Ritsche & Steiner Will Return to Coach Copperheads in 2019
Keith Ritsche will return to the Asheboro Copperheads in 2019 for his 5th season at the helm of the team.
Ritsche has led the Copperheads to the Coastal Plain League’s Petit Cup Playoffs twice. The team won the second half in the CPL west division in 2015 and also had the best overall record in the west. In 2016, the snakes won the west division in the first half on their way to another playoff appearance.
“We are thrilled to be able to reatain Keith as our head coach,” said Copperheads General Manager Max Kaufmann. “Keith will bring stability and experience to our program, and he has really been focused on helping us sign players and build the best possible team to return to the CPL playoffs in 2019.”
Ritsche, a 33-year old native of Superior, WI, coached at Winston Salem State University from 2011 until relocating after the 2017 season. He was the pitching coach under his older brother Kevin, who remains as head coach of the Rams. While not currently coaching at a school, Keith certainly retains plenty of knowledge and experience in the game of baseball.
Ritsche was a four-time all-conference pitcher at the College of St. Scholastica, an NCAA Division III institution in Duluth, MN. He was named the 2006 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a pitcher and first baseman. He played one season of professional baseball in the independent Frontier League before earning his Master’s degree in occupational therapy from CSS. After moving to the Atlanta area earlier this year, Ritsche works for Marietta City Schools as an occupational therapist.
Also returning from last season with be assistant coach Landon Steiner, who will now be moving into the lead assistant role. Landon played under Keith at WSSU before joining his staff with the Copperheads last summer. He hails from Lexington, KY and currently works at a baseball facility in Wilmington, NC.
For additional information on the Copperheads, visit the team’s Facebook page. The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Set to begin its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 109 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.