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RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers announced the hiring of Ryan Overland as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack today. Overland joins the Wolf Pack baseball program after two years at Fresno State.
“I’m excited that Ryan has joined our staff,” Powers said. “He is a winner who has great knowledge of the game. He grew up around the game as his dad is a longtime high school coach. He is a great addition to our staff.”
Overland will coach first base and work with the Pack catchers in his first year at Nevada. Additional duties include recruiting and opponent scouting.
“I am extremely excited to be joining coach Powers’ staff here at Nevada,” Overland said. “Having competed against coach Powers teams as both a player and a coach, I have a lot of respect for this program. I am excited for the opportunity to work coach Powers, the rest of the coaching staff, and the quality student athletes we have in this program.”
Overland spent the last two seasons working at his alma mater Fresno State. In 2011 he was an interim assistant coach for the Bulldogs and was a volunteer assistant last year. In addition to coaching first base he worked with the catchers and infielders. He was involved in all aspects of the FS baseball program during his two seasons including recruiting, scouting, monitoring academics and served as baseball camp coordinator. The Bulldogs made two NCAA tournament appearances, shared one regular season Western Athletic Conference title and won two WAC tournament championships during his time as a coach.
He spent two seasons at South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. where he was the hitting coach and worked with the catchers. In 2010 the Jackrabbits captured the Summit League Championship and posted an overall mark of 39-21. The 2010 team set school records for hits, runs scored, doubles and wins along with a team GPA over 3.0.
In four years at FS he played in over 180 games and was a catcher on the 2008 NCAA Championship team. He was a member of three Bulldog squads that captured WAC regular season and tournament titles.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree in communication from FS in 2008 and a master’s in science in sport pedagogy at South Dakota State in 2010.