Wayne Riser
Wayne Riser
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: 540-654-1882
Email: wriser@umw.edu

Head coach Wayne Riser enters his seventh season at the helm at UMW as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. Riser, who gained his 600th career victory on April 16, 2016, has won 127 games in six seasons at UMW after winning more than 500 at Division II Shelpherd College. Riser led the 2013 team to 22 wins and the second seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, and then finishing 27-7 and ranked regionally in 2015. The Eagles returned to the CAC Championship in 2017. He is one of 21 active coaches in Division III to attain 600-plus wins.

Riser came to Fredericksburg from Shepherd University, where he served as head coach for 22 years, winning 512 games and ranking as the all-time winningest coach in any sport in Rams’ history. He was inducted as a 2008 member of the Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame.

In his brief time at UMW, Riser has gone 127-95-1, including a 90-58-1 mark the past four seasons. The Eagles were nationally ranked in both 2015 and 2016, and defeated nationally ranked opponents each year.

In his tenure at Shepherd, Riser guided 15 teams to winning seasons, including three 30-win campaigns in the past seven years. His 2012 team won 33 games en route to an NCAA Division II Regional Tournament appearance. Riser’s first baseman, Nathan Minnich, was named as the Division II National Player of the Year, and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round.

In all, Riser led five teams to NCAA Tournament play, and saw 16 teams win 20 or more games. His teams won numerous WVIAC Northern Division titles, and he was recognized as WVIAC Coach of the Year four times.

Under Riser's guidance, the Rams became a force on the national scene as their 39-7 record in 1997 brought with it the highest NCAA II ranking in school history plus the first-ever trip to the NCAA North Atlantic Regionals. Shepherd's banner year earned Riser WVIAC Coach of the Year and Mid Atlantic Major League Scouts Association College Coach of the Year honors.

In his 22 seasons at Shepherd, Riser coached 45 First Team All-WVIAC and 32 All-Region selections. He has also coached nine All-Americans, six Regional Players of the Year, three Academic All-Americans, a Regional Pitcher of the Year and a Tino Martinez Player of the Year winner. Numerous players have gone on to play professionally.

After serving as a member of the NCAA Division II Baseball Committee and chair of the North Atlantic Regional Committee for two years, Riser recently completed a stint as chair of the NCAA Division II Baseball Committee. Riser graduated from Shepherd in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education. He earned his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Shepherd in December 2007.

Riser and his wife Missy reside in Fredericksburg.

Coach Riser Year by Year

1991 Shepherd 11-19  
1992 Shepherd 6-25  
1993 Shepherd 10-15-1  
1994 Shepherd 22-14 WVIAC Division Title
1995 Shepherd 20-18  
1996 Shepherd 23-13  
1997 Shepherd 39-7 NCAA Regionals,  WVIAC Division Title 
1998 Shepherd 23-15 WVIAC Division Title 
1999 Shepherd 24-19 WVIAC Division Title 
2000 Shepherd 19-22  
2001 Shepherd 25-19 WVIAC Division Title 
2002 Shepherd 37-12-1 NCAA Regionals, WVIAC Division Title 
2003 Shepherd 25-18 WVIAC Division Title 
2004 Shepherd 24-17 WVIAC Champions
2005 Shepherd 19-20 WVIAC Division Title 
2006 Shepherd 34-18 NCAA Regionals, WVIAC Division Title 
2007 Shepherd 18-25  
2008 Shepherd 29-21  
2009 Shepherd 33-18 NCAA Regionals, WVIAC Champions 
2010 Shepherd 21-18  
2011 Shepherd 15-22  
2012 Shepherd 33-19 NCAA Regionals, WVIAC Champions 
2013 UMW 22-18  
2014 UMW 15-19  
2015 UMW 27-7 ranked as high as #20
2016 UMW 24-15 ranked as high as #12
2017 UMW 20-19 CAC Tournament Finalist
2018 UMW 19-17-1