RICHMOND, Va. – After leading his squad on a historic postseason run and posting the sixth 40-plus win season in VCU baseball history, Head Coach Shawn Stiffler was honored with the ABCA/Diamond East Region Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Stiffler helped guide the Rams to their first-ever Super Regional, the first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship and 40 wins this past spring.
"This is a credit to our players to sticking together and really buying in at the right time. Their hard work and persistence throughout the spring paid off and I couldn't be more proud to be their coach," Stiffler said.
After its historic season, the Rams earned top-25 rankings in the final polls of the year, ranked highest at #17. It marked the second straight season that VCU had earned a top-25 ranking.
The Black & Gold had four different players sign contracts with MLB organization, including All-American shortstop Vimael Machin, who was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago Cubs.
The ABCA, founded in 1945 is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries.
August 5, 2015 Diamond Rams stay busy during summer break
June 25, 2015 Rams finish ranked #17 in final NCBWA Poll
June 16, 2015 Dwyer signs free agent deal with Chicago Cubs
June 13, 2015 Machin earns ABCA All-American accolades
June 5, 2015 Rams drop hard fought contest to No. 5 Miami
May 12, 2015 VCU Tops Old Dominion In Key Dog Classic, 9-3
May 9, 2015 Rams complete sweep of Fordham on Senior Day
May 8, 2015 Dwyer, Rams silence Fordham, 2-1
April 29, 2015 Offensive explosion leads Rams past Norfolk State, 14-6
April 25, 2015 VCU Loses Game Two of its Series Against Rhode Island, 6-3
April 21, 2015 Rams walk it off in extras, top #20 Maryland, 2-1
April 11, 2015 RAMS POWER PAST GEORGE MASON SATURDAY, 9-1
April 10, 2015 Rams drop game one to George Mason, 7-1
April 8, 2015 Rams Hang 12 Hits on Old Dominion, Beat Monarchs 10-2
March 31, 2015 Rams rally late, but fall to #14 UVA, 5-3
March 25, 2015 RAMS TAKE DOWN LONGWOOD, 8-1
March 24, 2015 Thompson, Rams blow past VMI, 18-0
March 22, 2015 Rams take series with 3-2 win at East Carolina
March 21, 2015 Rams drop 9-3 road decision to ECU
February 12, 2015 Getting to Know: VCU Baseball Senior Matt Lees
August 28, 2014 VCU Baseball Set to Host Open Tryouts on Sept. 24
August 26, 2014 Diamond Rams shine during Summer Ball
August 22, 2014 VCU Baseball Welcomes 17 Newcomers to its Roster
August 21, 2014 VCU Baseball Introduces Changes to Coaching Staff
July 18, 2014 MACHIN, CULLEN EARN ALL-STATE ACCOLADES