Virginia Tech head baseball coach John Szefc was officially announced as the program’s new leader a week ago, and it has not taken him long to begin putting together his new staff.
On Wednesday afternoon, the program officially announced the hiring of pitching coach Ryan Fecteau, who joins the Hokies from Szefc’s prior school, the University of Maryland.
In addition to his role as the Hokies pitching coach, Fecteau will act as the team’s top assistant under Szefc. With Maryland, Fecteau’s pitching staff had the best ERA in Big Ten play, posting a 3.61 mark in conference action.
Additionally, under Fecteau’s watch, the Terps were 61st nationally in overall ERA at 3.98, and ranked in the top 60 in the country in five other categories, including WHIP, strikeouts per nine innings, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk-ratio, and walks allowed per nine innings.
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In his only season with the University of Maryland, four of Fecteau’s pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and two of his pitchers (Tyler Blohm and Brian Shaffer) received All-American honors.
Fecteau expressed his excitement over coming to Blacksburg in a released statement on HokieSports.com:
"“My family and I are extremely excited to be a part of the Virginia Tech community. I cannot thank Coach Szefc enough for this incredible opportunity and everything he has done for my family. I am looking forward to getting started and building something great in Blacksburg!”–Ryan Fecteau"
Coach Szefc expressed similar excitement over the opportunity to have Fecteau accept a position on the Hokies staff.
"“I’m very fortunate Ryan has decided to come with me to Blacksburg. Coaching and recruiting pitchers is one of the most important parts of building a good college baseball program. Ryan is a pro and he’s had a ton of success…..he’s very hands-on and is a great developer. He’s great with video and his personality will make him a very good fit here in Blacksburg.”–John Szefc"
From all of us here at Fighting Gobbler, we’d like to express a very warm welcome to Ryan Fecteau, and the best of luck on his journey with his new program.