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    Shawn  Rychcik

    Head Coach

    Alma Mater:
    Gannon '91


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    NC State head softball coach Shawn Rychcik completed his second season at the helm of the program in 2014. For the second consecutive year, he guided the squad to an NCAA Regional Final.

    His 2014 team made school and state of North Carolina history by becoming the first team to advance to the regional final without a loss, following the Wolfpack's 5-4 upset win over fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Pack became just the fifth team to beat a top-four seed before a regional final since 2005.

    State finished the season with a 36-18 record in 2014, the fourth-most wins in program history and the fewest losses by an NC State team in school history.

    The Wolfpack also made history during the regular season by winning 14 games straight, breaking the previous school record of 13 consecutive games set by the 2013 team. The squad also bested the program mark for home wins with 22 and home winning percentage with an .880 clip.

    Rychcik's 2014 team compiled a batting average of .275, eclipsing the previous school record of .273 set by the 2007 squad. State also hit 67 home runs during the year, second only to the 88 homers the 2013 team hit.

    Defensively, the Wolfpack committed the fewest errors in the field to record the program's highest fielding percentage at .973. That mark was also good for second in the ACC and 16th nationally.

    In his initial season with the Wolfpack softball team, Rychcik led the squad to the 2013 ACC Championship title - becoming the first head coach in the history of the conference to do so in his/her first season.

    Rychcik guided the Pack to a 35-20-1 record in 2013, highlighted by the ACC Championship crown to receive an automatic bid to an NCAA Regional. State won two games in the Knoxville regional before falling to regional champ and NCAA runner-up Tennessee.

    The Wolfpack offense flourished in its first season under Rychcik, breaking multiple program records, individual records and setting multiple ACC marks. In 2013, the Pack smashed 88 home runs surpassing the previous record of 66 set in 2007 by 22. State also scored 288 runs, batted in 266 runs and had a team slugging percentage of .491, all of which are new school records.

    Under his instruction, junior Renada Davis hit 26 homers, the third-most in NCAA Division I softball and most by a Wolfpack player. She surpassed the previous school record of 14 by 12 home runs.

    On the defensive side, junior Emily Weiman earned ACC Pitcher of the Year honors - becoming the first Wolfpack player to receive the honor. She led the conference in wins (33), innings pitched (323.1), appearances (54) and games started (52), all of which are school records.

    Head Coach Shawn Rychcik

    Throughout his playing and coaching career, Rychcik has produced champions and championships.

    In a 23-year hall-of-fame playing career, Rychcik won five International Softball Congress world championships and two American Softball Association national championships and twice was recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the men's fast-pitch player of the year.

    In his 14 years as a collegiate coach - four as an assistant and 10 as a head coach - Rychcik has won five conference championships and four regular-season championships and led his teams to six NCAA Regionals, including five in the last six seasons.

    He's never had a losing season, overall or in conference play, in his 10 seasons as a head coach.

    "I want people to know that this will be a hard-working program and we are going to do everything we can to win," Rychcik said. "Everywhere I have been, I've been a winner, whether it was my playing career or my coaching career.

    The native of Salamanca, N.Y., was hired on July 6, 2012, to take over the Wolfpack's fastpitch program, which is entering its 12th season as a varsity sport at NC State. He inherited a program that won the 2006 ACC Championship in its third year, but had posted four consecutive losing seasons in league play.

    Rychcik, meanwhile, spent the previous eight seasons turning Boston University into an America East powerhouse, while rewriting the school record book, setting 10 team offensive records and 11 individual single-season marks. His 2007 team was ranked fourth in the nation with 65 home runs in 48 games, sixth in slugging percentage and 12th in scoring.

    "Some coaches like to run exclusively, some like to sit back and build on power," Rychcik said. "I like to do a little bit of both. I like to stay aggressive and put pressure on people. Sometimes we will have runners thrown out stealing or trying to take an extra base.

    "I like trying to force the other team to execute. I would rather see a more reckless offense and a more conservative defense, where you give them a single, but don't try to make a big play by throwing it away at first base and putting the other team in scoring position. We want to create as many runs as we can on offense, without giving anything away on defense."

