A former standout player and volunteer assistant at the College of Charleston, Dan Wondrack was recently hired as an assistant coach for the University of Mount Olive baseball program on Thursday afternoon.
Wondrack was a three-year starter at catcher at the College of Charleston from 2015-19 and spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant for the Cougars.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Coach Watt’s staff here at the University of Mount Olive, as well as the Trojan Family,” said Wondrack. “The tradition of success that has been built here speaks for itself. I look forward to helping bring more championships to UMO!”
A New Jersey native, Wondrack earned All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) two times with the Cougars and was selected an ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region Second-Team honoree his senior year. In 2018, he paced the team with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs and 33 walks while appearing in all 55 games with 54 starts. As a senior, Wondrack led the conference in home runs (15), slugging percentage (.593) and runners caught stealing (25) in 55 starts. He served as a captain and helped anchor the program to back-to-back 36-win campaigns under one of the most recognized names in NCAA baseball head coach Chad Holbrook. Wondrack ranks sixth all-time in school history with 35 career home runs and among the program’s all-time leaders with a .992 fielding percentage.
“We are fired up to have Dan on staff, he came very highly recommended and will be a valuable piece to our program. He brings a ton of energy and instantly displayed an incredible work ethic the second he took the job,” said head baseball coach Rob Watt. “Not only will he be in charge of the catchers, but he will assist with the outfielders and hitters as well. Dan will head up the recruiting for us as well, that is a huge responsibility that I believe he will do a great job with. I know he is just as excited as we are for the fall to start, so we can get to work with the team.”
Wondrack started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College working directly with hitting and catching, while serving as a first base and strength coach in 2019. The following year, he served a short stint as a volunteer assistant with UNC Asheville before returning to his alma mater, the College of Charleston, in 2021 as a volunteer assistant coach.
In his return to the Cougars, Wondrack worked as the catching and camp coordinator, while managing all field maintenance and operations. He aided in the development of All-CAA catcher JT Marr, who was a semifinalist of the prestigious Buster Posey National Catcher of the Year Award. Marr led the team in batting average (.310), hits (66), triples (4), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.465) while ranking second in RBI (40).
Wondrack completed his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Charleston in 2019.