Former Alcorn State Pitcher Ryan Fuentes Returns To Alma Mater As Assistant Baseball Coach

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LORMAN, Miss. – Ryan Fuentes spent a lot of time on the mound during his playing days at Willie E. “Rat” McGowan Stadium, and now will make his second stint with the Alcorn State University baseball program and first as assistant coach, announced by head coach Bretton Richardson.

Fuentes, a four-year letterwinner at Alcorn, was the workhorse pitcher for the Braves in 2014. He tossed 100.0 innings and sported a team-best 3.69 ERA with a 5-4 record. Fuentes threw six complete games that season which ranked fourth in the nation.

Fuentes carried a 4.79 career ERA over his four years.

“I am very proud and excited to be back at my alma mater. Some of my greatest memories and accomplishments in baseball happened here at Alcorn. I’m striving to help bring the program back to a championship standard like it was in my playing days,” Fuentes said.

Fuentes was a part of Alcorn’s only postseason championship as he registered three wins and a save in 2011. The Braves went on to win the SWAC Championships that season and make their only NCAA Regionals appearance in school history.

“Ryan will be a great addition to our staff, especially since he is an alumnus and member of the 2011 championship team. He knows exactly the type of effort and approach that we need to get back to championship form,” Richardson said. “We’re very happy to have him back in our dugout and working with our student-athletes.”

Fuentes returns to The Reservation after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant coach at Grambling State. He helped coach the Tigers to the SWAC West Division title in 2017 with a 15-9 conference record. Fuentes and GSU posted another winning season last year with a 14-10 league mark.

Fuentes was on staff when GSU head coach James Cooper won SWAC Coach of the Year in 2017.

A native of Euless, Texas, Fuentes graduated from Alcorn in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his Master’s degree in sports administration from GSU.

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