Traditional development of baseball players at the youth level usually begins and ends with one or two coaches (mostly dads of players).  Usually those doing the coaching have little to no experience developing the skills necessary to compete at a high level.  

The Copperheads leverage strong existing relationships with head and assistant baseball coaches at every level of the college game to assist us in player development.  In addition to the local coaching we provide, our players regularly receive intensive instruction from some of the nation's best collegiate baseball coaches.   

In addition to our local winter indoor training program, Copperheads Baseball is offering your child the unique opportunity to receive top level instruction, work with and be evaluated by coaches from regional colleges and universities at private full day camps held at the schools' indoor facilities.  Instructors include head and assistant coaches from these prestigious programs.  These events will be for Copperheads players only and provided at NO COST to parents.  




Ryan Sawyers is the head coach of the 13u team for the Virginia Copperheads.


Sawyers coached college baseball for 15 seasons at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, and Junior College levels. During his time as a coach, and currently through his sports marketing company, Sawyers talks to high school student-athletes and their parents about the process of becoming a college student-athlete.  He is an expert on NCAA recruiting rules for all levels and has helped thousands of student-athletes make the transition from high school to college.  Ryan leverages his strong relationships in the college baseball world to staff many Copperheads' practices with current NCAA coaches, providing our players the very unique experience to learn from the very best the game has to offer!


Sawyers, a pitching coach by trade, spent years as the pitching coach for Shepherd University (WV), Garden City Community College (KS), and Purdue University (IN).  Under his leadership, Sawyers' pitching staffs set the school record for strikeouts in a season at each of these schools.  During his time at Purdue University, no other program had more pitchers named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.  Pitching staffs coached by Sawyers still have the Purdue records for strikeouts in a season and strikeouts per nine innings (2010) as well as the second best season (2011) in those two categories.


During his time at Purdue, Sawyers recruited or coached players who were eventually drafted by the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, and the Chicago Cubs.


As a player, Sawyers played two seasons at Allegany College of Maryland in his hometown of Cumberland, MD. He was on the 1997 Junior College World Series team and led the Trojans in strikeouts in 1998.  During his two years at Allegany, the Trojans had an overall record of 77-13.  


After two years of junior college, Sawyers transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan College, where both his grandfather Frank "Sawbuck" Sawyers '49 and brother Jake Sawyers '95 graduated.  All three were right-handed pitchers for the Bobcats.


In 1999, Sawyers led WV Wesleyan and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) in strikeouts.  Combined with his record of 6-2, Sawyers was named the WVIAC Pitcher of the Year.  Sawyers finished nationally ranked in strikeouts per nine innings in NCAA Division II.  He finished his college career with a record of 18-6 and 201 strikeouts.  Sawyers played professionally for the independent Chillicothe Paints in 2000.  He later coached the Paints in 2004.


Sawyers received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan.  He went on to earn a master's degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University.


In November of 2015, Sawyers was elected by the people of Prince William County, Virginia to serve as the Prince William County School Board Chairman.  His four year term began on January 1, 2016.  With over 87,000 students and 11,000 employees, Prince William County Schools has a 2016-17 budget of over $1.4 billion.


Sawyers, a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan, married his wife Jaime in 2004.  They have a son, Brady, and a daughter, Chelsea.


The Sawyers Collegiate Playing/Coaching File:



1997 - Allegany College of Maryland

1998 - Allegany College of Maryland (led team in strikeouts)

1998 - LS Fiore, AAABA Baseball Team, Altoona, PA

1999 - West Virginia Wesleyan College - Conference Pitcher of the Year

1999 - Wayneboro Generals, Valley Baseball League, Wayneboro, VA

2000 - West Virginia Wesleyan College (led team in strikeouts)

2001 - Chillicothe Paints, independent professional baseball, (Record of 4-2 with 1 save)



2001 - Shepherd University

2002 - Shepherd University (set record for wins in a season)

2003 - Shepherd University

2004 - Purdue University

2004 - Chillicothe Paints, independent Professional Baseball

2005 - Allegany College of Maryland

2006 - Garden City Community College

2007 - Garden City Community College (finished one game shy of Junior College World Series)

2008 - Garden City Community College

2008 - Springfield (IL) Sliders, summer collegiate baseball team that won the Central Illinois Collegiate League Championship

2009 - Purdue University

2010 - Purdue University

2011 - Purdue University (tied record for wins in a season)

2012 - West Virginia Wesleyan College (28 win season with only 2 wins returning from previous season's pitching staff)

2013 - University of Mary Washington

2014 - University of Mary Washington

2015 - University of Mary Washington