Ryan Wheeler returns to the Hawk dugout this year, his fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on the Saint Joseph's staff.
A well-respected figure around the game, Wheeler was recently recognized by his peers as the top recruiting coordinator in the Atlantic 10 in a survey conducted by D1Baseball.com.
Before coming to Hawk Hill, Wheeler spent the previous 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, who shared the 2014 Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Coach of the Year award with SJU head coach Fritz Hamburg, 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 began 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 include serving as the Hawks’ recruiting coordinator and working with SJU’s infielders as well as base running and bunting instruction. Wheeler also serves as the third base coach and assists with the organization of camps and clinics.