Head coach Terry Rooney announced on Tuesday that former program director of operations Andy Chriscaden has been promoted to volunteer assistant coach, while former Knights' catcher Ryan Breen will fill Chriscaden's vacated position of director of operations.
During Chriscaden's two seasons as director of operations, he coordinated and organized team travels and operations inside the baseball program as well as assisted with Rooney's baseball camps, according to a UCF baseball press release.
"Andy had done a tremendous job as our director of operations the last two years, and I am excited to now have him on the field every day with our players," Rooney said in the release. "His experience, knowledge and competitive presence will be of great value to our players and look forward to having him in a UCF uniform this year."
While competing for Rooney from 2010-13, Breen appeared in 158 games, compiling a .270 batting average with eight home runs 91 RBIs.
The Palm City native played two years of professional baseball, splitting time in the Frontier League with the Rockford Aviators and the Canadian-American Association with the New Jersey Jackals.
At the plate, he posted a .240 average with ten doubles, six home runs and 33 RBIs in 97 minor league games. Behind the plate, he caught in 78 games and posted a .988 percent fielding percentage.
“Having Ryan back in the Black and Gold means so much to me and is a huge addition to our program,” Rooney said. “Ryan was an outstanding player and helped guide us to back-to-back NCAA Regionals. He understands what it means to play at UCF and takes great pride in being an alum. His experience as a player, both collegiately and professionally, will be an asset to our program.”
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