Staff
Head Coach
Fritz Hamburg

Saint Joseph's baseball's all-time leader in coaching victories, Fritz Hamburg is now in his 10th season as the head coach of the Hawks.

Since taking over the Hawk baseball program, Hamburg has guided the team to an increased win total in six of his eight seasons, tying the school record for wins in a season in 2012 before breaking it in both 2013 and 2014. His 2016 squad then went on to become the program's second team to reach the 30-win plateau, while the senior class of 2016 posted the most victories of any four-year class in school history. Hamburg has led the Hawks to six consecutive 20-plus win seasons, the only coach in Saint Joseph's history to achieve that feat.

Hamburg has taken the Hawks to heights never before seen by the Crimson and Gray, as his tenure has included three Liberty Bell Classic championships (2012, 2014, 2016) and three trips to the Atlantic 10 Championship (2012, 2014, 2016). Prior to his arrival on campus, the Hawks had never won the LIberty Bell Classic, nor qualified for the Atlantic 10 postseason.

Over the course of his extensive coaching career, Hamburg has established a reputation as one of the nation's finest tutors of young pitchers and catchers and has brought his track record of success to his first head coaching job, as evidenced by former SJU hurlers Ryan Kemp and A.J. Holland being selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Jimmy Yacabonis followed in their footsteps when he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2013 Draft, while backstop Brian O'Keefe was a seventh-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals and righthander Jordan Carter went in the 22nd round to the Cleveland Indians in 2014.

In 2016, Hamburg led the Hawks to their second 30-win season in program history, and second in three years, as SJU notched 31 wins en route to a third-place finish in the Atlantic 10. Hamburg guided Stafford to multiple Player of the Year awards, All-Region honors, and a Third Team All-America selection. Stafford was joined on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team by John Brue, who became just the fourth Hawk to be named to the league's First Team in consecutive seasons.Tim Brennan was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Co-Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, while Charlie Concannon was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honoree.

The 2014 season may go down as one of the greatest campaigns in the history of Saint Joseph's athletics, as the Hawks shattered the school record with 35 wins en route to a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 and SJU's second A-10 Championship berth in three years. The Hawks broke a number of team and individual records throughout the season and ranked among the NCAA statistical leaders in over a dozen categories. Collin Forgey became SJU's first-ever Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Carter earned the Hawks' first-ever Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year honor, and Hamburg himself became the first SJU head coach to earn the league's Coach of the Year award. The trio also swept the Big 5 awards – Hamburg's third Big 5 Coach of the Year honor in his six seasons on Hawk Hill – and the Hawks were named the organization's Team of the Year for the second time in three seasons. Also for the second time in three years, Saint Joseph's won the Liberty Bell Classic title, topping La Salle at Citizens Bank Park on April 22.

2012 was a banner year for baseball on Hawk Hill as Hamburg's charges became the first Saint Joseph's squad to qualify for the Atlantic 10 Championship. The 2012 Hawks also achieved another first for the program on April 17 when they defeated Penn, 6-3, at Citizens Bank Park to claim SJU's first-ever Liberty Bell Classic title. Pitcher Kyle Mullen became the first Hawk starting pitcher in program history to be named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Year. First baseman Kevin Taylor was an All-Conference First Team selection as well, while the squad was named the Big 5 Team of the Year and Hamburg pulled in Big 5 Coach of the Year honors for the second time in four seasons.

Hamburg came to Hawk Hill after eight years at the United States Military Academy, first as an assistant coach and later as the associate head coach.While at West Point, Hamburg was named the 2007 Baseball America/American Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. During that three-year stretch, Army was the only program in Division I to rank in the top 12 in ERA every season.

A native of Doylestown, Pa., Hamburg began his collegiate playing career at Virginia Tech before transferring to Ithaca. It was there that he earned All-America honors and helped lead the Bombers to a Division III national championship in 1988. The 1989 graduate then spent a year in the Philadelphia Phillies organization before embarking on his coaching career.

Assistant Coach
Matt Allison

Matt Allison is now in his sixth season as Saint Joseph's hitting coach. Before coming to Hawk Hill in 2013, Allison most recently spent three seasons as the hitting coach at Menlo College in Atherton, California.

