Mids win Game One, 3-1 before falling in Game Two, 6-3
Ryan Mau joined the Navy baseball staff as the team's pitching coach in August 2010. Mau, who came to the Naval Academy after five seasons at VMI, is entering his fourth season at Navy.
Mau is also instrumental in the team's recruiting efforts. In back-to-back seasons, the Mids have ranked 81st (2013) and 83rd (2012) in Perfect Game's Top 100 recruiting class rankings.
Last season under his guidance, the pitching staff led the Patriot League in ERA (3.87), opponent's batting average (.254) and strikeouts (346). The strikeout total was the fifth-most in Navy history surpassing the 2012 staff's total of 343. Mau saw two of his pitchers earn All-Patriot League honors as sophomore Stephen Moore (First Team) and senior Joel Rinehart (Second Team) garnered accolades.
In 2012, Navy again posted a top-ten strikeout total in school history with 343 and its strikeout per nine innings average of 6.9 led the conference. The 259 runs yielded by the team was its second-lowest total in five seasons.
The Navy pitching staff's performance in 2011 was undoubtedly a critical component to the team's Patriot League regular season and tournament championships and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth. The Mids established a program-record 423 strikeouts, which ranked as tops in the Patriot League, while their strikeouts per nine innings average (7.6) ranked 50th in the nation. Navy also led conference in ERA at 4.97. Mau also mentored three pitchers - Wes Olson, Sam Long and Johnny Schoberl - that earned All-Patriot League honors, while Ben Nelson registered the program's ninth-highest single-season strikeout total (80).
Prior to joining the Navy staff, Mau served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at VMI where he mentored four pitchers that were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft during his tenure at the school. He was also instrumental in helping lead the Keydets to their first-ever national ranking in 2007. The Keydets were also nationally ranked in 2010. In his role as recruiting coordinator, Mau was influential in signing classes that received national recognition on three occasions.
In working with the pitchers at VMI, Mau developed staffs that consistently performed at a high level. In 2008, the pitching staff ranked among the top five in the nation in fewest walks allowed. In 2010, VMI pitchers tied the school record with a combined 441 strikeouts, equaling a strikeout-per-nine innings average of 8.29, which was the third-best in school history.
Mau's work with pitchers translated into success at VMI and beyond as four of his hurlers were selected in the MLB draft over a three-year span. Corey Bachman was selected by the Chicago Cubs in 2007, Michael Bowman and Trey Barham by Milwaukee and Oakland, respectively, in 2008, and Travis Smink by Houston in 2009.
In 2012, three pitchers tutored by Mau were selected in the MLB Draft. Former Mid Preston Gainey was taken in the 11th round by Milwaukee, while Adam Lopez and Coby Cowgill, who Mau worked with at VMI, were selected by the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers, respectively.
Prior to VMI, Mau spent two years at Marist College where he helped the Red Foxes to the 2005 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season and tournament titles. Mau also tutored both the MAAC Pitcher of the Year and Relief Pitcher of the Year during his time at Marist.
Mau began his collegiate coaching career at Charleston Southern where in just one year he lowered the staff ERA by two runs from the previous season and helped a pitcher garner Big South Player of the Year accolades.
While at Charleston Southern he also tutored two players - R.J. Swindel and Bobby Parnell - that went on to pitch in Major League Baseball.
Mau's coaching success should come as no surprise; as a standout pitcher for the College of Charleston from 1998-2000, his single-season wining percentage of 1.000 and 1.79 ERA are still the best and second-best, respectively, in school history. He also ranks among the school leaders several key statistical categories, including: career victories, game started, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Following his collegiate career, Mau signed as a free agent with the Florida Marlins where he pitched for two seasons.
A native of Lake Mary, Fla., Mau graduated from the College of Charleston in 2000 with a degree in communication. Mau and his wife, Leslie, have a daughter, Grace (eight) and a son, Gabriel (five).