Matt Riebesell has joined the Franklin & Marshall baseball staff as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the start of the 2023 season. In addition to his strong focus on the team’s offense and recruiting efforts, Riebesell will also work with team’s catchers and outfielders.
Riebesell joined the Diplomats after two years at Roanoke College where he helped that program to back-to-back Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament appearances, including a trip to the championship game in 2022. With Riebesell’s guidance, Roanoke had one of the most prolific offenses in the conference as it hit .307 and smashed 42 home runs in 42 games while averaging over 8.5 runs per game.
Prior to his tenure at Roanoke, Riebesell was an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to work with the catchers and assisting with hitters on FDU's Metropolitan Campus, Riebesell additionally spent time mentoring the program's community service efforts and assisted in running camps. He got his start in collegiate coaching at Allegheny College during an abbreviated 2020 season where he recruited talented student-athletes on a national scale. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Riebesell served as the manager of the Carolina Loggerheads, a summer collegiate baseball team who eventually won the 2022 Myrtle Beach League Championship. He also spent time as an assistant coach with the Fayetteville Swampdogs in the Coastal Plain League, and managed a 17U Erie Steelheads travel team while helping players from the organization through the recruiting process.
Riebesell brings intricate knowledge of the Centennial Conference to the Diplomats as he is a 2019 graduate of Muhlenberg College. During his career with the Mules, Riebesell was a four-year starter and finished as the program's single season and career leader in doubles, also posting the highest fielding percentage (.988) of any position player in school history. During his senior season, Riebesell hit .411 with 65 hits, 25 extra base hits, and an OPS of 1.051. That offensive production helped him earn both All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-Centennial Conference honors as a catcher.