Ryan Fecteau is entering his first season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator after being added to the coaching staff in July of 2016.
In Fecteau's first season in College Park, he helped Brian Shaffer earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors and third-team All-America honors. Shaffer notched a 2.66 ERA with 109 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 108.1 IP.
The Terps upped their strikeout total to 498 from 389 in 2016.
Fecteau came to Maryland after a successful six-year stint at Bryant where he helped the Bulldogs win 226 games and achieve three berths in the NCAA Tournament. In 2016, Bryant won 47 contests, the most regular season wins of any team in the country, and earned a No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville Regional, the highest seed in school and Northeast Conference history.
“Ryan has done a fantastic job working with [head coach] Steve Owens at Bryant,” Szefc said. “He has clearly has a lot of success developing and managing the pitching staff. He and Steve have built Bryant into a national level program and he's developed many professional pitchers in his time there. Ryan is a very good fit with our coaching staff, our players and our incoming recruits.”
The Bulldogs have dominated the NEC to the tune of five consecutive regular season titles and three 40-win seasons. Fecteau has led his staff to the best ERA in the NEC four of the past five seasons and top-25 national marks in 2012 (3.05, 17th), 2013 (2.73, 10th), 2014 (2.84, 21st) and 2016 (3.22, 22nd). In 2013, Bryant became the first team in NEC history to post a sub-3.00 team ERA.
Known for their strike throwing ability, Fecteau's groups have led the NEC in WHIP in each of the past five seasons and K/9 in four of the last five seasons.
Fecteau's ability to develop pitchers at Bryant has been top notch, with seven Bulldog hurlers drafted since his arrival, including fourth-round selection Kevin McAvoy in 2014, the highest drafted player in school history.
His most recent success came in the form of right-hander James Karinchak, who followed up a freshman All-American season in 2015 with the best season by a pitcher in Bryant history in 2016. Karinchak earned All-American honors after setting program records in single season wins (12) and strikeouts (112).
Bryant has boasted the NEC Pitcher of the Year in four of the last five seasons and has seen ten pitchers earn 16 all-conference honors over Fecteau's tenure. Five of Fecteau's products have received ABCA All-Region plaudits.
“I want to thank Coach Owens and everybody at Bryant for a great six years. I'm really excited for the opportunity,” Fecteau said. “I think it's a place that's had a lot of success over the past few seasons and there is a really good foundation. I have always dreamt of coaching at this level and I'm thankful for the opportunity that Coach Szefc has provided.”
Fecteau's previous coaching stops include St. Lawrence, USC Upstate and Southern Utah University. As a player, Fecteau starred at Saint Anselm and finished his career as the program leader in wins (20), innings pitched (312.0) and strikeouts (254).
The Gilmanton, New Hampshire native earned his bachelor's degree in business from Saint Anselm in 2005 and a master's degree in education from Saint Lawrence in 2007. Fecteau and his wife, Catherine, have a son, Kellan.