Gregg Ritchie '86 is in his fifth season as head coach of the George Washington baseball team in 2016-17.
In his fourth season as GW's skipper, Ritchie led the Colonials to their fourth straight season with at least 20 wins and the program's first consecutive trips to the postseason since 2005-06. Juniors Joey Bartosic and Bobby Campbell were each named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, the first time GW has multiple First Team picks since 2010. GW also picked up its second straight win over local rival Maryland with a 19-10 thumping in College Park on March 9.
2016 also saw a student-athlete taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft for the second year in a row when junior shortstop Kevin Mahala was selected in the 16th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Dave Lorber is in his fifth season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the George Washington baseball program.
Lorber played a key role in GW's fourth consecutive season of at least 20 victories in 2016. The Colonials' defense, under Lorber's direction, once again led the Atlantic 10 with a league-best .974 fielding percentage. GW also had a pair of Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selections in Bobby Campbell and Joey Bartosic and had a player drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft (Kevin Mahala, 16th round, Pirates) for the second straight season.
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.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
George Washington baseball head coach Gregg Ritchie has announced the addition of Rick Oliveri to his staff as assistant coach and pitching coach in September 2016.
Oliveri comes to GW following a successful five-year stint at Monmouth University.
"We are excited to welcome Rick to the GW Baseball Family," said Head Coach Gregg Ritchie. "His track record of experience and success is going to play a big role in the development and maturation of our pitching staff this season. He will also be counted on in the recruiting process to identify future Colonials who will help the continued climb of GW Baseball on a regional and national level. His care for people and his passion are two exceptional strengths of his that will impart major impact on the staff."
As the pitching coach at Monmouth, Oliveri played a key role in the development of the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Pitcher of the Year Ricky Dennis. Dennis led the MAAC with eight wins and posted a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts, with four complete games, two shutouts and a 56:21 strikeout to walk ratio in 78.2 innings.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tyler McCarthy '13 is in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the George Washington baseball team.
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.
The Jupiter, Florida, native has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Catholic University. The Cardinals, coached by GW alum Ross Natoli '81, won the 2015 Landmark Conference championship and competed in the NCAA Division III Baseball Mid-Atlantic Regional. CUA turned in consecutive 20-win seasons during McCarthy's tenure.
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.