Tyler Hancock named volunteer assistant coach for SIU Baseball




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    Sept. 2, 2014

    By Rico Cruz
    SIUSalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. –
    Southern Illinois has named Tyler Hancock as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2015 season, head coach Ken Henderson announced on Friday. Hancock will join the staff where he will work with catchers, coach first base, and assist with hitters.

    “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an outstanding staff,” said Hancock. “It is an exciting time to be a part of Saluki baseball and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team win.”

    Hancock joins the Salukis after spending the 2014 season as a coach at Cowley County Community College where he also coached first base and worked with catchers, outfielders, and hitters. Last season, the Tigers had an impressive season, racking up a record of 38-17. Prior to joining the Cowley coaching staff, Hancock served as a student coach at Newman University where he had the same responsibilities.

    “We are fortunate to have Tyler join our staff,” said Henderson. “He comes from one of the best junior college programs in the country where he experienced great success as a player and a coach.  His work ethic and baseball knowledge will be a big asset, especially for our catchers.”

    A native of Washington, Okla., Hancock brings plenty of baseball experience to SIU. He spent his first two collegiate seasons (2009-10) at Cowley where he was a standout player under Dave Burroughs. As a freshman, Hancock played in 50 games with 122 at-bats, 23 RBI and a .311 batting average. He also competed in the junior college World Series that year. Hancock followed his debut season with an even better sophomore year, when he played in 50 games, had 44 RBI and improved his batting average to .370. During his time at Cowley, he was also selected to participate in the Kansas Jayhawk All-Star game. Hancock spent his junior year with Central Oklahoma, playing in 41 games with a .336 batting average, .435 slugging percentage and 30 RBI.Hancock spent his final season at Newman University, where he earned his degree in Sport Communication.


     

     

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