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Ryan Shotzberger joined the University of Houston Baseball program as an assistant coach on Aug. 11, 2011.
"I am really excited to have Ryan at the University of Houston," Whitting said. "He and I spent a lot of time together at TCU on teams that had a great deal of success. He was a big part of the success that we had in Fort Worth that culminated with our trip to the College World Series."
"For me there is a comfort level with Ryan because we have worked together before and he knows my system inside and out. To me, this was a slam dunk hire for us, and the program really got better the day we hired Ryan Shotzberger."
As a member of Whitting's staff, Shotzberger will serve as the Cougar Baseball Camp Director as well as assist with the hitters and base runners. He will also serve as the third-base coach.
2013 helped coach Houston to its first 30-win season (36-22) since 2008 and notch its best 25-game start (21-4) since 1989 to break into the Top 25 national rankings for six weeks.
He coached C-USA Newcomer of the Year Frankie Ratcliff and C-USA Freshman of the Year Justin Montemayor to respective honors, while guiding freshmen Montemayor and Kyle Survance to Freshman All-American accolades.
Shotzberger saw junior catcher Caleb Barker named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, while senior pitcher Austin Pruitt was tabbed a Gregg Olson Award Seminfinalist for the nation's "Breakout Player of the Year."
Houston saw four players finish with above a .300 mark and the team led C-USA in stolen bases and triples, while finishing second in RBI, runs scored, walks and sacrifice bunts.
In 2012, Shotzberger helped guide freshman Michael Pyeatt to Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors, while coaching six Cougars to .300+ averages on the season. Houston also tallied 24 games with at least 10 hits and three 10+ RBI contests. Seniors Mo Wiley (28th/862-Reds), John Cannon (29th/896-Dodgers), and Jared Ray (34th/1053-D-Backs) were later taken on their respective teams in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Shotzberger came to Houston after spending five years on staff at TCU. While with the Horned Frogs, he coached the catchers, assisted with the hitters, threw batting practice, manned the bullpen during games and filled in as the first base coach.
"Ryan has been in Division I baseball for about seven years so he has a lot of experience and has coached at a very high level," Whitting said. "He will bring an attitude and expectation level to our program that our players are accustomed to but we are still trying to get to. He is going to help, along with the rest of our staff, in bridging the gap for us to compete at the highest level."
During his time at TCU, Shotzberger tutored three all-conference catchers in Andrew Walker, Josh Elander and Bryan Holaday, the 2010 Johnny Bench Award recipient. He was also a part of four straight 40-win seasons, seven conference championships, four NCAA Regionals, two NCAA Super Regionals and one College World Series.
Prior to joining the staff at TCU, he spent the 2006 season on the staff of the Duke Blue Devils. While in Durham, Shotzberger was responsible for coaching the infielders, hitters, base runner and catchers. He also threw batting practice on game days.
Shotzberger has also worked summer camps around the country, including camps at Tulane, Auburn, Florida State, North Carolina, UNLV, TCU, Clemson and Duke.
Shotzberger attended McDaniel College where he played shortstop. He earned First-Team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2003 and 2004 as well as being named the team MVP. He ranks second in career doubles (23) and career triples (10) and third in home runs (13). He holds the school record for runs scored in a season with 41 and has the seventh highest career batting average at .380.