Denison head baseball coach, Mike Deegan, has announced the hiring of Ryne Romick as the program's full-time assistant coach. Romick earned the promotion after spending the 2013 season serving in a volunteer coaching role at Denison which included responsibility as the team's pitching coach.
Romick will continue in his role as the Denison pitching coach in 2014 while also taking on responsibilities as recruiting coordinator.
In 2013, Romick oversaw a revamped Denison pitching staff that lowered its team ERA by nearly two runs per nine innings pitched. Denison's 3.63 ERA ranked them second in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The team was third in the NCAC in strikeouts (234) while holding opponents to a .251 batting average in 351.2 innings pitched.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Akron, Romick was a four-year letterwinner for the Zips from 2006-09. Romick began his career at Akron as a shortstop before moving to the bullpen prior to his sophomore season. That season he led all relievers with 22 appearances, 29 strikeouts and four saves in 34.0 innings pitched.
As a junior he remained the team's top reliever, posting 23 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. Romick capped off his career in 2009 with one of his finest seasons in a Zip uniform. He was named the team's Pitcher of the Year after allowing just 21 hits in 28.1 innings pitched. His 3.45 ERA led the squad. He also posted three saves while limiting the opposition to a .208 batting average.
A native of Hannibal, Ohio, Romick was an All-Ohio selection in baseball and basketball. He scored 1,051 career points at River High School and hit .461 while posting a 0.71 ERA as a senior for the Pilots.
After receiving his bachelor of science in biology from Akron, Romick went on to earn a master's of education from Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va. While at Ohio Valley he served as a graduate assistant coach with a focus on the pitching staff. In those two seasons OVU's pitchers lowered its ERA 2.49 runs while allowing 67 fewer walks.