USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Ryan Forrest has joined the Air Force baseball staff as its pitching coach, beginning with the 2018 season, announced today by head coach Mike Kazlausky. A native of Highlands Ranch, Forrest comes to the Academy from Mississippi College.
“I am really excited to add Ryan to our program,” Kazlausky said. “He brings a plethora of expertise as a pitching coach and will bring abundance of knowledge and energy that will help enhance the development of our pitchers. To have someone as experienced and successful running the staff will really help change the dynamic of our pitching staff. I am excited for our cadets to have another coach who is going to genuinely care about them as people first and foremost as well as being invested in helping them reach their top potential.”
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the United States Air Force Academy and its baseball program,” Forrest said. “I would first, like to thank Coach Kaz and the administration for this opportunity. It is humbling to not only call myself a coach at the United States Air Force Academy, but to work with some of the best and brightest individuals that will be future leaders of our country. I am looking forward to getting after it right away!”
Forrest spent one season at Mississippi College. As the assistant coach, he assisted in leading the Choctaws to their first postseason action since 2012 and its first GSC Tournament berth since 1996.
Forrest spent the previous three seasons at NCAA Div. II powerhouse Millersville University. In his final season at Millersville, Forrest was instrumental in helping lead the Marauders to the 2016 NCAA Division II runner-up finish and a 53-7 record. MU finished the season ranked fifth nationally with a 2.99 ERA.
Forrest joined the Millersville baseball staff as a recruiting coordinator and pitching coach in 2014. During his three seasons, MU compiled a 3.04 ERA and coached three pitchers that were drafted. Brandon Miller was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft by the Seattle Mariners while Reid Anderson was taken in the 17th round by the Texas Rangers. Jim McDade signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres. Chris Murphy was taken in the 24th round by the Houston Astros.
MU was also a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular season champion, a conference tournament champion and made the NCAA Atlantic Regional three straight years, finishing runner-up in 2014 and 2015 before claiming the crown in 2016. The Black and Gold compiled a 137-34 record and 68-16 in the PSAC during his three seasons.
Prior to his time at Millersville, the former University of Maine pitcher returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach, where is he was responsible for working with infielders and outfielders, coaching first base, game and practice plans, scouting reports on upcoming opponents and was the director of camps and clinics. In 2009, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in with a minor in English from Maine.
Forrest played for Maine from 2007-09, where he saw action in 31 career games as a relief pitcher. He finished with a 3-2 record with one save. Forrest totaled 39 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work. He started his collegiate career at Creighton University in 2006.
During the summer months of his collegiate career, Forrest pitched for the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Before returning to the Black Bears, Forrest worked in the video and advanced scouting department for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Forrest was responsible for assisting with and prepping advanced scouting reports and video for the coaching staff and players.
Forrest compiled a 5-0 record with four saves as a senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo., where he was a four-year letterwinner. He was the winning pitcher of the 5A state semifinal game.
He earned a master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia University 2013.
“Ryan has worked our summer camp and we have stayed in touch ever since,” Kazlausky said. “Watching him work with the young men at camp, his passion for pitching really shined through. I am thrilled that we are finally getting the opportunity to be in the same dugout and am grateful that he took the leap to come back home and teach the future leaders of this great nation. Ryan Forrest is going to be a big part of the Air Force Baseball program and our continued success.”