GW Alum and Hall-of-Famer Returns to Colonials Following Stint with MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates
Dave Lorber is in his fifth season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the George Washington baseball program.
Lorber played a key role in GW's fourth consecutive season of at least 20 victories in 2016. The Colonials' defense, under Lorber's direction, once again led the Atlantic 10 with a league-best .974 fielding percentage. GW also had a pair of Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selections in Bobby Campbell and Joey Bartosic and had a player drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft (Kevin Mahala, 16th round, Pirates) for the second straight season.
Freshmen and sophomores made up 86% of GW's plate appearances in 2015, making the Colonials one of the youngest teams in the nation for the second straight season. Under Lorber's guidance, the Colonials set a program record with a .976 fielding percentage en route to a 32-22 overall record. The 32 wins stands as the eighth-highest win total in program history and the 12th time a GW team has eclipsed the 30-win plateau.
GW posted an 11-3 record against local teams including the first win over a ranked opponent since 2008 (12-1 over then-No. 16 Maryland on April 8) and the first series sweep of Georgetown (2-0) since 2001.
The Colonials went 2-1 in the Atlantic 10 Championship, the first time with multiple postseason wins since 2006, to earn a place in the bracket's final four. Additionally, the Colonials had two players earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors in freshman Robbie Metz (All-Rookie Team) and sophomore Eddie Muhl (First Team All-Conference, ABCA All-East Region Second Team, NBCWA Stopper of the Year Finalist).
Lorber played a key role in the mentoring of the 15 freshman that were a part of GW's roster during his second season in 2014. The Colonials were one of just two teams in Division I to start seven freshmen in half of its 2014 games, making GW one of the youngest teams in the nation.
Additionally, Lorber helped the Colonials to become the Division I leaders in least amount of offensive strikeouts (207) and least amount of offensive strikeouts per game (4.14).
In his first season, Lorber played a critical role in helping the Colonials to their first Atlantic 10 Championship berth since 2006. Lorber, coaching third base, helped the Colonials finish 17th in Division I in stolen bases and 20th in the nation in stolen bases per game.
As a team, the Colonials finished third overall in Division I in strikeouts against and first in the nation in strikeouts per game.
Lorber joined the Colonials after spending the 2012 season at Stony Brook University, where the Seawolves made an improbable run to the College World Series after winning a school-record 52 games.
Lorber primarily worked with outfielders, base runners and hitters for the Seawolves, including 2012 ABCA National Player of the Year and Major League Baseball first-round draft pick Travis Jankowski. Stony Brook also had six other players selected in the MLB draft and had three position players garner All-American honors. Lorber also served as the oncampus recruiting manager and handled day-to-day baseball operations.
Prior to arriving at Stony Brook, Lorber spent one season at Division II Felician College, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He worked primarily with pitchers, catchers and team defense. Under his tutelage, the Golden Falcons posted a school-record ERA of 3.31, which ranked 30th nationally. Felician also finished the season ranked 21st nationally in strikeouts per nine innings and 20th in hits allowed per nine innings.
A 2008 graduate of Central Connecticut State, Lorber also made coaching stops at Division III Eastern University and Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, N.J.) where he played key roles in player development and recruiting at both schools.
He was a two-year letterwinner at CCSU, helping the Blue Devils to the finals of the 2007 Northeast Conference Championship Tournament. Prior to playing at CCSU, he helped Division II Brookdale Community College (NJCAA) to the 2005 NJCAA World Series as a two-year starter and two-time All-Region and All-Conference selection.