Pitching Coach Rick Croushore
Rick Croushore grew up in Alexandria, VA and attended Mount Vernon High School. After high school, he left the state for Kansas and studied and played baseball at Hutchinson Community College. As a highly recruited pitcher, Rick chose to come to the Valley and finish his college career at James Madison University.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed Rick in 1993 after finishing at JMU. He went on to 11 years in professional baseball with 8 different organizations. That time included 2+ years of Major League service with the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets.
Knowing he wanted to coach baseball after retiring from his playing career, Rick began coaching at Benton High School (AR) while still playing. He spent 7 years with Benton and saw 27 players go on to college and/or professional baseball careers.
After retirement, Rick started coaching youth and high school showcase ball. Croushore spent over 20 years coaching in Arkansas and became the “go to” pitching coach in the state. His years as an AR coach were highlighted by his EM Majors winning the USSSA Elite World Series and being named National Champions in 2013. Multiple Arkansas players credit Rick for their successes at college, minor league, and major league baseball.
In 2019, Rick decided to come back home to Virginia and accepted the job as Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Shenandoah University in Winchester. During his 3 years at SU, they stayed in the national Top 25 and won an ODAC title in 2022.
Rick is a very proud father of Jake and Kaylee and is an avid fisherman and golfer