Director of Baseball Operations
Sixth year at UCF
Derek Wolfe is in his seventh season on the UCF coaching staff and first as the Director of Baseball Operations.
Wolfe has seen 13 position players drafted since arriving at UCF prior to the 2001 season. In the 2006 MLB Draft, the Golden Knights had four position players selected, including UCF's all-time leader in single-season home runs, Dee Brown. Brown was a 10th-round pick of the Washington Nationals after the senior outfielder belted 18 home runs in 2005 for the Golden Knights.
In his second year as hitting coach, the Golden Knights averaged 7.8 runs per game and clubbed 63 home runs. The 63 homers tied for the second-best mark in single-season history at UCF.
Following the 2005 season, Wolfe served as the head coach for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Wolfe guided the Diamond Dawgs to the regular season championship and was named the league's coach of the year.
In Wolfe's first season as UCF's hitting coach in 2004, the Golden Knights hit .304 with 115 doubles, 24 triples, 27 home runs and 369 RBI. Under his guidance, Clay Timpner was named an All-American in 2004 after hitting .371 with six home runs and 43 stolen bases. Timpner was a fourth round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants following the 2004 season.
Timpner and Brown were named to the 2004 A-Sun first team. Brown had a power surge under Wolfe, hitting six home runs. Brown led UCF with a .373 batting average and 68 RBI last season.
Freshman Matt Ray hit .316 with 21 stolen bases en route to A-Sun all-freshman honors while junior shortstop Chandler Rose hit .308 as he was named to the A-Sun second team.
In 2003, Wolfe assisted in the continued development of Timpner and Brown in the outfield. Timpner was second on the team with a .347 batting average and was one of the top defensive outfielders in the nation. Brown drove in 34 runs and totaled eight sacrifice flies for the Knights.
Under Wolfe's leadership, senior Ryan Bear was one of the top players in the conference in right field and first base. Bear hit .390 to pace the Knights attack and was a first team A-Sun member.
In 2002, Wolfe had the opportunity to help guide two outfielders to Freshmen All-America honors. Both Dee Brown and Clay Timpner were named to various Freshmen All-America teams around the nation while Brown was also voted the A-Sun's Freshman of the Year. Timpner also received A-Sun all-freshmen team honors.
As assistant hitting coach, Wolfe helped contribute to UCF's .335 batting average in 2001 that ranked eighth in the nation. In 2002, two UCF players finished in the top two of the conference in batting as David Mann hit .410 while Brown hit .397. Mann also became just the fifth player in school history to reach the magical .400 mark.
Wolfe came to UCF after spending five years as the head coach of Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn., where he left as the winningest coach in the school's history. As the head coach at Hiwassee, Wolfe led the Tigers in breaking several school records including single-season wins (30) and team batting average (.297).
As a player, Wolfe (1989-94) began playing at Florida Junior College before an injury prompted him to transfer to Tennessee Wesleyan. As a first baseman and pitcher, Wolfe played for Mike Policastro, and helped lead Tennessee Wesleyan to three conference championships and a national ranking as high as eighth his senior season.
Wolfe, who is originally from Florida, started his career at Lake Mary High School. Playing for coach Allen Tuttle, he was named as a member to the all-Seminole Athletic Conference first team. He also played little league in Altamonte Springs where he and his teammates earned the privilege to play in the Big League World Series. While at TWC, the Bulldogs won three Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference Championships. Wolfe earned a B.S. in Physical Education during at TWC.
Wolfe moved on to take an assistant job at Hiwassee during the 1995 season, before taking full control in 1996 form former head coach Harold Zonder, who left the job the next season to pursue full-time duties as a scout for the Detroit Tigers.
Wolfe is married to Wendy Wolfe, a former basketball player at Tennessee-Wesleyan College. They have two children, Hayden (7) and Julie (5).