RICHMOND, Va. – New Year, New Challenges!
That is what is awaiting Shawn Stiffler of the Baseball program, as he was promoted to the position of Associate Head Baseball Coach, a move announced by Head Coach Paul Keyes on Tuesday afternoon.
"Over the last five years, Shawn has proven to be an invaluable member of our coaching staff who serves as a terrific resource for our student-athletes," commented Keyes. "His work ethic and attention to detail allow us to continue the rich baseball tradition we have here at VCU."
Stiffler arrived prior to the 2007 season and made an immediate impact with the Rams posting 37 wins and claiming the 2007 CAA title. That was just the first CAA title during his tenure as the Somerset, Pa. native also hoisted the CAA Championship trophy in 2010 when the Rams swept through the conference tournament en route 34 victories and their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 11 years.
Over the last five seasons, Stiffler has served as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During that span the Black & Gold have posted over 125 victories.
Since his arrival in Richmond, six Rams hurlers have inked professional contracts. Pisker joined Mick Mattaliano (Baltimore Orioles), John Leonard (Kansas City Royals), Cody Eppley (Texas Rangers), Joe Van Meter (Texas Rangers) and Robbie Andrews (Arizona Diamondbacks).
His success started way before his arrival at VCU, spending five years as an assistant at his alma mater, George Mason. While with the Patriots, he saw the team ERA get lower each season and in 2005 oversaw the third-lowest ERA in school history at 4.03.
Stiffler earned a B.A. degree in communications from George Mason in December, 2001, after a four-year career as a pitcher for the Patriots. He is a 1997 graduate of Somerset High School, where he earned honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 53rd round. He was also an outstanding basketball player at Somerset.
He currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Jen, and son, Wade.