Jim Hendry 1980-1982 – Head Baseball Coach
When Jim arrived here in 1977, it was his plan to use Columbus to fill the time gap between his college graduation and the day he would begin his career as a sportscaster.
Television is still waiting for Jim Hendry. He fell in love with teaching and coaching and like so many before him, Columbus High changed his priorities and sent his life in a new direction. He was an immediate hit in the classroom, where his humor and friendly sarcasm entertained Phase 2 English students long enough to teach them some grammar and literature.
In three seasons as head coach, Jim Hendry’s teams went 80-16 and along the way they won a district and GMAC championship. His last year as head coach, the Explorers were 29-5. Twenty of his players went on to play college baseball and four played professionally, including major leaguers Orestes Destrade and Robert Murphy.
Jim left Columbus after five short years to accept a coaching position at Creighton University. Less than two years later, he became the youngest Division 1 coach in the country when Creighton named him to take over its program. In 7 years at Creighton, Jim won 291 games. His teams qualified for two NCAA regionals and his 1991 team advanced to the College World Series – a feat that netted Jim College Coach of the Year honors. At Creighton, Jim produced seven players that went on to play in the Major Leagues. Overall, 26 played professionally. He coached five first-team All-Americans, one Player of the Year, and had a player drafted in the first round of the Major League draft four consecutive years. Three of his former players became college head coaches.
Jim left Creighton after the 1991 season to join the Florida Marlins as an assistant to their General Manager. He later went to the Chicago Cubs as the team’s Minor League Director and Scouting Director. After two years as the team’s assistant general manager, Jim was named the Vice President and General manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2003. It is a position he holds today.
Jim has two children.