Gabe Ribas is in his first season as assistant coach for the baseball team in 2009-2010. He will work primarily with the Crusaders pitchers as well as coordinating all recruiting efforts for the team. Ribas spent the prior two seasons at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. where he dedicated his time to coaching outfielders, as well as handling the majority of the Wildcat recruiting efforts.
Ribas' also brings a wealth of professional and collegiate experience to Mount St. James. Born in California, and raised in Brunswick, Maine, Ribas was named USA Today's Maine State Player of the Year in 1998. He moved on to Northwestern University, where he pitched for the Wildcats from 1999-2002. A stand-out athlete, Ribas was a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2000 and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team in 2002.
In 2002, Ribas was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft by the San Diego Padres. In his first professional season in Class A ball, Ribas was named the Rolaids Relief Man of the year for the Eugene Emeralds, compiling an 8-1 record with 16 saves as their closer. He was recognized as a Northwest League All-Star and was later named to the Em's 50th Anniversary team. In 2003, Ribas was named the San Diego Padres Minor League Pitcher of the year. Leading all of the minor leagues in wins with a record of 17-8 between Low Class A (Ft. Wayne) and High A (Lake Elsinore), Ribas also led the Padres organization in strikeouts. His success in 2003 helped Ribas to earn a spot on the Fort Wayne Wizards All-Time Team. After his time in the Padres organization, Ribas played in the Can-Am League with the Quebec Capatiles and was named the league's right handed pitcher of the year for the 2006 season.
Ribas first started coaching in 2006 at Bowdoin College as the Polar Bears pitching coach. In 2007, he was a full-time staff member at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL where he oversaw the work of pitchers. Ribas earned a dual-degree in Communications and English from Northwestern in 2002 and currently resides in Worcester.