    Rychcik's success at Boston University paved the way for his selection as one of 14 members of the U.S. national team coaching pool. From 2009-12, he worked with the national team, including many players who helped the United States win a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    As a player, Rychcik was a power-hitting outfielder and first baseman. He was named to the ISC All-World Team 10 times and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1999 ASA championships, after driving in a record 15 RBIs in five games.

    In all, he won five ISC world titles and two ASA national titles, while playing for teams in Florida, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. He was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame on Aug. 12, 2012.

    After retiring in 2006, Rychcik poured his energy into building on the initial success he had at Boston University. Now, he hopes to replicate that success in Raleigh.

    "The opportunities here far out-weigh the challenges," Rychcik said. "I look forward to being in a great conference, playing in a great stadium and being at a bigger program.

    Prior to his arrival at BU, he served as a first assistant coach at St. Bonaventure University and Millikin University.

    Rychcik graduated from Gannon University in 1991 with a degree in physical education/sports management.

    He and his wife, Tricia, live in Apex, N.C., with their two sons, Ajay and Drew.

    Rychcik's Career Accomplishments

    • Named the second fastpitch coach in NC State history on July 6, 2012, after two seasons as an assistant and eight seasons as head coach at Boston University.
    • Led the Wolfpack to the 2013 ACC Championship crown in his first season
    • Helped State earn back-to-back NCAA Regional bids and advance to the regional final in both trips
    • Guided BU to three of the school's nine America East tournament championships (2009, '10, 12) and was an assistant coach on another (2003).
    • Led team to four America East regular-season titles (2007, '10, '11, '12).
    • Took his team to eight consecutive America East tournament title games.
    • Made three NCAA Regional appearances (2009, '10, '12) as a head coach, posting a 3-6 record in nine career regional games.
    • Four-time America East Coach of the Year (2007, '10, '11, `12).
    • Winningest coach in Boston University history with 271 career victories and 114 conference wins.
    • Has never had a losing overall or conference season as a head coach.
    • Coached four America East players of the year, three pitchers of the year, four rookies of the year, 46 all-conference players and 21 all-rookie team members.
    • Mentored three All-Americans, four NFCA Academic All-Americans and one CoSIDA Academic All-District I team selection.
    • Served in the coaching pool for the women's national team from 2009-2012.
    • Played fastpitch softball for 23 years and was a member of the U.S. men's national team for eight years, winning one gold medal, three silver medals and a bronze medal.
    • Twice named U.S. Olympic Committee's softball athlete of the year (1999, 2000).
    • Inducted into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame on Aug. 12, 2012.
    Shawn Rychcik's Head Coaching Record
    Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Postseason
    2005 Boston University 26-19-1 .576 14-4 .778 None
    2006 Boston University 29-29 .500 11-10 .524 None
    2007 Boston University 34-14 .708 17-3 .850 None
    2008 Boston University 29-23 .558 15-6 .714 None
    2009 Boston University 43-18 .705 14-6 .700 America East Champion, NCAA Regional Final (2-2)
    2010 Boston University 35-22 .614 14-3 .823 America East Champion, NCAA Regional (1-2)
    2011 Boston University 34-18 .654 14-4 .778 None
    2012 Boston University 41-16 .719 15-3 .833 America East Champion, NCAA Regional (1-2)
    2013 NC State 35-20-1 .625 13-7 .650 Atlantic Coast Champion, NCAA Regional Final (2-2)
    2014 NC State 36-18 .667 16-8 .667 NCAA Regional Final (2-2)
    2015 NC State 38-22 .633 13-8 .619 NCAA Super Regional (0-2), NCAA Regional Champs (3-0)
    Total 380-219-2 .632 156-62 .716
    Total at NC State 109-60-1 .641 42-23 .646

    Assistant Coaching Record
    Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Postseason
    2001 Millikin University 24-21 .533 N/A N/A None
    2002 St. Bonaventure University 12-22 .353 7-14 .333 None
    2003 Boston University 33-23 .589 17-3 .850 America East Champion, NCAA Regional
    2004 Boston University 26-32 .448 11-7 .611 None
    Total 92-98 .484 35-24 .593

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