|Previous College:||Saint Anselm '05, St. Lawrence '07|
|At Bryant Since:||2010|
Ryan Fecteau will return as a member of Steve Owens's staff for a sixth season, serving as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Fecteau has helped put the Bulldogs on the national scene with a pair of 40-win seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances.
Fecteau has built Bryant’s pitching staff into one of the best in the Northeast Conference, the Northeast Region and in the country in his five seasons in Smithfield. He has produced 12 All-NEC selections, four ABCA All-Northeast Selections, two All-Americans, three NEC Pitchers of the Year, two NEC Rookies of the Year, one Freshman All-American and six Major League Draft Picks, including fourth-round selection Kevin McAvoy in 2014, the highest drafted player in school history.
Known for their consistency and strike-throwing ability, Fecteau’s pitching staff was the only the mid-major to finish in the top 25 in the country in ERA for three consecutive years from 2012-14. During that span, the Black and Gold also ranked in the top 15 in the country in WHIP, hits allowed per nine innings and shutouts. Over the last three seasons Bryant has posted 28 shutouts, 16 more than any other team in the NEC.
Fecteau’s pitching staffs have dominated the NEC over the past five seasons, helping the Bulldogs win four-straight regular season titles. The Bulldogs have finished in the top three in ERA, BB/9, K/9 and WHIP in each of his first five seasons. In five years, Bryant has led the league in ERA three times, led the league in K/9 twice and has led the league in WHIP in each of the last four seasons. Under Fecteau’s watch, the Black and Gold posted ERAs of 2.73 (10th nationally) and 2.84 (21st nationally) in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In doing so, Bryant became the first team in NEC history to post a sub-3.00 team ERA.
The 2015 season featured another great accomplishment from Fecteau’s staff. For the second time in four seasons, Bryant pitchers took home both the NEC Pitcher of the Year and NEC Rookie of the Year awards. Kyle Wilcox was tabbed the best pitcher in the league and James Karinchak was the league’s top rookie after tying a Bryant program record with six complete games.
In 2014, his pitching staff was at it again, finishing 21st in the country with a 2.84 ERA, 13th in hits allowed per nine innings (7.41), 15th in WHIP (1.17) , 43rd in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.36) and seventh in shutouts with a program-record 12. The pitching staff helped the Bulldogs win their second-straight NEC title, earning a trip to the Baton Rouge Regional. There, the Bulldogs allowed just one earned run over 19 innings.
The Bulldogs featured both First Team All-NEC pitchers in Craig Schlitter and McAvoy, and the NEC Pitcher of the Year (Schlitter). Schlitter became the first pitcher in program history to post back-to-back 10-win seasons, and McAvoy won nine games and struck out a program-record 94 batters. Schlitter went on to earn First Team ABCA All-Northeast Region honors and third team ABCA All-American honors.
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.
The staff included some of the best pitchers in program history. Peter Kelich became the program's all-time winningest pitcher and finished his career with 30 wins. 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, earned the win over Arkansas in the NCAA tournament 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. In addition, Kelich and Lisanti both were named to the ABCA All-Northeast Region Second Team.
In his second season, Fecteau guided a terrific pitching staff that finished the year with a 3.05 ERA (2.09 against NEC Opponents). Led by Kelich's team-high eight wins and 74 strikeouts. 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 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, while Schlitter and Lisanti earned 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. 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.
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, he 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.
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.
Fecteau and his wife, Catherine, reside in Johnston, R.I., and have a son, Kellan.