NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry College director of athletics Andy Carter announced today the hiring of Bob Rikeman as the Indians’ new head baseball coach. Rikeman comes to Newberry after 11 seasons at Rollins College, where he turned the Tars into a national baseball power.
Rikeman elevated Rollins baseball to national prominence as the team advanced to the NCAA South Region Tournament three out of the past four years, including a trip to the 2004 College World Series. Under his leadership, the Tars posted a record of 349-250 (.582 winning percentage) in 11 seasons, and finished the year under .500 just three times. Rikeman was named the Sunshine State Conference and South Region Coach of the Year in 2004 while leading Rollins to its first SSC Championship and a #4 ranking in the final national poll.
“We are so excited to hire a coach of Bob’s quality,” Carter said. “He will fit into our team of coaches very well. In a short time, we will be able to get our program to the top of the conference, competing with the best teams in our region. We feel very fortunate to be able to add Bob to the staff.”
“My family and I are extremely excited about this opportunity,” Rikeman said. “The energy and excitement of the people in the athletic department made it an easy decision for us. I’m ready for the challenge and I’m confident we can make Newberry a top program regionally and nationally.”
Rikeman owns an overall record of 374-260 from his time at Rollins plus a season at Framington State College (Mass.). In between those coaching stints, he worked as the Northeast Region scout for the Chicago White Sox, analyzing potential draft picks and directing Sox tryout camps.
Prior to his season at Framington State, he was the pitching coach at the University of Massachusetts. He also served as a pitching coach for two seasons in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Rikeman is renowned for his knowledge of the game, serving either as director or on the staff of multiple baseball camps in Florida. He serves as a consultant to the Saudi Arabian American Little League and has coached two junior national teams.
As an undergraduate, Rikeman was a four-year catcher at Brandeis (Mass.) University, helping his squad to two appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1988, and received his master’s degree in sports management from UMass in 1990.
Rikeman comes to Newberry with his wife, Stacy, and two children. He is originally from Andover, Mass.
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