Keith Ritsche, Head Coach
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 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.
Keith 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 he and his wife Megan relocating to the Atlanta area.
John Harris, Assistant Coach
John Harris, 26, was born in California but grew up in Kennesaw, GA before playing collegiately at Gardner Webb, where he was named All-Big South in 2012 and Best Defensive Catcher in the Big South in 2013. He started 26 games for the Copperheads in the summer of 2012.
He later played professionally in the independent Frontier League. After his stint in pro ball, Harris has served as a volunteer coach in the collegiate ranks and also coached travel youth teams in Georgia.
He currently works for National Scouting Report, a national high school scouting and college recruiting organization which evaluates high school athletes and steers them to colleges and universities best suited for their athletic skill level and academic qualifications. He will coach third base and serve as hitting coach for the Copperheads.
Jacobby Robinson, Assistant Coach
Jocobby Robinson, a 25-year old native of Meridian, MS, served as a volunteer assistant for one season at West Alabama and also spent a summer as a youth coach with Golden Spikes Baseball. This past fall, he served as an assistant with the Ontario Blue Jays, a Canadian Junior National team that has toured both the United States and Canada playing collegiate teams. Additionally, Robinson has worked in the business field during and between his part-time coaching stints.
An outfielder at UWA, Robinson was an All-Gulf South Conference player as a senior in 2014 when he hit .364, made just two errors and led the team in stolen bases.
Robinson will coach first base and work with infielders and outfielders for the Copperheads.