Pitching Instructor

Eric Wordekemper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Tom Oldham Baseball staff as the current pitching coach at Creighton University. An 11-year veteran in the professional ranks, Wordekemper was drafted by the New York Yankees following the 2005 season, pitching at the A, AA & AAA levels for the Bronx Bombers.  Wordekemper pitched at the AAA level for the Yankees in 2006 (Columbus) as well as from 2009-11 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Sidelined by Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2013, Eric returned to Creighton to complete his undergraduate degree (2015) in leadership studies. As Wordekemper worked to return to the professional ranks, Coach Servais saw an opportunity to help a former player as well as his current squad by bringing Eric on as an undergraduate assistant in for the 2014 season.

During his 11 seasons in the professional ranks, Eric amassed a combined 22-13 record, tossing 418.1 innings in 276 appearances (264 out of the bullpen).  Wordekemper retired in 2016 with a combined 2.73 ERA, recording 331 strikeouts and allowing just 140 walks.

In addition to his time in the Yankees organization (2005-11) Wordekemper’s professional career included stops in Venezula (2009), Mexico (2010 & ’12), Taiwan (2012) as well as Independent Leagues on the east coast and Midwest.

During his three seasons as a Bluejay (2003-05), Wordekemper posted a combined 14-8 record over 173.1 innings. His best season came in 2005 as he delivered a flawless 6-0 record in 43.1 innings.  That season Wordekemper started 10 games, allowing just five walks and recording 36 strikeouts.

Eric will be working with our youth pitchers in both private and group training.