Fred Orchard enters his second season as the head baseball coach at Raritan Valley Community College
In his first year at the helm, Orchard guided the Lions to their best finish in over a decade. After the
program did not field a team the year before he took over, Orchard led the 2019 RVCC Lions to an 8-22-
1 record. He coached two All- Garden State Athletic Conference players in Paul Hamilton and Andrew
Grasso, with Hamilton being named to the All-Region XIX team as well. The Lions also had three
Academic All-Americans in 2018-19.
Additionally, Orchard is the head coach of the Jersey Pilots in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League
(ACBL), an MLB-funded collegiate summer league. Orchard led the Pilots to the 2018 ACBL
Championship Series, where they fell to the Quakertown Blazers. Orchard has been selected as a coach
for Team ACBL in the ACBL vs. NYCBL All-Star game in 2018 and 2019. Three of the players Orchard
coached in 2018 ASG were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Before coming to Raritan Valley, Orchard was an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University –
Florham Campus for six seasons. While at FDU-Florham, Orchard coached 23 All-MAC Freedom
Conference selections while making three MAC Freedom tournament appearances. Orchard helped
lead the Devils to a second-place finish in the 2014 ECAC tournament. In 2014, Orchard oversaw a
pitching staff that was ranked in the top 20 in NCAA DIII in both strikeouts per nine innings and walks
allowed per nine innings. In 2015 Orchard coached two pitchers that finished the year first and second
in the conference in strikeouts. In 2017 he had a pitcher throw a no-hitter against DeSales University.
Prior to FDU-Florham, Orchard was an intern Strength and Conditioning coach at Villanova University,
where he worked with the schools Football and Baseball programs. Orchard had also worked as an
instructor and coach at Fastball University (Dojo) and In The Zone Baseball Academy.
Orchard graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Exercise Science, where he was a member of
the Profs Baseball Program. Orchard played one season at Felician University and played for the Jersey
Pilots in the summer of 2010.