Ryan Wright begins his fourth year as an assistant baseball coach in 2019-20.
Wright helped lead the Yellowjackets to their fourth regular-season title in the last five seasons. He also helped lead MSUB to its first-ever GNAC Championships title, and the program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA Division II West Region Championships.
The Yellowjackets tied the school record for wins in 2019, going 33-20 overall, and broke the GNAC record for conference wins as they went 30-20 in league play. MSUB also broke its own GNAC record for home runs in a year with 83, and broke the GNAC record for pitching strikeouts with 447. Under Wright’s guidance, Daniel Cipriano became the second consensus All-American in program history, the second player in GNAC history to win the Triple Crown, and the second player in school history to win GNAC Player of the Year honors.
MSUB won a school record 33 games in 2018, and claimed its third GNAC regular-season title in the last four years with Wright’s assistance. For the second straight season, the team broke the school record for home runs, this time also topping the GNAC single-season mark with an incredible 78 on the year. MSUB’s offense also broke the GNAC single-season record for runs per game with 8.41, and topped the GNAC record for team slugging percentage at .536.
Working primarily with the offense in 2017, Wright helped the ‘Jackets break the MSUB single-season home run record with 44 on the year. He also assisted on a team that advanced to the GNAC Championships for the third consecutive season.
Wright completed his master’s degree in public relations at MSUB in the spring of 2019.
He spent the 2015-2016 season coaching at Capital High School in Boise, Idaho, while finishing his undergraduate degree at Boise State University. He was a former student-athlete under current MSUB head coach Aaron Sutton at Treasure Valley Community College.
Originally from Fruitland, Idaho, Wright’s collegiate career included stops at the University of Utah, TVCC, and Oklahoma City University. During Wright’s two years at OCU, he batted .320 with 20 doubles, six triples, and four home runs. In his senior season, he helped the Stars to a No. 1 national ranking going into the NAIA regional tournament, as well as garnered second-team academic All-American honors.
Prior to OCU, Wright attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore., where he played second base for the Chukars. During his sophomore season, Wright received the NWAACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was a part of the first Treasure Valley baseball team to win both regular and postseason NWAACC East Region titles.
Wright attended Fruitland High School, where he was coached by his father, Russ Wright. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is currently working on his master’s degree in sports management from Missouri Baptist University.
Grant Hamilton begins his second year as an assistant coach with the Yellowjackets’ baseball team in 2018-19. Hamilton is primarily responsible for MSUB’s pitching staff.
In his first year as an assistant coach, Hamilton helped the Yellowjackets claim the 2018 GNAC regular-season title and win a program-record 33 games. Under his guidance, MSUB’s pitching staff broke the school single-season records for strikeouts (386), innings pitched (418.0), strikeouts per 9 innings (8.31), and saves (11).
Hamilton most recently served as a volunteer coach at Oklahoma City University, where he completed his collegiate playing career. During his senior season with the Stars in 2016, Hamilton compiled a 4.10 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched while making 21 appearances. He competed alongside current MSUB assistant coach Ryan Wright for a team that reached a No. 1 ranking in the NAIA.
Hamilton began his collegiate career at Butler Community College in Kansas. Hamilton also played summer ball in the Northwoods League, where he was an all-star and the strikeout leader.
Hamilton is a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., and attended Bethany High School.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Matt Hape begins his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the baseball team in 2019-20.
In 2019, Hape helped the Yellowjackets claim their fourth GNAC regular-season title in the last five years, win their first-ever GNAC Championships title, and advance to the NCAA D2 West Region Championships for the first time in school history.
Hape pitched for the Yellowjackets for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, making 23 total appearances including 22 starts and three complete games. Hape tallied an earned run average of 7.27 with the ‘Jackets, and logged 57 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings pitched.
Prior to his career at MSUB, Hape pitched for two seasons at Salt Lake Community College where he went 7-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 65 innings pitched as a sophomore in 2015. He held the opposition to a .231 batting average that year and appeared in 14 games with 13 starts.
Hape attended Bozeman High School where he was an all-state outfielder and pitcher. He had 98 strikeouts in 72 innings while batting .443 with five home runs in his best prep season.
Hape is a native of Bozeman, Montana, and graduated from MSUB with a degree in psychology after the 2017 season.