Keith Ritsche, Head Coach
Keith Ritsche, a 32-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 years 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.
Ritsche, who was Copperheads head coach for three summers from 2014-16, led the Copperheads to the Coastal Plain League’s Petit Cup Playoffs in two of his 3 seasons at the helm, narrowly missing them in his first year when he was hired only 3 weeks before the season. 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. Ritsche returns after taking a year off to focus on relocating to the Atlanta area.
Corey Kubbs, Assistant Coach
Corey Kubbs joins the Copperheads as lead assistant/pitching coach for 2018. He is currently in his second year as the pitching coach at Montreat College, an NAIA school near Asheville, NC.
Before coming to Montreat College, Corey was the assistant pitching coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The Eagles were very successful compiling a record of 92-35 over his two years at OKWU. Pitcher Zach Johnson was KCAC Pitcher of the Year, Carlos Aldana and Tyler Shumpert collected KCAC 1st Team honors. Shumpert went on to be named Honorable Mention All American.
For the summer of 2016 and 2017, Corey was an Assistant Coach for the Xenia Scouts of The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. In 2017 the Scouts pitching staff had two pitchers selected to the GLSCL All-Star Game. One was named to the GLSCL 1st team and a summer ball All American. In the summer of 2016, Xenia captured the first ever South Division Championship and would go on to set organization records for most wins in a season.
Corey hails from Waldo, Ohio and is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he Majored in Mathematics and Minored in Education and Sport Management. During his career at MVNU (2011 to 2015) the Cougars won 3 Regular Season Conference Championships, 2 Conference Tournament Championships, and made 5 appearances in the NAIA Regional Tournament. The Cougars complied a record of 179–84 during his time at MVNU. In the summer of 2017 Corey earned his Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Landon Steiner, Assistant Coach
Landon Steiner joins the Asheboro Copperheads for his first season as a First base/Hitting coach. The 24 year old native of Lexington, Ky spent the past year as an Assistant coach at Westchester Country Day School. He is a graduate of Winston Salem State University in Sports Management.Prior to Winston Salem State, Steiner attended Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina.
Steiner was a first team all-conference first baseman at Southeastern CC. While missing five weeks of the season with an injury, he came back and still finished with a team high best in AVG of .368 and homeruns with 6. Then continuing his collegiate career at WSSU, Steiner finished with a team high in AVG of .358 in his first season there. In his Senior year at WSSU, he took over the closer duties in the back end of the bullpen posting an ERA of 2.84 with 26 SO in 19 IP and 5 Saves. In two years there he finished with a career AVG. of .349 with 71 RBIs and 12 homeruns. Steiner was also two-time 2016 and 2017 first team all-CIAA first baseman for both season and tournament. After winning the CIAA Conference title in his senior season of 2017, WSSU went onto the Atlantic Region title game finishing one game short of the DII College World Series. Steiner was named to All-Atlantic Region Tournament Team.
Following the season Steiner signed a professional contract with White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos league in New Mexico.