Ryan Nordquist (‘12) returns to the Yellow Jacket staff in 2019-2020 and will coach hitters, catchers and baserunners. He will also assist in the staff’s recruiting efforts and serve as the program’s Camp Coordinator. This will be his third stint with the BW Baseball Staff, having worked with the Brown & Gold during the 2013, 2014, and 2016 seasons.
Nordquist is a 2012 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management. As a student-athlete, he played three seasons at Baldwin Wallace and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a then program-best 27 wins in 2012. Behind the plate, he posted a .988 career fielding average. This ranks him first among catchers in BW baseball history for career fielding percentage. In his senior season, Nordquist posted a 1.000 fielding percentage and became just the fifth catcher in program history to accomplish that feat.
Nordquist spent the last three seasons at Ohio Athletic Conference cross-town rival John Carroll University where he served as its Recruiting Coordinator in baseball. He also was responsible for coaching the hitters, catchers, and baserunners. He also served as the Interim Head Coach for part of the 2019 season.
Born and raised in Alliance, Ohio, Nordquist is a 2007 graduate of Alliance High School and was a standout athlete on the diamond. A three-year captain, he was named first-team All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference, first team All-Northeast Ohio District, and was named Alliance High School's first ever NBC Player of The Year in 2006. In his junior season, Ryan led the Aviators to a record-breaking season and program-best 24 wins en route to its first District title and OHSAA Regional berth. Nordquist currently holds program records for triples in a single-season (nine) and career (15).
Nordquist began his coaching career at age 19 (2009) as an assistant coach of the Alliance American Legion Post 166. During that time, he led Post 166 to three 30-win seasons, two Region 7 Championships and two state championship appearances.