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Baseball Head Coach Dan Fitzgerald Announces Coaching Staff

KU Athletics ReleaseJune 23, 2022

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Head Baseball Coach Dan Fitzgerald announced his coaching staff today, assembling an experienced group with deep recruiting ties specifically to the Midwest and the larger national landscape. All three assistant coaches have served as recruiting coordinators for Division I baseball programs as well as coaching stints at the Junior College level.
Name, Title
Brandon Scott, Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Tyler Hancock, Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach
Jon Coyne, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Wally Marciel, Director of Baseball Operations
“I am extremely excited about this staff that is coming to Kansas,” Fitzgerald said. “All three of these men are excellent leaders, developers and recruiters. It’s critical to bring in a group that has worked in different settings and can combine their philosophies to teach our student-athletes. The knowledge and hard work this coaching staff will bring to the program will help us compete in the Big 12 on an annual basis.”

Brandon Scott, Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach

Scott comes to Kansas after spending the last six seasons at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville as the Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach. His pitching staff lowered its team ERA in each of his first four full seasons with the Cougars. Since SIUE moved to the Division I level in 2009, Scott’s group set a new season team record for opponent strikeouts in both 2018 and 2019. Prior to the cancelation of the 2020 season, SIUE ranked sixth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

Scott also held the title of Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach at both Wabash Valley College (2014-16) and Des Moines Area Community College (2007-10) as well as Volunteer Assistant at Eastern Kentucky (200607). Fitzgerald and Scott worked on the same staff at DMACC from 2007 to 2010.

Scott’s Coaching Career Highlights

  • 60 student-athletes transferred to play Division I Baseball
  • 20 MLB Draft Selections
  • Eight NJCAA All-Americans
  • Five region Pitchers of the Year
  • Two MLB players
  • One NJCAA Player of the Year
  • One ABCA Player of the Year

In 2015, Wabash Valley claimed the Region XXIV championship while finishing the season 47-13. Scott’s pitching staff finished the year with a 2.40 team ERA, while recording 506 strikeouts in 465 innings of work. In Scott’s time at Wabash Valley, 19 pitchers continued playing at a higher level as eight pitchers from the 2016 team moved on to NCAA Division I schools, and 11 pitchers moved on to the Division I level following the 2015 season.

During his tenure at Des Moines Area Community College, the team advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series in 2008 and 2009. Scott recruited and coached 13 players who were selected in the MLB Draft and 24 who signed with Division I institutions.

A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Scott earned his associate’s degree from Wabash Valley College in 2002 and his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006Scott played two seasons at Wabash Valley College in 2001-02 and two seasons at Eastern Kentucky in 2003-04. Scott, and his wife, Denise, have one daughter, Reese.

Fitzgerald on Scott: “Brandon and I worked together at Des Moines Area Community College for three seasons. His experience and success recruiting and developing pitchers is why he was one of my first calls when I accepted the job at KU. His familiarity of the Midwest region and ability to identify top pitchers will be essential in bringing some of the best talent to Kansas.”

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2022-PresentKansasAssistant Coach/Pitching Coach
2016-22Southern Illinois – EdwardsvilleRecruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach
2014-16Wabash Valley CollegeRecruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach
2007-10Des Moines Area Community CollegeRecruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach
2006-07Eastern KentuckyVolunteer Assistant

Tyler Hancock, Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach

Hancock joins the staff after two seasons as an Assistant Coach at California Baptist University where he served as the recruiting coordinator and worked with catchers, infielders and outfielders. During his two years at CBU, the program went 76-36 with a 47-19 mark in conference. They also won a share of the 2021 Western Athletic Conference regular season title with a 29-7 league record.

Fourteen CBU players earned All-WAC honors over the past two seasons under Hancock’s tutelage, including Damon Keith being named the WAC Player of the Year in 2021 and Harrison Spohn receiving WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022, while also leading the conference in doubles. During Hancock’s tenure as hitting coach, the 2022 Lancers led the WAC in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The Lancers’ batting average ranked third in the nation.

Before CBU, Hancock was a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Dallas Baptist for one season (2020), an Assistant Coach for three seasons at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (2017-19), a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Southern Illinois for two seasons (2015-16), an Assistant Coach for one season at Cowley County Community College (2014) and a student coach at Newman University (2013). During the summer of 2015, Hancock also worked on the staff of the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League, a team which included 19 players that were drafted by Major League organizations.

