Wayne Riser is entering his 16th season as the head coach of the Rams. Riser has posted a 327-236-2 (.580) record over his 15-year career. Shepherd's all-time winningest baseball coach, Riser and former Ram men's basketball coach Bob Starkey (360-203) are the only coaches in school history to record 300 career wins or more.
Riser's 2005 squad recorded 19 wins en route to Shepherd's eighth WVIAC Northern Divisonal title over his career.
Riser's 2004 squad won 14 of its last 18 games, including its last seven games en route to posting a 24-17 mark and gaining WVIAC title honors for the first time during his tenure.
The 2003 team recorded a 25-18 mark and gained WVIAC Northern Division title honors for the seventh time under Riser.
Riser's 2002 squad set numerous team marks with a 37-12-1 record. Shepherd earned WVIAC Northern Division title honors and advanced to the NCAA II North Atlantic Regionals for the second time in his tenure. Shepherd's stellar season earned Riser WVIAC Coach of the Year honors.
The 2001 team posted a 25-19 mark and captured the WVIAC Northern Division title. The Rams also finished the year as WVIAC Tournament Runner-up.
The Rams finished the 1999 season with a 24-19 record, marking the sixth consecutive year of 20 wins or more under Riser.
Under Riser's guidance, the Rams have become 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 North Atlantic Regionals. Shepherd's banner year earned Riser was tabbed WVIAC Coach of the Year and Mid Atlantic Major League Scouts Association College Coach of the Year honors.
Shepherd was listed among the elite of Collegiate Baseball's NCAA II rankings for the last seven weeks of the season as the Rams set a school record with 39 victories on the year.
The 1994 season brought with it a 22-14 record and the WVIAC Northern Division title, the first championship of any kind for the Shepherd baseball program since 1984. Riser received WVIAC Coach of the Year honors in 1994.
The Rams continued their resurgence in 1995, posting a 20-18 record and advancing to the WVIAC Playoffs for the second straight year.
The 1996 season marked the first time in school history the Rams had posted three consecutive 20-win seasons, while the WVIAC Playoff berth was also their third straight. This was also a program first.
In 1997 the Rams saw the hard work and determination pay off. Under Riser's leadership, the Rams ended the season with the best winning percentage in Division II baseball after going several weeks with the best winning percentage in Divisions I, II, and III.
The Rams rebounded from a 7-12 start in 1998, winning 16 of their last 17 regular season games to win the WVIAC Northern Division title for the second straight year.
Since 1994 the Rams have recorded a 300-194 (.607) mark, including a 166-74 (.692) record in conference play.
In his 16 seasons at Shepherd, Riser has coached 28 First Team All-WVIAC and 22 All-North Atlantic Region selections. He has also coached three All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, two Regional Players of the Year and a Regional Pitcher of the Year. Numerous players have gone on to play professionally.
Riser, who also serves as facilities coordinator for the Butcher Athletic Center, served for two years as an assistant coach for the Rams after playing two seasons in the Blue and Gold. A reserve outfielder and part-time pitcher, Riser posted a 2-0 record on the mound for the Rams after transferring from Henderson State University (AR).
Riser has personally upgraded the baseball facilities at Shepherd to the point where Fairfax Field is now the premier playing facility in the WVIAC. The field sparkles with an electronic scoreboard, dugouts, a press box, and other modalities that clearly set it apart from the other baseball-playing facilities in the conference. Recent additions include a new bullpen area and storage facility.
Riser was president of the WVIAC Coaches Association from 1994-97.
Riser was named as a member of the NCAA Division II Baseball Committee in 2005. One of eight members on the national committee, Riser is chair of the North Atlantic Regional Committee.
Riser is in charge of a four-person committee that will responsible for the evaluation of the regional teams throughout the season, the evaluation of potential regional sites, and the recommendation of umpires and teams for the championship.
As coordinator of the Butcher Center, Riser is responsible for marketing, managing, and supervising the University's main athletic and recreation facility and the handling of its day-to-day operations.
Riser graduated from Shepherd in 1989 with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in education at Shepherd University. He and his wife, Anne, reside in Martinsburg with their daughter, Jordan, and son, Mason.
Entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Rams is Kris Kann.
Kann serves as pitching coach and as first base coach. He is also in charge of field maintenance and coordinates all the team's travel arrangements.
Under Kann's tutelage the Ram pitching staff finished second in the WVIAC with a 4.52 team earned run average in 2004. In addition, Ram starter Scott Koscielniak earned First Team All-WVIAC and Second Team North Atlantic All-Region honors with an 8-2 overall mark, while reliever Charlie Drumnond finished the season tied for 12th nationally in saves with eight in 10 appearances.
Kann came to Shepherd from Mansfield University where he served as pitching coach in 2002 and 2003.
Kann, a 2002 graduate of Mansfield, was a three-year letterwinner as a pitcher for the Mountaineers from 1997-99. He earned All-PSAC honors in 1999 and was drafted in the 11th round by the Houston Astros.