Gregg Ritchie '86 is in his fourth season as head coach of the George Washington baseball team in 2015-16.
Ritchie's third season at the helm of his alma mater saw the Colonials complete their most successful season in nearly two decades. GW finished 32-22 overall record, the eighth-highest win total in program history and the 12th time a team has eclipsed the 30-win plateau. GW went 13-10 in the Atlantic 10 and finished 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 Championship to conclude the season in the conference's final four. It marked the first season with multiple postseason wins since 2006.
The Colonials started the 2015 season with a 7-3 record, the best 10-game start since Ritchie was a freshman in 1984. GW went on to register its first win over a ranked opponent since 2008 in a 12-1 win over then-No. 16 Maryland on April 8 in College Park, Maryland. In addition to the win over the Terrapins, the Colonials posted an 11-3 record against local teams, including the first season sweep over Georgetown (2-0) since 2001. GW also posted wins over Towson (2-0), Mount St. Mary's (2-0), UMBC (1-1), Coppin State (1-0), George Mason (1-2) and UMES (1-0).
Freshman Robbie Metz (Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team) and sophomore Eddie Muhl (Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference) earned All-Conference honors from the Atlantic 10. Muhl was also recognized as an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-East Region Second Team relief pitcher and NBCWA Stopper of of the Year Finalist after leading the NCAA with a program-record 17 saves.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Dave Lorber is in his fourth season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the George Washington baseball program.
Freshmen and sophomores made up 86% of GW's plate appearances in 2015, making the Colonials one of the youngest teams in the nation for the second straight season. Under Lorber's guidance, the Colonials set a program record with a .976 fielding percentage en route to a 32-22 overall record. The 32 wins stands as the eighth-highest win total in program history and the 12th time a GW team has eclipsed the 30-win plateau.
GW posted an 11-3 record against local teams including the first win over a ranked opponent since 2008 (12-1 over then-No. 16 Maryland on April 8) and the first series sweep of Georgetown (2-0) since 2001.
Brendan Monaghan joined the Colonials' coaching staff as an assistant coach in December 2015. Monaghan served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UMass Lowell for the past two seasons. He played a key role in the transition of the River Hawks' program from Division II to Division I. The team won 37 games during Monaghan's tenure, including 20 wins in the program's first two seasons as part of the America East Conference.
Prior to his time at UMass Lowell, Monaghan was a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, St. John's, for three seasons. He helped the Red Storm to 99 wins over three seasons, including the 2012 Big East championship, two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2012.
A 2007 graduate of St. John's, Monaghan helped the Red Storm to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Big East regular-season championships. He was an All-Big East selection as a senior and posted career numbers of 20 doubles, 59 RBIs and a .307 batting average across 125 games.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
George Washington baseball head coach Gregg Ritchie has announced that Tyler McCarthy '13 has joined the Colonials' coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
"The GW baseball program is a family and I am very proud to welcome Tyler back as an integral part of our staff," said Coach Ritchie. "He gained valuable coaching experience over at Catholic under another alum, Ross Natoli, and will be a big addition to our program this season. He brings true grit and gratitude to the table and he serves as a strong example of doing things the right way for our student-athletes. He was an adored and well-respected student-athlete while at GW."
McCarthy appeared in 180 games across four seasons with the Colonials. He batted .279 as a senior and set career highs in runs, hits, RBIs, total bases and stolen bases while helping lead the Colonials to their first Atlantic 10 Championship appearance and first postseason victory since 2006. His 15-game hitting streak as a senior stands tied for the second-longest streak in program history.
Director of Baseball Operations
George Washington alum Ryan Hickey '13 has joined the Colonials' baseball staff as the Director of Baseball Operations in December 2015. He will be responsible for the oversight of the program's student managers, travel and recruiting plans, practice management and alumni relations.
Hickey appeared in 107 games, with 99 starts, across two seasons as GW's primary center fielder. He totaled 10 doubles, two home runs and 33 RBIs and played a key role in the resurgence of GW baseball after helping the Colonials to their first postseason appearance and appearance since 2006 as a senior in 2013.
The Freeport, Illinois, native is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Sport Management at GW. While working towards his graduate degree he has served as the Colonials' Nike Account Manager and as a member of GW's facilities and operations staff.