Keith Ritsche, Head Coach
Keith Ritsche, a 33-year old native of Superior, WI, coached at Winston Salem State University from 2011 until relocating to Georgia 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 was Copperheads head coach for three summers from 2014-16, and then returned for 2018. He led the Copperheads to the Coastal Plain League’s Petit Cup Playoffs in two of his first 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.
Landon Steiner, Assistant Coach
Landon Steiner returns to the Asheboro Copperheads for his second season as a First base/Hitting coach. The 25 year old native of Lexington, Ky spent the past year working at a baseball facility in Wilmington, NC where he currently resides. 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.