Ryan Strain
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    Ryan Strain

    Hometown:
    Denver, Colo.

    Position:
    Assistant Coach

    Experience:
    4th Year

    Alma Mater:
    Nevada (2003)


    10/24/2012

    Saluki Baseball has many ties to World Series

    The Giants have multiple Saluki Baseball alumni working at the Major League level.

    09/04/2012

    Baseball adds Volunteer Coach Andy Judkins to Staff

    He will work with the Saluki catchers and assistant the the hitters.

    05/21/2012

    Registration now available for Saluki Baseball Camp

    The camp will run from June 11-14 at Abe Martin Field.

    11/16/2011

    Baseball Signs Five Recruits for 2013 Season

    The recruiting class features a catcher, a catcher/first baseman and three pitchers.

    05/06/2013

    SIU vs. Mo. State

    April 14, 2013

    Ryan Strain enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at SIU after he was hired shortly before the start of the 2011 season. His main responsibilities with the Salukis include coaching hitting and outfield defense while also assisting with all recruiting efforts and the day-to-day operation of the program.

    Playing in spacious Abe Martin Field, the 2013 Salukis tied for second in the Missouri Valley Conference with 24 home runs and finished third in the Valley in hits (552) and total bases (735).

    In 2012 Strain worked with one of the best offensive teams in the conference. The Salukis finished with a team batting average of .294, second highest in the Missouri Valley. That was an improvement from a .270 team average in his first season coaching the Saluki hitters. In addition, SIU lead the conference in slugging percentage (.436), runs scored (378), hits (610), RBIs (342), doubles (125), home runs (50), extra-base hits (185) and total bases (905) in 2012. The team's 125 doubles matched a school record.

    In 2011, his first season at Southern, Strain helped rejuvenate several players at the plate. Outfielder Jordan Sivertsen hit .230 in his first two seasons, but after one year working with Strain, Sivertsen hit .302 and received second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades. Sivertsen led the team with nine home runs and 48 RBIs and ranked in the top 10 in the MVC in sacrifice flies (second), doubles (tied fourth), home runs (tied sixth), RBIs (seventh), slugging percentage (eighth) and walks (ninth). The team also featured six different hitters who had 10 or more doubles on the year. That was the most since the 2006 team featured seven players with two or more doubles.

    In his three seasons at SIU, Saluki hitters have garnered seven All-Conference selections. In 2012, three Saluki hitters were named to the All-MVC first team. That list included Austin Montgomery (utility), Chris Serritella (first base) and Jordan Sivertsen (outfield). Serritella, a fourth round pick by the Phillies, was also named an All-American by five different publications including Baseball America, which selected him for its first team.

    Strain joined SIU after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Colorado. At UNC from 2008-10, Strain was in charge of coaching the UNC hitters and infield defense while also serving as the recruiting and camp coordinators.

    In his time at Northern Colorado, Strain led a club that set 28 new school records. The 2010 season was a big one for UNC, as the Bears finished with a 34-24 overall record and 22-6 mark in the Great West Conference. Along the way UNC set new school records in runs scored (510), hits (740), doubles (142), home runs (80) and RBIs (478).

    Northern Colorado also turned a school record 62 double plays in 2010 under his guidance.

    Strain was instrumental in leading utility player Mark Shannon to freshman All-America honors, as Shannon became UNC's first freshman All-American. Shannon hit .326 on the year and was the Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year.

    Prior to his time at Northern Colorado, Strain spent two years as the graduate manager with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. While with the Huskers, he assisted the coaching staff with on-field duties, including helping with batting practice, while overseeing the undergraduate managers and helping with team video. He also assisted in on-campus recruiting and helped in the day-to-day operations of the program. Strain was also an instructor in the Nebraska Baseball Academy, giving hitting lessons and running camps.

    In the summer of 2006, Strain was an assistant coach for the St. Cloud Riverbats in the Northwoods League. There he served as the hitting and infield coach, helping St. Cloud lead the Northwoods League in hitting during the 2006 campaign.

    Strain began his career playing at North Carolina State before transferring to Nevada. Following his collegiate career, he played two seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization and one year for the Rockford RiverHawks in the independent professional Frontier League.

    Strain was a three-sport standout at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colo., earning All-State honors as a senior in baseball. He led Cherry Creek to three straight state titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was inducted into the Cherry Creek Hall of Fame in 2011.

    He earned his undergraduate degree in secondary education/history from Nevada in 2003 and his master's degree in educational administration from Nebraska in 2007. He and his wife Katie married in 2008. In July of 2011, they welcomed the birth of their daughter Addison, their first child. They currently reside in Makanda, Ill.

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