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Matt Tyner named Tigers baseball coach

Matt Tyner spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Richmond.

Matt Tyner has been introduced as the new head coach of the Towson Tigers baseball team. Tyner spent the last four seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Richmond. He was also the hitting coach for the Spiders, which ranked near the top of the Atlantic 10 in several offensive categories.

“First off, I want to thank God for this opportunity,” Tyner said. “Secondly, I want to thank President Kim Schatzel and Athletic Director Tim Leonard for having the faith and the truth in me to guide the Towson University baseball program. I am very excited for this opportunity as it fulfills a life-long dream.”

This past season, Tyner helped guide the Tigers to an offense that finished top five in the Atlantic 10 with a .280 team batting average, 522 hits, and 103 doubles. In 2016 the Spiders ranked top 20 nationally with a .308 batting averaged. They were ranked 15th with 127 doubles, fourth with 2.44 doubles per game and 32nd with a .454 slugging percentage.

“We are very excited for Matt to be our next head coach,” Leonard said. “We had a very talented candidate pool, and Matt stood out with his vision of turning this program into a contender. His success as a player and coach, as well as in the business sector, made him the ideal person to be the best head coach at Towson.”

Before becoming an assistant at Richmond, Tyner was the head coach at Bellarmine. He also had two different stints as the top assistant at Butler. Tyner coaches several youth teams in Indiana and won back-to-back under-17 national titles as an assistant for the Indiana Bulls.

Tyner was a very accomplished collegiate player, starting for your years at the University of Miami, where he won three College World Series. He tied the Hurricane’s home run record and was eventually a ninth round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent three years in the Orioles system and led the entire organization with 33 home runs in 1981 while hitting .301. Multiple surgeries for bone chips in his right elbow ended his professional career in 1983 before he turned to a career in coaching.

“I fully understand the responsibility that has been given to me, and I will promise to uphold the Towson University values and mission statement to the best of my ability. I look forward to meeting everyone, including the members of my new team, the alumni, the administration and staff, and all of those fans of Tiger Athletics.

“The amount of support and level of commitment that I have received from Tim and his staff continues to show me that Towson baseball has a bright future ahead. I look forward to hitting the ground running with my new team.”

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