time, opponents have been held to a .264 batting average while Panther pitching has struck out 752 batters.
During his first three years on the Crimson and Gray staff, Tech went 53-45 overall and 34-27 in SSC play.
In the two seasons in which the Panthers played a full season, they finished fourth in the conference in 2019 and second in 2021, which was their highest ever SSC finish.
Florida Tech has had three pitchers named to the All-SSC Team in that time, including Justin Lorenz and Boris Villa in 2021. In addition, the Panthers also had the SSC leader in saves in 2019 (Ryan Allain) and 2021 (Alex Carpenter).
A former Division I student-athlete, Hering emerged as a closer at Florida Gulf Coast from 2016 to 2018. In 67 career appearances with the Eagles, six of which were starts, Hering went 16-7 with 15 saves a 3.56 ERA, and 157 strikeouts in 134 innings pitched.
In his best season at FGCU, Hering went 7-3 with seven saves and a 1.96 ERA while striking out 77 over 59 2/3 IP during the 2017 season.
Hering appeared in a single-season school record 30 games and had the most strikeouts of any reliever in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He helped the Eagles win their first-ever ASUN Tournament championship by recording a save in Game One of the Championship Round against Jacksonville.
Hering went on to record the save in FGCU’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory over Michigan.
Originally from Melbourne, Hering attended and played baseball at Viera High School, where he helped the Hawks reached the regional tournament for the first time in school history.
Hering graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice from FGCU in 2018
The Panthers will begin the 2022 season on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when they host Rollins at 5 p.m. at Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field
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