PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s head baseball coach Fritz Hamburg has announced the addition of Ryan Wheeler to the Hawk coaching staff for the 2015 season.

Wheeler spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Temple.  Prior to his stint with the Owls, he spent five years as an assistant in the Atlantic 10 with the University of Richmond.

Wheeler takes the place of Kyle Werman, who spent two seasons on Hawk Hill.

“On behalf of our players and staff, I want to first express our sincere thanks to Kyle Werman for his dedication and commitment to our organization over the last two years,” Hamburg said.  “Kyle was a tremendous asset for our program and he will certainly be missed.  We wish him and his wife, Sam, the very best in their future endeavors.

“As we move forward, I am truly excited to announce the addition of Ryan Wheeler to our staff,” Hamburg continued.  “Ryan’s experience in the game and coaching at the Division I level will certainly help to enhance our program and continue to move it towards winning Atlantic 10 championships and beyond.  His accomplishments over his 18 years of coaching and, most recently, the past three years at Temple speak volumes not only about his coaching ability, but equally importantly, his character. We look forward to welcoming Ryan, his wife Nora, and their children, Jack, Kevin, and Kate, into the Hawk baseball family.”

Wheeler led the Owls to an appearance in the first-ever American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship in 2014 as well as regular season victories over nationally ranked Houston and Louisville.  At Richmond, he helped guide the Spiders to the Atlantic 10 championship game in 2011.

The Harleysville, Pennsylvania, native started his coaching career with a nine-year stint at William & Mary.  He was on the staff in 2001 when the Tribe won its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals.  Under his tutelage, William & Mary ranked 10th in the nation in team average and 14th in runs scored per game in 2004.

Between stops at William & Mary and Richmond, Wheeler spent the 2006 season as an assistant at Penn.

Under Wheeler’s guidance, over a dozen players have heard their names called in the MLB Draft, including former major leaguers Chris Ray (2003) and Bill Bray (2004) and former All-Big 5 slugger Steve Nikorak (2012).

Wheeler’s responsibilities at Saint Joseph’s will include serving as the Hawks’ recruiting coordinator and working with SJU’s infielders as well as base running and bunting instruction.  Wheeler will also serve as the third base coach and assist with the organization of camps and clinics.

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