St. Scholastica announced Monday that alumnus and former Superior Spartan Kevin Ritsche will take over as head baseball coach.
Ritsche comes from Winston-Salem State University (N.C.), where he was the head coach from 2010 up until the end of the last season, when baseball was dropped for financial reasons.
Ritsche, who had also been a professor at Winston-Salem State since 2005, was hired in 2010 to resurrect the baseball program after a 37-year hiatus. He did so quickly, recording 319 wins in nine seasons, including at least 30 wins all nine years.
Ritsche's teams won six conference championships and made six NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. In 2017, the team was runner-up in the NCAA Atlantic Regional. He was a five-time Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year.
Ritsche takes over for Corey Kemp, who announced his resignation at the end of the 2019 season to return to teaching. Ritsche and Kemp were teammates during the 2001 season.
"I want to thank Steve Lyons and the entire St. Scholastica search committee for their diligence through this transition to find the next head baseball coach of such a storied program," Ritsche said in a news release. "Baseball means so much to the CSS community and its alumni and I'm honored to be able to re-unite and lead them on so many different levels. CSS provides an unbeatable education, a classy environment surrounded with good people and the best small college baseball job in America.
"I'm not only excited to push the CSS baseball program to new heights, but to also work with top-notch coaches and administrators, student-athletes and the wonderful faculty and staff of CSS."
Ritche, who graduated from Superior High School in 2000, was a catcher and team captain under John Baggs from 2001-04. In 2004, Ritsche was named an NAIA honorable mention All-American and first-team All-UMAC.
"We are excited to have Kevin lead our baseball program going forward," Lyons, the school's Vice President for Student Affairs, said in a statement. "With Kevin's past experience and subsequent success over the last nine years we are eager to see him continue our strong baseball tradition and culture here at St. Scholastica."