ELKINS, W.Va. — Davis & Elkins Director of Athletics Patrick Snively has announced the hiring of D&E Alum Brett Ripley as Head Baseball Coach.
Ripley returns to D&E from West Virginia Wesleyan where he has held a variety of positions in and out of athletics over the past sixteen years.
“We are extremely fortunate to find a coach of Brett’s quality and character in our own backyard,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Snively. “He is going to quickly connect with our current and incoming players, our campus community, and prospective student-athletes. I am especially excited about the enthusiasm he has for connecting the alums with the team.”
“I would like to thank President Wood, Director of Athletics Patrick Snively and the search committee for the opportunity to lead the baseball program at my alma mater,” said Ripley. “I’m excited to return to Davis & Elkins College and help develop a great group of young men in the classroom, in the community and on the field. This program and institution have always held a special place in my heart and I look forward to building long lasting relationships with our players, alumni, campus community and the Elkins community.”
At West Virginia Wesleyan, Ripley most recently served as senior associate director of admissions. He has worked in this role throughout his sixteen years at the institution.
For seven seasons, Ripley served as associate head coach at Wesleyan. During this time, Ripley served as interim head coach on a pair of occasions.
In the five seasons prior to his experience as associate head coach, Ripley served as assistant coach at Wesleyan and was also head men’s golf coach for two years.
Ripley worked as a graduate assistant at Wesleyan for two seasons to begin his collegiate coaching career.
Ripley also had a pair of seasons coaching American Legion baseball.
Ripley earned a degree in Sports Management from D&E in 2006 and an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2008.
While at D&E, Ripley earned D&E’s Student-Athlete of the Year Award in his senior year. As a senior, he was also D&E’s male representative as WVIAC Student-Athlete of the Year, won the WVIAC’s Shannon Stewart Heart & Hustle Award, and earned the Health, Sport, and Movement Science Department Academic Achievement Award.
Coach Ripley lives in Buckhannon with his wife Leah and daughters Kinsley and Chesney.
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