Last season, the Hawks shattered the program record for home runs in a season, belting 57 longballs, en route to the program's second-ever 30-win season. Allison helped tutor Deon Stafford, Jr., and John Brue to program records as well; Stafford notched a pair of three-home run games and hit a school-record 18 home runs, while Brue became SJU's all-time home run king, graduating with 30 round-trippers in his career.

In 2015, Allison helped guide two players to SJU hitting streak records, as Stefan Kancylarz tied the program record by hitting safely in 20 consecutive games before Brue broke that mark with a 22-game streak of his own. Brue also set a new school record with 13 home runs in a single season en route to First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors.

The Hawk offense set a number of records and ranked among the NCAA leaders in numerous categories in 2014, as Allison helped the Hawks to a school-record 35 wins and a second place finish in the Atlantic 10.

Under Allison's tutelage in 2013, the Hawks saw their team batting average jump by more than 30 points while the offense scored nearly two more runs per game compared to 2012. SJU was among the Atlantic 10 leaders in home runs in Allison's first season as well.

Prior to his tenure at Menlo, Allison was the head coach at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, from 2003 to 2008. In addition, he has served as an assistant coach at the University of California-Berkeley, Georgetown, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, and SUNY-Cortland. Allison also spent time at Cornell while Hawks' head coach Fritz Hamburg was on the staff there as well.

"I've known Matt since we coached together at Cornell back in the early 1990s and since then, his accomplishments with respect to the offensive side of the game are very impressive," Hamburg said upon Allison's arrival. "His connection to the West Coast will enable us to continue to reach out to that area with our recruiting efforts. He has a tremendous level of baseball savvy and I couldn't be happier that he has agreed to join our staff."

Allison is a 1982 graduate of UC-Riverside and has received master's degrees from Syracuse and the New School for Social Research. He serves as the Hawks' hitting coach and also works with the squad's outfielders. Allison also coordinates camps and lessons as well as assisting with recruiting.

Assistant Coach
Ryan Wheeler

Ryan Wheeler returns to the Hawk dugout this year, his fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on the Saint Joseph's staff.

A well-respected figure around the game, Wheeler was recently recognized by his peers as the top recruiting coordinator in the Atlantic 10 in a survey conducted by D1Baseball.com.

Before coming to Hawk Hill, Wheeler spent the previous three seasons as the head coach at Temple. Prior to his stint with the Owls, he spent five years as an assistant in the Atlantic 10 with the University of Richmond.

Wheeler, who shared the 2014 Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Coach of the Year award with SJU head coach Fritz Hamburg, led the Owls to an appearance in the first-ever American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship in 2014 as well as regular season victories over nationally ranked Houston and Louisville. At Richmond, he helped guide the Spiders to the Atlantic 10 championship game in 2011.

The Harleysville, Pennsylvania, native began his coaching career with a nine-year stint at William & Mary. He was on the staff in 2001 when the Tribe won its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals. Under his tutelage, William & Mary ranked 10th in the nation in team average and 14th in runs scored per game in 2004.

Between stops at William & Mary and Richmond, Wheeler spent the 2006 season as an assistant at Penn.

Under Wheeler’s guidance, over a dozen players have heard their names called in the MLB Draft, including former major leaguers Chris Ray (2003) and Bill Bray (2004) and former All-Big 5 slugger Steve Nikorak (2012).

Wheeler’s responsibilities at Saint Joseph’s include serving as the Hawks’ recruiting coordinator and working with SJU’s infielders as well as base running and bunting instruction. Wheeler also serves as the third base coach and assists with the organization of camps and clinics.

Assistant Coach
Pete O'Hara

Pete O'Hara joins the Saint Joseph's baseball coaching staff for the 2018 season. He will serve as a volunteer assistant coach and will work with the squad’s outfielders.

O’Hara enjoyed a standout career on the diamond at Delaware Valley, finishing his career second in program history with 200 hits, 154 runs scored, and 78 stolen bases, while ranking fourth with 32 doubles. After earning a pair of All-Conference honors as an outfielder, the Aggies’ three-year captain spent his senior season at shortstop, earning All-Conference and All-Region accolades there as well.

As a member of the football team, O’Hara helped DelVal to two Middle Atlantic Conference championships and a pair of NCAA Second Round appearances. He was named the Delaware Valley Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014 and was a three-time member of both the fall and spring academic honor rolls in the MAC.

Prior to coming to Hawk Hill, O’Hara spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He began his coaching career at Arcadia in 2015.