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Riggs Coaching for 21 Years, Wins First Division Title in 25 Years

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Top row on the left, coach Farron Riggs poses with the varsity baseball team after winning against Poolesville HS and becoming Division champs. Riggs has been coaching at RHS for the past 21 years.

Top row on the left, coach Farron Riggs poses with the varsity baseball team after winning against Poolesville HS and becoming Division champs. Riggs has been coaching at RHS for the past 21 years.

Photo by Sarah D'Souza

Photo by Sarah D'Souza

Top row on the left, coach Farron Riggs poses with the varsity baseball team after winning against Poolesville HS and becoming Division champs. Riggs has been coaching at RHS for the past 21 years.

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Twenty-one years ago, before this year’s seniors were even born, varsity baseball coach Farron Riggs was stepping onto the RHS baseball diamond for the first time as the JV coach. Unlike many teachers and coaches who move around MCPS numerous times, Riggs has stayed with the Rams, cementing a bond with the community that is not easily replicated.

“If I left Rockville I’m not sure I would be able to connect with kids in another community. I’m sure I’d be able to adapt, but I like what we have here and that’s why I’ve stayed so long,” Riggs said.

Riggs first coached JV for two years before moving to varsity where he has coached for the past 19. He has not had a losing season since the 2015 season, and even then the boys were only two games below an even record. The last two years the team has made it to the regional finals.


This season, the boys defeated Poolesville HS 8-7 April 20 to earn their first division title in 25 years and Riggs’ first as head coach. The boys were down by four in the final inning, and came back to win off of a walkoff single.

This season, the boys defeated Poolesville HS 8-7 April 20 to earn their first division title in 25 years and Riggs’ first as head coach. The boys were down by four in the final inning, and came back to win off of a walkoff single.

“I think it’s great for the kids– they get to win something they can always come back and say, ‘that was our division title’ that’s awesome. For me that’s more important than something for me– it’s for them, I want this for them. I’m extremely happy for them we couldn’t be more proud,” Riggs said.

Junior outfielder Colin Gabele is in his second year on varsity, and was with the team when they lost to Huntingtown HS in the regional finals the last two years. Gabele attributes a lot of the team’s success to Riggs’ persistent and compassionate coaching style.

“Riggs is the type of coach that will not only push you to your limits on the field, but who will also push you to be the best all around person you can be. He cares about us as people and as players,” Gabele said.

Since 2014 the team has only had two losing seasons and their overall record since 2014 is 47-40, which results in a .5875 win percentage. Matthew Marsteller (‘16) was on the team during the 2014 season and understands why the team has been so successful for the past several years.

“Rockville baseball’s recent success isn’t a coincidence. Farron [Riggs] is a smart coach who makes the game fun and relaxed,” Marsteller said. “However he is not afraid to give you a vicious death stare if you’re being lazy… I loved playing for him because he commands respect while maintaining his outgoing personality.”

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