Riser Baseball Camps
Head Coach - UMW: Owner; RiserbaseballCamps, LLC
Coach Wayne Riser is currently the Head Coach at UMW and is entering his 5th season at the helm in 2017. In four short seasons Coach Riser has brought UMW to new heights. The UMW program has been in the NATIONAL rankings in the past three seasons 2014,2015, and 2016. In 2015, the 27-7 record landed the program in the top 25 nationally, and was the highest winning pecentage at UMW since 1997. In 2016 the UMW program was as high as #12 Nationally. Since arriving at UMW the program has won 60% of its games (.615) and the last two seasons 2015-2016 the program has won 70% (51-22). Jono Haught was named CAC PLAYER of THE YEAR in 2015 and Haught and James Keller (2016) achieved the opportunity to play professional baseball. Coach Riser joined Elite company in April of 2016 when he achieved his 600th career coaching victory. Academic success has also followed the on field success at UMW as 38 players have achieved a 3.0 GPA or above during the last two seasons.
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 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.
Coach Riser has been involved in instructing and administering baseball camps for over two decades. He instructed at the famed Ripken Baseball School, as the lead hitting instructor for several years. He has traveled to speak and instruct at camps nation wide in Anaheim CA, Tampa FL, Kansas City MO, New York, NY, and Honolulu, HI.
Riser and his wife Missy reside in Fredericksburg.