May 7 - University of Mary Washington coach Wayne Riser will not return for an eighth season, the magazine learned earlier today.
Riser was informed yesterday morning by administration that he would be temporarily assigned new responsibilities at the Fredericksburg school. The Eagles had their season end with an 11-4 loss to Christopher Newport, the No. 3-ranked team in Division III, in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday.
They finished 15-22 overall, their first losing season since 2014.
“While I know this news may be surprising, I assure you that the University is totally committed to the baseball program and to making your student-athlete experience as positive and impactful as possible,” Mary Washington’s interim director of athletics, Patrick Catullo, wrote in an email to current members of the team. “I will be sure to provide updated information as it becomes available.”
Riser, 52, compiled a 147-117-1 record in his seven seasons with the Eagles, leading them to five winning campaigns and appearances in the national poll in 2015-16. Prior to his stint at Mary Washington, he guided Division II Shepherd to a 512-394-2 record and five NCAA Tournament appearances over 22 years.
Photo of Wayne Riser courtesy of Mary Washington Athletics