In his first season at Notre Dame, the Irish saw a strong improvement on offense during the shorten season.
Notre Dame ranked fifth in the ACC with a team batting average of .302. The Irish finished in the top-five in a number of offensive categories including on-base percentage (4th – .414), slugging percentage (4th – .485), stolen bases (3rd – 35), hits per game (4th – 10.92), runs scored per game (3rd – 8.92), homers per game (3rd – 1.23), RBI per game (2nd – 7.85) and they led the ACC in stolen bases per game with 2.69. Notre Dame ranked fourth nationally in stolen bases per game and ninth in runs scored per game.
Junior Spencer Myers ended the season ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in stolen bases (15) and steals in a game (6). Myers led the ACC in hits per game (2.08) and finished third in batting average (.431), fifth in hits (25) and seventh in on-base percentage (.492). Wallace guided fellow junior Niko Kavadas to seven home runs in just 13 games, which ranked tied for first in the ACC. Kavadas held the league’s top spot in home runs per game (0.54) and was seventh in slugging percentage with a .673 mark.
University of Notre Dame baseball head coach Link Jarrett announced the hiring of Rich Wallace as an assistant coach in August of 2019.
Wallace brings 16 years of coaching experience to Notre Dame and a strong background in molding players into some of the nation’s best. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Wallace produced eight All-Americans, 49 All-Conference selections and 49 players have been selected in the MLB Draft.
Wallace joins the Irish after two years as an assistant/associate head coach at Jacksonville working primarily with the hitters, catchers and recruiting. He helped guide the Dolphins to their 15th all-time NCAA Tournament selection in 2018. The Dolphins were the No. 2 seed in the Gainesville Regional, their highest seed in school history. That season, Jacksonville led the Atlantic Sun in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored and fielding percentage.
Prior to Jacksonville, Wallace was incredibly successful in his three-year stint as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Creighton. In 2017, Creighton won the Big East regular season championship and featured a Freshman All-American (Will Robertson), a Johnny Bench Watch List member (Michael Emodi), and the most home runs hit by a Creighton team since permanently moving to TD Ameritrade. In 2016, the squad was nationally-ranked for six weeks, set a team record with a 3.26 GPA, and had 29 student-athletes received a 3.0 or better. Wallace also earned the accolade of Top Recruiter in the BIG EAST conference by D1 Baseball in 2016.
Before joining the Creighton staff, Wallace served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at High Point University for eight seasons. With the Panthers, he brought in consecutive, nationally-ranked recruiting classes for the first time in school history, and helped lead HPU to its four highest win totals in school history. Wallace mentored four All-Americans, including three freshman All-Americans.
His coaching career began in the fall of 2003 with his alma mater, the University of Central Florida. Wallace’s primary responsibilities included coaching the catchers and outfielders and coordinating the school’s camps. The 2004 squad won the ASUN Conference regular season championship and appeared in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional as an at-large team.
Wallace played for UCF from 2000-2003, earning a Third Team All-ASUN honor as a freshman and a Freshman All-American award from Collegiate Baseball. The Knights won the ASUN regular season championships from 2000-2002 and the ASUN Tournament in 2001 and 2002. Wallace and his team made the NCAA Tournament from 2000-2002 as well.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Wallace graduated from UCF in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. He and his wife, Alex, have two girls, Easton and Maxx.