|Position:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
Matt Tyner enters his fourth season as head coach Tracy Woodson’s top assistant. Tyner serves as the teams’ recruiting coordinator and hitting coach.
Over the last two seasons, the Spiders have been among the nation’s best offenses. Under Tyner’s guidance, the Spiders have had 11 all-conference honorees, including the 2015 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Michael Morman. It was the first Player of the Year honor for the program since 2003. That season, Morman was sixth nationally in doubles (25), 14th in batting average (.389) and 21st in hits (88). Since joining the Spider Baseball program, Tyner has had two players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft: Matt Dacey and Tanner Stanley, both in 2015.
During his third season, the Spiders had the best batting average in the country in back-to-back weeks, and were ranked in the top-20 in the category throughout the season. The team finished with a .308 average, which was the best average in more than a decade. Richmond was also ranked 15th in doubles (127), fourth in doubles per game (2.44), and 32nd in slugging percentage (.454). Individually, Michael Morman finished ranked 16th in doubles per game.
The 2015 season was a banner year for the Spiders with one of the Atlantic 10’s most potent offenses. Richmond, who finished the season 28-25, and made their fifth-straight Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament appearance, led the league in home runs (57), which ranked them 19th nationally. The team also recorded the most RBI (337) since 2007, the most doubles (107) since 2008, the best batting average (.286) since 2010, and the best team slugging percentage (.450) since 2003. Not only did the Spider bats shine in the league, but they ranked in the top 50 nationally in home runs per game, home runs, runs per game, slugging percentage, doubles per game and runs.
In Tyner’s first season with Richmond, the team led the conference in home runs (36) and also ranked in the top-five in slugging percentage, runs, RBI, doubles, walks and total bases.
Prior to joining Woodson at Richmond, Tyner was the head coach at Bellarmine University in Kentucky for two season. During his tenure, Tyner posted a 60-46 record, leading the Knights to a GLVC conference championship in 2013.
Before taking over the program at Bellarmine, Tyner completed two different stints as the top assistant at Butler for a total of seven years and also coached several youth baseball teams in the Indianapolis area, winning back-to-back 17-under national titles when he was an assistant coach for the Indiana Bulls.
A highly successful collegiate player in his own right, Tyner was a four-year starter for the University of Miami, where he helped lead the Hurricanes to three College World Series. A power hitting outfielder, Tyner was named the 1980 Baskin Robbins Player of the Year and tied the Miami home run record.
Tyner was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent three years in the Orioles system, leading the entire organization in home runs in 1981 with 33, while hitting .301. His professional career came to a halt in 1983 after multiple surgeries for bone chips in his right elbow.
Tyner, a native or Decatur, Ill., completed his bachelor’s degree in business communications at Concordia University’s Indianapolis campus.