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Wayne Riser spent seven seasons at the helm of the University of Mary Washington as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. Riser 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 Shepherd University. 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 of Mary Washington returned to the CAC Conference Championship in 2017. Riser is one of 21 active coaches in Division III to attain 600-plus wins. In his brief time at UMW, Riser has gone 142-117-1, including a 90-58-1 mark in his last four seasons. Wayne also led a nationally ranked Eagles team in both 2015 and 2016, defeating nationally ranked opponents each year.
Before he came to Fredericksburg, Wayne spent some time at Shepherd University, where he served as the head coach for 22 years, winning 512 games and ranking as the all-time winningest coach 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. He also led a 2012 team that won 33 games en route to an NCAA Division II Regional Tournament appearance. Their first baseman at the time, Nathan Minnich, was named the Division II National Player of the Year and was then drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round.
Under Riser’s guidance, the Rams became a force on the national scene as their 39-7 record in 1997 brought with their first ever trip to the NCAA North Atlantic Regionals. Shepherd’s banner year earned Wayne WVIAC Coach of the Year and Mid Atlantic Major League Scouts Association College Coach of the Year honors.
In all, Wayne has 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 the WVIAC Coach of the Year four times.
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. He has also coached 15 players that 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, Wayne recently completed a stint as chair of the NCAA Division II Baseball Committee. Riser graduated from Shepherd in 1989 with Bachelor of Arts Degree in secondary education. He earned his Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction also from Shepard in December of 2007.