Franklin & Marshall’s Head Baseball Coach, Adam Taylor, announced Ryan Horning as the Diplomats’ newest Assistant Coach. Horning comes to F&M from Cornell University after stops at St. John Fisher and Longwood.
“I am excited to bring Ryan on board with the staff,” said Taylor. “He is a talented young coach with a wealth of sucessful coaching experience.”
At Cornell, Horning was involved in all on-field and off-field aspects of the Big Red program. His primary duties included skill instruction for infielders and outfielders, as well as hitters. He will continue assisting Coach Taylor in those capacities at F&M. In his season at Cornell, Horning saw two of his infielders and one outfielder garner All-Ivy League honors.
Prior to his stint at Cornell, Horning spent two seasons at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. At SJF, Horning produced six all-conference first team selections, six all-region players and saw one player earn All-America honors. He assisted the Cardinals in securing their first NCAA postseason berth. SJF finished as high as fourth in the region and earned a program-best 33rd spot in the national rankings.
Horning’s collegiate coaching start began on the Division I level with Longwood in 2005. In addition to evaluating recruits, he planned practices and weight training for the Lancers. On the field, Horning worked with the squad’s infielders and provided hitting instruction.
Horning’s coaching experience extends beyond the intercollegiate game. He spent two seasons (2007 and 2008) with the Watertown Wizards in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), serving as the head coach this past summer. He guided the Syracuse 16-year old All-Star Team to the 2004 Babe Ruth World Series Championship, making him the youngest coach to pull the feat. He led Syracuse to the Babe Ruth World Series in three of his four years as the club’s skipper.
Horning’s hiring rounds out the Diplomats’ staff for Taylor’s first season. The Diplomats’ pitching coach, Matt Scheuing, returns for his fourth season with the squad. Horning will begin his duties on Friday, January 9. F&M is set to open the 2009 season on March 6 at Kean University.