FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Matt Tyner, a stand-out baseball player in the collegiate and professional ranks, is returning to the Butler coaching staff for the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach. Head coach Steve Farley made the announcement on Friday (Sept. 5).
Tyner replaces Bob Keeney, who left the position after seven seasons to pursue other interests.
Tyner will be making his second stint with the Bulldogs after serving as an assistant under Farley from 1993 to 1997. He returns to the collegiate level after spending the past 10 years working with the Premier Amateur Summer Programs in Indiana.
He will work primarily with the Butler hitters and on team defense while assisting with recruiting and other administrative duties.
A feared power threat as an outfielder and third baseman during his playing days, Tyner was drafted in the ninth round of the 1980 Amateur Draft by the Baltimore Orioles from the University of Miami. He led the Orioles’ minor league system in home runs in his first two seasons, belting 33 in 1981 and 24 in 1982, and helped his Hagerstown (Md.) squad to the 1981 Carolina League Championship before injuries forced his early retirement from the game in 1983.
Tyner walked on to the Miami baseball team, where he went on to earn four letters as an outfielder and third baseman. He helped the Hurricanes to the College World Series in three of his seasons, including a third-place finish in 1980, while his 15 homers as a senior captain that year tied the school record and helped him to earn co-MVP honors.
Tyner graduated from Miami in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in business communications.