COACHING STAFF


Head Coach Ritch Price

One of the top coaches and recruiters in the country, Ritch Price begins his 19th season at the University of Kansas looking for continued excellence. Price is the only coach in KU history to lead the Jayhawks to a conference championship and multiple NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenure.

Price has led the Jayhawks to 30-plus wins in 11 of his 19 years at KU, while the team reached the 40-win plateau for just the third time in school history in 2006. That season, the Jayhawks won 43 games - the second most in school history - and won KU’s first conference championship in baseball in over 50 years.

Known around the collegiate baseball community as a tireless worker and enthusiastic recruiter, Price was named the 33rd head baseball coach at the University of Kansas on July 1, 2002.

He has rewarded the program with three trips to the NCAA Regionals during his tenure, in 2006, 2009, and 2014, which is more than the combined appearances the program achieved in nearly 100 years before Price. The 2009 Jayhawks advanced to the Chapel Hill Region championship, falling to eventual College World Series participant North Carolina.

Price earned his 500th victory at KU on March 2, 2019, with a 3-1 win vs. Northern Illinois. He became the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program on March 4, 2017, with an 11-7 win over Northwestern State. He is the longest tenured baseball coach in the Big 12 conference.

During his stay at Kansas, Price has had 69 players either drafted or signed by professional organizations. He has also seen six of his Jayhawks move on to the major-league level, which includes left-handed pitcher Wes Benjamin, who made his debut with the Texas Rangers in 2020.


Director of Operations/Camp Coordinator Wally Marciel

Wally Marciel enters his seventh season at the University of Kansas, working under head coach Ritch Price as the Jayhawks’ Director of Baseball Operations. Marciel coordinates all baseball operations and provides logistical support at all games.  Marciel is also in charge of all Jayhawk Baseball Camps where he facilitates individual and group instruction to help enhance skills for children ages five to 18.


Associate Head Coach Ryan Graves

Ryan Graves, former All-Big 12 pitcher and a graduate of Oklahoma State, is entering his 19th season as an assistant coach under Ritch Price and 16th as the team’s pitching coach. Graves is in charge of developing KU’s pitchers and also works with the team’s catchers.

Prior to the 2011 season, Graves was promoted to Associate Head Coach, making him the first baseball coach in the Big 12 at that time to hold that title. Graves came to Kansas with Price in 2003.

His ability to develop pitchers into All-Big 12 contenders and future Major League Baseball (MLB) draft picks has enabled the Jayhawks to see success during his tenure as KU’s pitching guru. Under his tutelage, Graves has coached two Big 12 Newcomers of the Year in Ben Krauth (2015) and Jordan Piche’ (2013), numerous All-Big 12 pitchers, and has seen 40 of his pitchers continue on to play professional baseball.


Assistant Coach Ritchie Price

Former Kansas baseball player Ritchie Price is in his tenth season as an assistant coach with the Jayhawks. Price handles the team’s offense, works with the infielders, manages recruiting duties and also coaches third base during games.

A former head coach at South Dakota State University, Price was hired at Kansas on July 1, 2011.

With his own name plastered all over the Kansas baseball record book in almost every offensive category, Price mimicked his offensive prowess by instilling the same fiery attitude he played with into the Jayhawk hitters.