Staff
Head Coach
Fritz Hamburg

Fritz Hamburg is now in his ninth season as the head coach of the Saint Joseph's baseball program after coming to Hawk Hill in August of 2008. Hamburg donned the Crimson and Gray after spending eight years at the United States Military Academy, first as an assistant coach and later as the associate head coach. Since taking over the Hawk baseball program, Hamburg's teams have increased their win total each season, tying the school record for wins in a season in 2012 before breaking it in 2013. 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. In 2013, Hamburg led the Hawks to school record for wins in a season with a 26-26 overall mark, the first time Saint Joseph's posted a .500 or better winning percentage since 1993. Playing one of the tougher schedules in the conference, the Hawks also posted a 12-12 record in Atlantic 10 play, giving SJU four consecutive seasons of double-digit conference victories for the first time in program history. Hamburg's squads have won 11 or more conference games in four straight seasons after having achieved the feat just once before 2010. 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 Hawks won a pair of games in the tournament, signalling their arrival in the Bronx with a 3-0 shutout of third-seeded Rhode Island in their first game before eliminating the Rams two days later. The tournament appearance came on the heels of a 13-10 conference mark, SJU's first winning record in conference play since 1984. 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. In addition, Saint Joseph's opened the new John W. Smithson Field on the Maguire Campus with a 5-1 win over Iona on March 9. The game marked the first varsity baseball contest on the Saint Joseph's campus since 1958. 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. In 2011, the Hawks posted their second consecutive double-digit win total in conference play, which had not been done since SJU won 10 league games in each season from 2001-03. The team also won at least 20 games for the first time in a decade, and its 21 wins were the most against Division I competition since the 1999 season. After the season, Kemp and Holland were selected in the 14th and 16th rounds of the MLB Draft by Cincinnati and Atlanta, respectively. His 2010 Hawk squad set a school record, winning 13 conference games, and entered the final weekend of the season in contention for SJU's first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament berth. The senior-laden squad posted a 13-9 record at Campbell's Field in their first season at their new home park. In his first season at Saint Joseph's, Hamburg's charges improved from last place in the conference to a tie for 11th, the squad's best finish in four years. The 2009 Hawks saw a 12-point jump in the team's batting average as well as marked increases in both slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The team also shattered the previous school record when they were hit by 104 pitches. For his efforts, Hamburg was selected as the Big 5 Baseball Coach of the Year.While at Army, Hamburg was named the 2007 Baseball America/American Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. During his tenure there, he worked with the Black Knight pitching staff, leading them to new heights in the national statistical rankings. From 2004-06, the Army pitchers improved from 12th to eighth to seventh in the country in earned run average.
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Assistant Coach
Matt Allison

Matt Allison returns to the Saint Joseph's coaching staff for a second season in 2014. Before coming to Hawk Hill last year, Allison most recently spent three seasons as the hitting coach at Menlo College in Atherton, California.

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 will serve as the Hawks' hitting coach and will also work with the squad's outfielders. Allison will also coordinate camps and lessons as well as assisting with recruiting.

Assistant Coach
Ryan Wheeler

Saint Joseph’s head baseball coach Fritz Hamburg has announced the addition of Ryan Wheeler to the Hawk coaching staff for the 2015 season.

Wheeler spent the last 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.

"I am truly excited to announce the addition of Ryan to our staff,” Hamburg said. “Ryan’s experience in the game and coaching at the Division I level will certainly help to enhance our program and continue to move it towards winning Atlantic 10 championships and beyond. His accomplishments over his 18 years of coaching and, most recently, the past three years at Temple speak volumes not only about his coaching ability, but equally importantly, his character. We look forward to welcoming Ryan, his wife Nora, and their children, Jack, Kevin, and Kate, into the Hawk baseball family.”
Wheeler 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 started 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 will include serving as the Hawks’ recruiting coordinator and working with SJU’s infielders as well as base running and bunting instruction. Wheeler will also serve as the third base coach and assist with the organization of camps and clinics.

Assistant Coach
Pete O'Hara