Ryan Sawyers comes to UMW for his 13th season of being a
collegiate pitching coach. Over the years Coach Sawyers has
mentored many professional draft picks as well as dozens of
All-Conference players. Sawyers joins back up with Head Coach Wayne
Riser after they spent three seasons together at Shepherd
University including the 2002 season, the best in Shepherd
Over his coaching career, Sawyers has spent time at all three levels of NCAA baseball. During his four seasons at Purdue University he helped assemble and guide the best pitching staffs in Boilermaker history. In 2011, his West Virginia Wesleyan staff posted 28 wins after returning only 2 wins from the previous season and won the southern division for the first time since 1996. His staffs have established themselves in the school record books at all of his collegiate coaching stops.
In 2008, Sawyers was the head coach of the Springfield (IL) Sliders in the Central Illinois Collegiate League (now the Prospect League). The Sliders finished their inaugural season as one of best teams in summer collegiate baseball. Sawyers led the Sliders to the first-half championship, the regular season championship and the CICL Playoff Championship.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan and his master's degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University. He was a member of the 1997 JUCO World Series team at Allegany College of Maryland and the 1999 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Coach Sawyers is married to his wife Jaime. They live in Prince William County with their son Brady and daughter Chelsea.
Sawyers Coaching File:
2000-2003: Shepherd University (WV)
2003-2004: Purdue University
2004-2005: Allegany College of Maryland
2005-2008: Garden City Community Collge (KS)
2008-2011: Purdue University
2011-2012: West Virginia Wesleyan
2012-present: University of Mary Washington