|College:||Saint Anselm '05, St. Lawrence '07|
|At Bryant Since:||2010|
Ryan Fecteau will return as a member of Steve Owens's staff for his fourth season with the Bulldogs, serving as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Fecteau helped lead Bryant to an outstanding 2013 campaign in which the Bulldogs posted a 45-18-1 record, won NEC regular-season and postseason titles and earned Bryant's first-ever Division I NCAA tournament victory, 4-1 over No. 15 Arkansas at the Manhattan Regional. The 45 wins set a program and conference record, while Bryant's 27-5 record during the regular season conference play shattered the previous record.
In 2013, Fecteau helped take the Bulldogs' pitching staff to national prominence. The Black and Gold posted a 2.73 team ERA that not only led the Northeast Conference, but was 10th nationally. It was also the lowest team ERA in program history. Bryant also finished 10th in WHIP (1.15), 11th in the country in hits allowed per nine innings (7.26), 21st in strikeouts per nine innings (7.9), 26th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.55) and 56th in walks allowed per nine innings (3.08).
Several individuals thrived under Fecteau's tutelage and two earned the ultimate honor of being drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft in June. Senior's Joe Michaud (33rd round, 1,001st overall by the Oakland A's) and Peter Kelich (38th round, 1,138th overall by the San Diego Padres) were both drafted an excelled in their first professional season. With the Bulldogs, Kelich left no doubt that he is the best pitcher in program history. He became the program's all-time winningest pitcher on April 6 and finished his career with 30 wins. Kelich went 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 89 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 97.2 innings. He allowed just one run on two hits over five innings against Arkansas in Bryant's NCAA Regional opener. Kelich, along with classmate Sal Lisanti and junior Craig Schlitter were named All-NEC. Lisanti was the league's top closer for the second-straight year, going 2-2 with 10 saves and a 1.11 ERA in 32.1 innings. He earned the win over Arkansas with four scoreless innings of relief and finished his career with 20 saves. Schlitter put together a dominant year on the mound, leading the NEC with a 10-4 record. He posted a 2.58 ERA, struck out 80 and walked just 16 batters in 83.2 innings. In addition, Kelich and Lisanti both were named to the ABCA All-Northeast Region Second Team.
In his second season, Fecteau witnessed a terrific pitching staff finish the year with a 3.05 ERA (2.09 against NEC Opponents). Led by Peter Kelich's team high eight wins and 74 strikeouts, the Bulldog picthing staff will look to be even more dominant in the upcoming season. The Bulldogs led the NEC in both ERA (3.05/2.09) and opposing batting average (.248/.222), and finished 17th in the country in ERA.
Two of Fecteau's weekend starters gained two of the NEC's top honors, as Kelich was named the NEC Pitcher of the Year and freshman Kevin McAvoy was named the NEC Rookie of the Year. Kelich was also named to the ABCA Northeast Region Second Team and a College Baseball Insider Honorable Mention All-American. McAvoy earned rookie of the year honors after posting a 5-1 record and 2.94 ERA. Craig Schlitter and Sal Lisanti were also honored, earning Second Team All-NEC honors.
In 2011, he guided a Bulldogs pitching staff that finished the year with a 4.23 ERA, including a 3.85 mark against Northeast Conference opponents.
Fecteau fashioned one of the most decorated pitching staffs in the conference during the 2011 season. Under his tutelage, Mark Andrews, the all-time leader in appearances and saves in program history, finished his career on a high note, earning Second Team All-NEC honors as a relief pitcher.
The Bulldogs starting rotation also thrived in Fecteau's first season in Smithfield. Bryant's starters put together a 3.87 ERA on the season and earned six NEC Pitcher of the Week Awards. A nine-game winner during his freshman year in 2010, Pete Kelich thrived under Fecteau, earning three Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week awards and finished the year with a 6-3 record and 4.04 ERA. That included a pair of complete game shutouts over Mount St. Mary's and Sacred Heart.
Fecteau also saw Andrews win Akadema/NEC Pitcher of the Week honors twice and Sal Lisanti claim the award once. In all, the Bulldogs won six of the 11 honors given out by the conference on the season.
On top of the weekly honors, the Bulldogs also claimed the league's top ERA amongst starting pitchers as John Michael Ryan sported a 2.57 ERA on the season.
Fecteau came to Smithfield after holding the same position for St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. While at St. Lawrence, where Fecteau also worked as a graduate assistant from 2005-2007, Fecteau helped the Saints pitching staff to the tenth best ERA in the nation in 2007.
Prior to St. Lawrence, Fecteau was as Assistant Coach for University of South Carolina Upstate and Southern Utah University. While at Southern Utah, Fecteau helped lead the Thunderbirds to an appearance in the Summit League Championship in 2008. The team also notched a program record 31 wins that season with Fecteau leading the pitching staff.
From 2008-2010, Fecteau was the head coach of the Haymarket Senators in the prestigious Valley Baseball League, located in Virginia. Fecteau led the Senators to a Valley League championship in 2009, and in 2010 he was named Coach of the Year, along with winning the regular-season championship. Former Bulldog pitchers Andrews and Sal Lisanti have both pitched for the Senators in '09 and '10, respectively.
As a player, Fecteau captained the 2004 Saint Anselm Hawks to a NE-10 regular-season championship as well as a NCAA regional. He finished his decorated pitching career as the program leader in wins (20), innings pitched (312) and strikeouts (254). Fecteau tossed the program's first ever no-hitter in his last career start, striking out 11 in a 1-0 win over American International College.
The Gilmanton, New Hampshire native earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Saint Anselm in 2005 and his Master's Degree in Education from Saint Lawrence in 2007.