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Aug. 19, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate head baseball coach Matt Fincher has announced the hiring of Ryan Fecteau, a former pitching coach at Southern Utah and a head coach in the summer collegiate Valley League, as a volunteer assistant coach.
"Ryan has a good baseball background," 12th-year Upstate head coach Matt Fincher said. "He played in one of the top DII programs in the Northeast at Saint Anselm. He has coached not just at the Division I level, but also in some of the most competitive collegiate leagues in the country. He should prove to be an excellent addition to our staff as we continue to develop as a Division I program."
Fecteau comes to USC Upstate from Southern Utah, a member of the Division I Summit League, where he served as the team's pitching coach. He helped the team to a program-record 31 wins and a slot in the Summit League Championship game in 2008.
Before joining the Thunderbirds, Fecteau served as a graduate assistant for two seasons at Division III St. Lawrence University in 2006 and 2007. During his two seasons, he served as the pitching coach with his charges ranking tenth in the nation among Division III schools with a 2.96 ERA in 2007. The Saints also captured a conference tournament championship and made an NCAA regional appearance in 2006.
This summer, Fecteau was the head coach of the Haymarket Senators of the Valley League, a summer collegiate league in Western Virginia. Fecteau spent the summer of 2007 as a pitching coach for the Pittsford Dukes in the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League. He was active in summer league coaching before that, as well, serving as an assistant coach with Team Connecticut, a 15-year old AAU travel team in 2006 and as a pitching coach for Watertown in the New York Collegiate Baseball League in 2005. He helped the Wizrds to the 2005 Eastern Division title and the best winning percentage in the history of the franchise while tutoring the pitching staff to a 2.78 ERA.
As a player, Fecteau graduated from Saint Anselm College after a four-year baseball career. Fecteau led the Hawks to a regular season conference championship and an NCAA regional appearance in 2004 while serving as team captain. He was named first-team all-conference that same year thanks to eight wins and finished his career as the school career-record holder in wins (20), innings pitched (312), strikeouts (254) and complete games (16).
As a senior in 2005, Fecteau tossed the first no-hitter in school history in his last career start, striking out 11 and walking one in a 1-0 win against American International. He went on to finish the season with a 2.49 ERA in 83 innings pitched. He also spent his summers playing with Watertown in the NYCBL, earning league All-Star honors in 2004.
As a prep player at Gilford High School in New Hampshire, Fecteau was named the 2001 Class M State Player of the Year.
Fecteau, a native of Gilford, N.H., earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Saint Anselm College in 2005 and his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from St. Lawrence University in 2007.
Upstate, which finished 25-29 overall and 17-16 in the Atlantic Sun, finished over .500 in conference play for the first time since then-USC Spartanburg went 12-6 in the NAIA District Six in 1990. It finished tied for fifth in the conference and would have qualified for the six-team Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament field, but it is still in the first of its four years in the provisionary process in the transition to Division I, making it ineligible for postseason play.