Rich Witten enters his second season as a member of the VCU coaching staff in 2019-2020. As assistant coach, Witten will handle the offense and infield defense.
Witten played an integral part in the 2019 Atlantic 10 regular season title and coaching shortstop Zac Ching who was selected in the 2019 MLS Draft.
Witten joined the Rams from Winthrop University, where he led the Eagles to 102 total wins over the last three seasons, including a number one seed in the Big South tournament in 2017 and a 40-win season in 2015. He led the Eagles to one of the best offenses in the Big South, leading them from worst in 2014 before his arrival, to the top of the conference after his arrival in 2015 with a team average of .299. Each year under his watch, Winthrop had a Johnny Bench Award nominee, given to the best catcher in college baseball.
Before his arrival at Winthrop, Witten served one year as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Miami in 2014. The Hurricanes won the 2014 ACC Regular Season Championship, were ranked as high as fourth in the country during the season, and hosted a regional. He also served one season as the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Central Florida in 2013.
Witten spent his playing days at Coastal Carolina from 2008 through 2012, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Psychology. He put together a .316 career batting average, notching 50 career doubles that stands seventh on the CCU's all-time list, and 158 RBI that sits sixth all-time. He earned First Team All-Big South honors as a senior in 2012, and made three Big South All-Tournament teams from 2010 through 2012. As a Chanticleer, he played in five regionals and two Super Regionals, putting together 230 career wins. That number ties him for the top spot all-time in program history for most career wins.
Witten is a native of Danville, KY, where he was a five-year letter winner, two-year captain, and a Louisville Slugger All-American at Danville High School.