Stephen Korcheck '53
Steve Korcheck played varsity baseball from 1952 through '54 and played on the offensive line for the varsity
football team from 1951-'53, captaining the football team his senior year. He was also the the Southern
Conference's Player of the Year in football, Touchdown Club Area Player of the Year, and a third team
All-America selection of the Associated Press, all during his senior year. In addition, Korcheck earned
All-Conference honors in baseball.
With strengths in two sports, Korcheck was drafted by both the Washington Senators and the San Francisco 49ers,
but ultimately chose baseball. He went on to play professional baseball in 1954 and 1955 as a catcher for the
Senators, hitting .278 for the Senators in 1955. He was slated for the starting berth in 1956 but was called into
He spent one year with the U.S. Army, and played again for the Senators from 1958-'60. He returned to GW
from 1966-'70 as head baseball coach and while there, earned his MA in 1966 and his EdD in 1970. As head
coach, Korcheck guided the Colonials to a 62-62 record in five season.
Sam Perlozzo '73
MLB Coach Since 1987
364-263 with three championships and no losing seasons as a minor league
122-164 in parts of three seasons as manager of the Baltimore Orioles
1987-89 New York Mets (Third Base Coach)
1990-92 Cincinnati Reds (Third Base Coach)
1993-95; 2008 Seattle Mariners (Third Base Coach)
1996-2000 Baltimore Orioles (Third Base Coach)
2001-04 Baltimore Orioles (Bench Coach)
2005-07 Baltimore Orioles (Manager)
2009-2012 Philadelphia Phillies (Third/First Base Coach)
A 1973 GW graduate, Perlozzo was an infielder for the Colonials and an Academic All-American. He
was inducted into the GW's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
The Cumberland, MD native has spent the past 25 seasons as a major league coach or manager.
In addition to serving as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for two seasons, Perlozzo has also served on the staffs
of the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. . He was a manager in the Mets
farm system from 1982-1986 and compiled a 364-263 record, winning three league championships. In five
seasons as a minor league manager he led teams to three titles and never had a losing season. Perlozzo
won Manager of the Year awards in the Carolina League (1983) and Texas League (1984). He finished his
minor league managerial career with a 364-263 record.
Following his major league coaching stints with New York (NL), Cincinnati and Seattle, Perlozzo
joined the coaching staff of the Baltimore Orioles in 1996. He served as third base coach
(1996-2000) and bench coach (2001-05) before being promoted to manager. In his first
major league managerial position, Perlozzo led the Orioles to a 122-164 record in parts
of three seasons.
Gregg Ritchie '86
1986-95 Minor Leaguer in San Franciso Giants System
1996-06 Hitting Coach in Chicago White Sox Minor League System
2006-10 Minor League Hitting Coordinator - Pittsburgh Pirates
2010-2012 - Major League Hitting Coach - Pittsburgh Pirates
A George Washington alum ('86) and GW Athletic Hall of Fame member ('99), Gregg Ritchie was named the head coach
of the George Washington baseball program on October 9, 2012.
Ritchie returns to Washington from Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates where he served as the team's hitting
coach for the past two seasons. Named the Pirates' hitting coach on November 24, 2010, the 2012 season marked
Ritchie's seventh with the Pittsburgh organization, having also served as the minor league hitting coordinator
for five years. Ritchie has been instrumental in the development of the Pirates' homegrown two-time All-Star
Andrew McCutchen, who in 2012 led the NL in hits (194), finished second in runs scored (107) and batting
average (.327), placed third in on-base percentage (.400) and slugging percentage (.553), and also finished
in the NL's Top 15 in home runs (31, t8th), walks (70, 8th), RBIs (96, 11th) and triples (6, 15th). As a team,
Coach Ritchie's hitters ranked fourth in the National League in home runs this season, as McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez
(30 HR), Garrett Jones (27 HR) and Neil Walker (14 HR) all enjoyed career-best years under Ritchie's tutelage.
As minor league hitting instructor he traveled throughout the farm system of the Pirates,
checking on and refining the techniques of young hitters at such locales as Hickory, NC,
of the Class Low-A South Atlantic to Lynchburg, VA, of the Class High-A Carolina League
to Altoona, PA, of the Class AA Eastern League to Indianapolis of the Class AAA
International League. He also monitored the progress of hitters in the Dominican and
Ritchie played four years at GW and ended his collegiate career in 1986. He played pro
baseball for 10 years, including a stint with the San Francisco Giants from 1986-1992.
He also played in the Mexican League, in the Texas Rangers system and in Taiwan in
John Flaherty '90
Boston Red Sox, 25th Round, 1990
1992-93 Boston Red Sox
1994-96 Detroit Tigers
1996-97 San Diego Padres
1998-02 Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2003-04 New York Yankees
Former New York Yankees catcher John Flaherty joined the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES)
Network in the spring of 2006 as field reporter, studio analyst and a game analyst for YES'
Flaherty was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1988 and made his major league debut with them in
1992. He played 14 major league seasons with five teams (Red Sox 1992-93, Detroit Tigers 1994-96,
San Diego Padres 1996-97, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998-2002 and the Yankees 2003-05) before
announcing his retirement March 7, 2006.
Over his career, he had a .252 batting average in 1,047 games, and collected 849 hits, including
80 home runs.
Mike O'Connor '02
Montreal Expos, 7th Round, 2002
Mike O'Connor was the seventh round selection of the 2002 First-Year player draft by the
Washington Nationals, who were the Montreal Expos at the time. He was named the Nationals'
organizations Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2005.
O'Connor made his major league debut in 2006 when he started for the Washington Nationals on
April 27 and allowed just three hits over five innings. O'Connor, who missed the 2007 MLB
season with injuries, came back in 2008 and threw 99.2 innings for the Columbus Clippers
(Washington Nationals) of the International League, compiling a 2.17 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP.
O'Connor also appeared in five games for the Washington Nationals, throwing nine innings.
In 2009, O'Connor threw in 26 games and spent time with the Nationals, San Diego Padres
and Kansas City Royals organizations. In 2010, O'Connor signed with the New York Mets
and played for the Buffalo Bison of the International League. He pitched to a record of 5-2
in 70.2 innings with a 2.67 ERA.
In 2011 O'Connor returned to the Major League as a member of the New York Mets bullpen.
During a two-week stint in parts of May and June he was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing just
two earned runs with eight strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings of work.
O'Connor spent the 2012 season in the New York Yankees farm system, pitching at AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He appeared in 31 games with 15 starts while compiling a 3.73 ERA with three wins and 95 strikeouts.
He pitched for GW from 1999-2002 and was a member of the Atlantic 10 Championship
team in his final year.
2002 Vermont Expos (A)
2003 Savannah Sand Gnats (A)
2004 Brevard City Manatees (A)
2005 Potomac Nationals (A)
2006 New Orleans Zyphers (AAA)
2006 Washington Nationals (MLB)
2007 Harrisburg Senators (AA)
2008 Gulf Coast Nationals (Rookie), Columbus Clippers (AAA)
2009 Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Portland Beavers (AAA),
Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)
2010 Buffalo Bisons (AAA)
2011 Buffalo Bisons (AAA), New York Mets (MLB)
2012 Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA)
O'Connor's Major League Career
|2006 - Washington Nationals
|2008 - Washington Nationals
|2011 - New York Mets