Beloit, WI – Ryan Kaveney, who finished up an outstanding four-year playing career during the 2016 season, has joined the Beloit College Baseball coaching staff for the upcoming 2017 season. Head coach Dave DeGeorge announced that Kaveney will work with the infielders as well as the pitchers.
"I am extremely pleased to have Ryan join our staff,” said De George. “He is a very talented young man and has all the skills to be a terrific coach."
A three-time All-MWC honoree and two-time ABCA All-Central Region pick, Kaveney finished his career 17-15 with a 2.87 ERA, striking out 290 while walking just 77 in 40 appearances. He also hit .275 in 120 career at bats with a .749 OPS as a first baseman/designated hitter.
In his career Kaveney ranks first in strikeouts in the Buccaneer Record Book, second in ERA, tied for third in victories and fifth in appearances. He also recorded 13 career complete games, including seven in 2016.
Even with those kind of career numbers, Kaveney saved his best performance for the biggest stage. At the Midwest Conference Tournament in De Pere last May, where the Bucs won their second MWC Championship, he posted two mound wins and his only career save. He also won a game against host St. Norbert with a walk-off single in the 11th inning to move the Buccaneers to the Championship Game.
"Ryan is one of the best athletic performers in the history of Beloit College Athletics,” continued De George. “He had the unique ability to be at his very best in the biggest games and at the most critical times. He now has the opportunity to help other athletes perform their best in the big moments."
Beloit finished the 2016 season with a 27-14 overall record, tied for the second-most victories in a season in the program's long history, winning the MWC Championship while sharing the MWC North Division title.