Ryan Franczek, a former Minuteman third baseman, was named an assistant coach on October 18. This will be Franczek's first season coaching the Minutemen.
Franczek, who played at UMass from 2005-08, was a .286 career hitter (155-for-579), totaling 34 doubles, seven triples 12 home runs, 73 RBI and 155 runs scored. He appeared in 164 career games, which ranks ninth all-time, starting 152. His career walks total (77) is presently tied for 10th all-time at UMass.
Franczek's best campaign with the Minutemen was in 2006 when he saw action in 42 games as a sophomore, hit .307, drove in 27 runs and scored 33. He was awarded The E. Joseph Thompson Memorial MVP Trophy that season. Franczek had four triples in 2006, tying him currently for ninth in the UMass record book for a single season and also ranks tied for sixth in a season with 10 hit by pitches that year.
As senior in 2008, Franczek was presented with the Coaches' Award, going to the team's most improved player. He had 15 doubles and scored 39 runs in his final collegiate campaign.
Franczek, a native of Chicopee, Mass., graduated from UMass with a degree in Resource Economics in May 2009. He served as head freshmen baseball coach at his former high school, Chicopee Comprehensive, in the spring of 2010.