Hancock’s Coaching Career Highlights

  • 19 players selected in the MLB Draft from the Bourne Braves when he served as an assistant coach
  • Helped California Baptist to a 76-36 record, with a 47-19 mark in conference over two seasons
  • California Baptist won a share of the 2021 WAC regular season title
  • Coached the 2021 WAC Player of the Year and 2022 WAC Defensive Player of the Year
  • California Baptist led the WAC in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2022
  • 14 student-athletes received All-WAC honors, including two outfielders and two catchers

A native of Washington, Oklahoma, Hancock earned an associate’s degree from Cowley County Community College in 2010 before graduating with a bachelor of arts in sports communication and a minor in pre-law from Newman University in 2013. In 2016, Hancock received a master’s of education in sport management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Tyler, and his wife, Natalie, have one son, Tucker, and one daughter, Josie.

Fitzgerald on Hancock: “Tyler is a bright, rising star in college baseball coaching. I had the opportunity to work with Tyler for a season at Dallas Baptist where he was an excellent addition on the staff, just like he will be here at KU. Tyler was an outstanding college baseball player and hitter. He will be able to instill his hitting knowledge into our student-athletes to help make us one of the best offenses in the Big 12.”

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2022-PresentKansasAssistant Coach/Hitting Coach
2020-22California BaptistAssistant Coach
2019-20Dallas BaptistVolunteer Assistant Coach
2016-19Southern Illinois – EdwardsvilleAssistant Coach
2014-16Southern IllinoisVolunteer Assistant Coach
2015Bourne BravesAssistant Coach
2013-14Cowley County Community CollegeAssistant Coach
2012-13Newman UniversityStudent Assistant Coach

Jon Coyne, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Coyne arrives at Kansas following four seasons at University of New Mexico as the Infield Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. He was also responsible for working directly with the hitters where his team’s batting average was at least .285 every year.

Coyne’s recruiting efforts resulted in the highest ranked high school class in program history in 2020 as the group was ranked 33rd by Perfect Game on signing day. His JUCO signing classes also received high marks by Perfect Game as the 2022 class was ranked No. 20 and the 2020 class came in at No. 22.

Prior to New Mexico, Coyne was Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Howard College for two seasons (2017-18) and Cisco College for two seasons (2015-16). He also spent time as a volunteer assistant at Wichita State (2013-14) and University of Texas – Pan American (fall of 2012).

Coyne’s Coaching Career Highlights

  • 79 student-athletes who have transferred to play Division I Baseball
  • 20 MLB Draft selections
  • Highest ranked high school recruiting class in program history at New Mexico in 2020 (33rd by Perfect Game)
  • New Mexico’s JUCO signing classes were ranked No. 20 in 2022 and No. 22 in 2020 by Perfect Game
  • New Mexico hit at least .285 every year under his hitting instruction
  • Howard led all NJCAA programs in home runs with 131 in 2018
  • Cisco made an appearance in the 2016 NJCAA World Series and an NJCAA Region V Championship

While at Howard, Coyne helped develop 38 players that transferred to Division I programs and had four players selected in the MLB Draft. Howard helped the team post a 71-42 overall record and made regional appearances in each of his two seasons at Howard. In 2018, Howard led all NJCAA programs in home runs with 131.

Coyne’s two seasons at Cisco were highlighted by an appearance in the 2016 NJCAA World Series and an NJCAA Region V Championship that year. Cisco had a 90-30 record and made regional appearances in both of his seasons. Coyne assisted in sending 41 student-athletes to Division I schools and had 11 players picked in the MLB Draft.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Coyne played collegiately at El Paso Community College (2008-09) and at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2010). He graduated in 2012 from University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies.

Fitzgerald on Coyne: “Jon is one of the best recruiters in the country and that’s one of the reasons I asked him to come to Kansas. His ability to connect with student-athletes and develop them into great baseball players and men is extraordinary. Jon’s recruiting roots are in the south and we will use his expertise in that region to identify and sign top talent.”

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2022-PresentKansasAssistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2018-22New MexicoInfield Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2016-18Howard CollegeAssistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2014-16Cisco CollegeAssistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2013-14Wichita StateVolunteer Assistant Coach
2012University of Texas – Pan AmericanVolunteer Assistant

Wally Marciel – Director of Baseball Operations

Marciel will enter his ninth season as the Director of Baseball Operations. Marciel originally joined the staff in August 2014 and recently completed his eighth season in the role. He is in charge of helping coordinate travel and meals, managing the operations of all Jayhawk baseball camps, providing logistical support at games and incorporating analytical technology into student-athletes development. A native of Kailua, Hawaii, Marciel attended Kansas and pitched five seasons for the Jayhawks from 2007-11.

Fitzgerald on Marciel: “Wally has been an integral part of the day-to-day behind the scenes efforts for Kansas Baseball over the last eight seasons. His relationships with the student-athletes, baseball alumni and community will be invaluable to our whole staff.”

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