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Rick Oliveri recently completed his fourth season as the pitching coach for the George Washington baseball team in 2020. Oliveri has served as the team's academic coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the last two seasons.
Oliveri made an instant impact as the team's academic coordinator after taking over in the Spring of 2019, raising the team's GPA from 2.81 to 3.06 in a year's time. His influence was also shown in the team's recruiting, signing a top-100 class in 2019 according to Perfect Game.
On the field, Oliveri has presided over the team's pitching staff, culminating in a 3.26 team ERA in 2020 that ranked second in the A-10 and 61st nationally. GW also ranked among the nation's top 100 in walks per nine (3.32, 44th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.40, 89th) and WHIP (1.33, 99th).
His tutelage led redshirt sophomore Harrison Cohen to the top of the A-10 in 2020 in walks per nine (1.05) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00). For his efforts, Cohen was named the team's co-MVP.
Oliveri has turned around a pitching staff that ranked 11th in the A-10 in ERA in 2016 to finish in the top half of the league in three of his four seasons.
In his first year at GW, the Colonials ranked in the top half of the league in ERA, bolstered by a strong starting rotation that featured Atlantic 10 All-Rookie and ABCA All-East Region Second Team selection Elliott Raimo.
Oliveri has seen two of his pupils drafted in the MLB Draft: Eddie Muhl in the 25th round in 2017 and Will Kobos in the 19th round in 2018, both by Pittsburgh. Muhl earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team in 2017 while Kobos earned ABCA All-East Region Second Team honors in 2018.
Oliveri came to GW following a successful five-year stint at Monmouth University where he played a key role in the development of the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Pitcher of the Year Ricky Dennis.
He also saw one of his pitchers get drafted in 2016 as left-handed pitcher Anthony Ciaverlla was taken in the 24th round by St. Louis in the MLB Draft.
Prior to his tenure at Monmouth, Oliveri was an assistant coach at Radford University where he primarily worked with the team's catchers.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Oliveri was a three-year starter and two-year team captain at the University of Buffalo. He earned his degree in business administration. Oliveri then earned his MBA from Lincoln Memorial University.