Matt Tyner, Towson Tigers

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Matt Tyner of the Towson Tigers is nothing if not energetic and passionate. Everything he does–whether it has been related to business, baseball or family–the former University of Miami slugger is all in, all the time.

That is the same approach he is taking as the new head baseball coach at Towson University. Tyner was named the Tigers’ bench boss on June 22, after most recently serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Richmond.

Tyner replaced Mike Gottlieb, who served as the Tigers’ head coach for the past 30 years. Towson failed to reach the break-even mark in each of the last four campaigns, including a 20-34 overall record and a 6-18 slate in the Colonial Athletic in 2017.

Ironically, after helping guide the Hurricanes to three College World Series appearances and being named the Baskin Robbins Player of the Year while tying the Miami home run record in 1980, Tyner was drafted in the ninth round by the Baltimore Orioles. He played three seasons in the minor leagues before a series of elbow surgeries ended his playing days. Even though he never toiled in the big leagues, he has attained a lifelong goal of running a Division I program while at the same time finally reaching Baltimore.

Tyner, who also has been an assistant at Butler and served as head coach at Division II Bellarmine in Kentucky, said all the proper things at his introductory press conference. He also added some atypical comments, which reveal just how passionate and serious he is about making the Tigers a perennial contender in the Colonial Athletic.

“To all of our opponents, I’m going to make this the toughest place you guys ever decided to play,” Tyner said. “We’re going to come at you as hard and as fast as we possibly can. Welcome to the jungle, baby.”

About the author, Bill

Bill Ballew has been involved with collegiate and professional baseball since 1983. He has been the Atlanta correspondent for Baseball America since 1991 and has served as the editorial content manager for Baseball The Magazine for more than five years. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).