A George Washington alum ('86) and GW Athletic Hall of Fame member ('99), Gregg Ritchie was named the head coach of the George Washington baseball program on October 9, 2012.
Ritchie returns to Washington from Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates where he served as the team's hitting coach.
Named the Pirates' hitting coach on November 24, 2010, the 2012 season marked Ritchie's seventh with the Pittsburgh organization, having also served as the minor league hitting coordinator for five years. Ritchie has been instrumental in the development of the Pirates' homegrown two-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen, who in 2012 led the NL in hits (194), finished second in runs scored (107) and batting average (.327), placed third in on-base percentage (.400) and slugging percentage (.553), and also finished in the NL's Top 15 in home runs (31, t8th), walks (70, 8th), RBIs (96, 11th) and triples (6, 15th). As a team, Coach Ritchie's hitters ranked fourth in the National League in home runs this season, as McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez (30 HR), Garrett Jones (27 HR) and Neil Walker (14 HR) all enjoyed career-best years under Ritchie's tutelage.
Associate Head Coach
Tom Sheridan, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA baseball, was named the Associate Head Baseball Coach of George Washington University on August 10.
Sheridan has spent the past 25 years at the University of Mary Washington, building the Division III program from scratch and turning it into a national power. Throughout his time at UMW, Sheridan has compiled a 579-275-4 record while leading the Eagles to 11 NCAA Division III Tournaments. Additionally, he is one of just a handful of coaches in the history of Division III baseball to earn 500 career victories. Sheridan also served as Assistant Athletic Director at UMW.
He led the Eagles to two Blue/Grey Conference titles in addition to eight Capital Athletic Conference championships while being named the CAC Coach of the Year on nine occasions. His teams have reached the 25-win plateau 15 times, including back-to-back 30-win seasons in 2003 and 2004. The Virginia State College Division Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1998, Sheridan began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Scranton in 1979. After two seasons, he moved to James Madison University and helped guide the Dukes to an appearance in the 1983 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Dave Lorber was named Assistant Baseball Coach at George Washington University in September 2012.
Lorber joins the Colonials after spending the 2012 season at Stony Brook University, where the Seawolves made an improbable run to the College World Series after winning a school-record 52 games.
Lorber primarily worked with outfielders, base runners and hitters for the Seawolves, including 2012 ABCA National Player of the Year and Major League Baseball first-round draft pick Travis Jankowski. Stony Brook also had six other players selected in the MLB draft and had three position players garner All-American honors. Lorber also served as the oncampus recruiting manager and handled day-to-day baseball operations.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Stephanos Stroop joined the GW Baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach on September 21.
Stroop is currently working with the Washington Nationals as a Baseball Operations Advance Scouting trainee. His primary responsibilities were scouting summer college wood bat leagues, charting Nationals' minor leaguers and their opponents and working with BATS video software.
A four-year letterwinner and 2010 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Stroop was a pitcher, outfielder and first basemen for the Mudd-Scripps. He also served as captain during his senior year and was the recipient of the William B. Arce Sprit and Leadership Award and the Most Improved Award.
Director of Baseball Operations
LaDale Hayes was named the Director of Baseball Operations for the George Washington University baseball team in December 2012.
His primary responsibilities will include oversight of the team's student managers, team budget, practice management, travel and recruiting plans, staff activities, coordination of video services and assisting with camps, clinics and community initiatives.
Hayes played collegiately at Alabama A&M where he was a four-year starter in the outfield. The Stafford, Va., native hit .323 for his career with 34 doubles, 14 triples, 10 home runs, 91 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. A two-time First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection, Hayes led the NCAA in triples as a sophomore with nine. He was also a hard-throwing right-handed reliever at Alabama A&M.