|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 his fifth season with the Bulldogs, serving as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Fecteau has helped put the Bulldogs on the national scene with back-to-back 40-win seasons and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Under Fecteau's guidance, the Bulldogs are the only mid-major team in the country to rank in the top-25 nationally in ERA each of the last three seasons.
Several pitchers have thrived under Fecteau's tutelage over the past four years. Fecteau has coached 10 All-NEC selections, four ABCA All-Northeast Selections, two All-Americans, two NEC Pitchers of the Year, one NEC Rookie of the Year and five Major League Draft Picks. In 2013, 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 and excelled in their first professional season. In 2014, Kevin McAvoy (4th round, 134th overall by the Boston Red Sox) and Craig Schlitter (27th round, 803rd overall by the Colorado Rockies) were both drafted, while Vaughn Hayward signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fecteau has done wonders with the Bryant pitching staff during his first four seasons in Smithfield, molding it into one of the most dominant at the mid-major level. 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 Kevin 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.
That season, the Bulldogs featured one of the best pitching staffs in the country. 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).
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. He went 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 89 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 97.2 innings. Kelich 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 guided a terrific pitching staff that finished 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 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. 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. 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, 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. 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.
Fecteau currently resides with his wife Catherine.