RIC Names Frank Holbrook Head Baseball Coach

Frank Holbrook and Frank Sanchez

Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College has named Frank Holbrook as its new head baseball coach.

“I am honored to lead the Rhode Island College baseball program as the next head coach,” Holbrook said. “I would like to thank Don Tencher, President Frank Sánchez, Art Pontarelli and Eric Blanchard for this great opportunity. I look forward to working with talented student-athletes who want to be a part of a culture with high expectations on the field, in the classroom and in the community. With the vision and support of our administration, our goal as a baseball program is to win championships and that will be the expectation going forward.”

Holbrook spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Wheaton College baseball program from 2014-2018 where he was responsible for the development of all pitchers on the staff and served as the program's recruiting coordinator. In 2017, Wheaton advanced to the College World Series for the third time since 2006. In 2016, Wheaton won the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship.  The Lyons went on to compete in the 2016 NCAA New England Regional Championship as the No. 1 seed.

The 2016 Wheaton pitching staff had the second lowest WHIP in the country at 1.16, had two All-New England Pitchers and one All-American closer who led the nation in saves at (13). In the past five seasons at Wheaton, Holbrook coached 21 All-Conference players, 10 All-New England players and two All-Americans.

Over his four-year career playing in a Wheaton uniform, Holbrook helped the Lyons to a 139-45 record, four NEWMAC regular season titles and tournament championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a second place finish in the 2012 College World Series. Holbrook ranks inside the top-10 in several pitching categories for the Lyons. He is first overall in earned run average (ERA) at 2.32. Holbrook also ranks second in wins (26), is tied for third in innings pitched (255.2), fourth in shutouts (three) and sixth in complete games (six). In 2012, Holbrook posted a 10-0 record with a 1.38 ERA, which are both school records for a single season.

Holbrook also hauled in several individual awards including two NEIBA All-New England second team selections, one NEIBA All-New England third team honor, a D3baseball.com All-New England second team nod, one D3baseball.com All-New England third team selection and three NEWMAC All-Conference first team honors. In 2013, Holbrook received the Chad Yowell Athlete Award as Wheaton’s top male athlete of the year.

In the summer of 2013, Holbrook served as an assistant coach with the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) after pitching for the NECBL champion Gulls in 2012.

Holbrook is a native of Middletown, R.I. and graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School in 2008. At the Abbey, Holbrook was a three-sport varsity athlete in football, hockey and baseball. He was named All- State by the Providence Journal in baseball during his senior year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wheaton College in 2013.