"The Hawken baseball program focuses on building respect; for the game, for responsibility to the team, and for our extended family. We hope to achieve this through consistent effort, pushing each other to develop better skills and understanding what it takes to compete."
Head Coach Coach Aaron Brandt ’86 was captain of the football and baseball teams at Hawken before going on to Guilford College, where he played baseball. Brandt returned to Hawken in 1997, teaching mathematics and coaching the middle school baseball and football teams. In 2004 he was named the head coach, Varsity Baseball. Coach Brandt is a five-time CVC Coach of the year and has a career record of 194-136.
Hawken was one of the first schools in Northeast Ohio to install an artificial turf baseball field. Hitchcock Field was installed in 2007 and remains one of the premier facilities in the region.
Hawken Baseball History
Hawken Baseball has a grand tradition which dates to our earliest days at the Lyndhurst Campus in the 1920s. The Hawks began playing varsity baseball in the 1960s, and it did not take long to establish a competitive tradition. Dud Humphrey's ('68) season batting average of .527 still stands as a Hawken record today - one of the longest standing records in Hawken Athletics' history.
The Hawks have won three district titles - 1986 (Coach Brandt's team), 1995, and 1996. Hawken Baseball was recently district runner-up in both 2016 and 2017. The program has 13 sectional titles and 5 league titles to its credit. Hawken was one of the first high schools in Northeast Ohio to install an artificial turf baseball field.
The Hawken Girls Cross Country team traveled to Walsh Jesuit to compete in the Pat Ritchie Cross Country Invitational. The girls competed well in the rain and on the muddy double loop course to finish second behind Warren Howland 75 to 78 points.
As Athletic Director Jim Doyle commented after the girls swim team won the State Championship for the 20th consecutive year on Friday, "It was a meet for the ages tonight, one to add to the incredible legacy of Hawken Swimming. It was a meet where our swimmers saw triumph, heartbreak, agony, and exhilaration."