Rick Ferchen was hired as the eighth coach in Keuka College Baseball history in the summer of 2013. The tenured coach brought with him immense experience in collegiate baseball coaching.
“My philosophy has always been to develop successful student-athletes first, and winning second. I want to show these student-athletes I care about them, not the things they can do for me,” said Ferchen, who listed former Atlanta Braves/New York Yankees/Los Angeles Dodgers’ skipper Joe Torre as the Major League Baseball manager he most admires.
Over 16 years as the head coach at Oneonta (from 1995 through 2011), Ferchen guided the Red Dragons to an overall record of 400-240-4. His teams appeared in 13 SUNYAC (State University of New York Athletic Conference) and 11 ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) tournaments and he was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year twice (2002 and 2006).
Before coming to Oneonta, Ferchen took over a Hobart program that had not had a winning season in ten years. During his eight-year tenure with the Statesmen, Ferchen’s squads compiled a 168-120-5 record, won an Empire Athletic Association conference championship, an ECAC championship and made one NCAA Tournament appearance. Ferchen’s coaching success earned him Empire Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1994.
Before his tenure with Hobart, Ferchen spent six years as the head coach at his alma mater, Division I Valparaiso, and led the program to a 147-137-8 record including four winning seasons and two appearances in the Mid-Continent Conference Championships. Ferchen twice garnered Coach of the Year honors.
A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Ferchen graduated from Valparaiso in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1978 before deciding to continue his education and earning a master’s degree in arts and liberal studies from Valparaiso.
The Ferchen Files