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Purdue promotes Tristan McIntyre to Pitching Coach

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball alumnus Tristan McIntyre has been promoted from volunteer assistant to full-time status and will work with the program’s pitching staff, head coach Doug Schreiber has announced.

McIntyre replaces former colleague Ryan Sawyers, who is returning to his alma mater, West Virginia Wesleyan, to serve as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator as well as move his family closer to his hometown in Western Maryland.

McIntyre was a member of the Purdue pitching staff from 2003-08, lettering three times. The Lafayette native joined the coaching staff before the start of fall practice a year ago after spending two seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Bluffton University in Ohio.

McIntyre served as a bullpen and first base coach during the 2011 season, helping lead the Boilers to a program-record-tying 37 wins. He also assisted with defensive instruction and threw batting practice.

Purdue led the Big Ten in saves, strikeouts and fewest walked issued last season. Seven different Purdue pitchers tallied at least one save for the second year in a row, establishing a new school record with 21 as a team. The 2011 pitching staff also set new school records with a 2.85 strikeout-to-walk ratio and average of 2.63 walks per nine innings.

McIntyre returned to Purdue after coaching in the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League with the Lima Locos in 2010. Under his direction, Locos’ pitchers lead the GLCSL in strikeouts.

McIntyre earned a degree in history from Purdue and an MBA from Bluffton. While playing baseball at Purdue, McIntyre was also involved with numerous youth programs in the Lafayette area. He served as the pitching coach for American League Post 11 in the summer of 2006 and the Lafayette Colts travel baseball club in the summer of 2008. As a senior at McCutcheon High School, he helped lead the Mavericks to the 2003 IHSAA 4A state championship.

Former Big Leaguer Jeff Duncan remains on staff as a Purdue assistant, beginning his third year with the program. Sawyers completed his fifth season with the Boilers in 2011. He was also a one-time volunteer assistant before returning to campus in a full-time role in August of 2008.