Lyons Selected as Head Baseball Coach
Following a national search, SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt has announced that an agreement has been reached, making Sean Lyons SIUE's head baseball coach. Read More
Sean Lyons was announced as SIUE’s head baseball coach June 21.
Lyons came to SIUE after most recently serving as the associate head coach at Bradley. He is the fourth head coach in program history.
A native of Byron, Illinois, Lyons just completed his seventh season on the Bradley baseball staff where he served as recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor. The 2016 season was his first as the program’s associate head coach. This season, the Braves ranked No. 9 nationally averaging 2.32 doubles per game. The Braves were third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a .283 batting average and 116 doubles.
Pitching Coach Brandon Scott joined the SIUE baseball staff in July 2016. Scott came to SIUE after two years as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wabash Valley College, a community college in Mount Carmel, Illinois.
In addition to his duties as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wabash Valley, Scott was involved in nearly every facet of the program, including monitoring student-athletes academic success.
In 2015, the Warriors claimed the Region XXIV championship while finishing the season 47-13. Scott’s pitching staff finished the year with a 2.40 earned run average as a team while amassing 506 strikeouts in 465 innings of work.
Tyler Hancock joined SIUE’s baseball staff in July 2016 and will with the Cougars’ infielders and catchers as well as the SIUE hitters. Hancock comes to Edwardsville after a two-year stint as SIU Carbondale’s volunteer assistant, where he worked with the Salukis’ hitters and catchers.
During the summer of 2015, Hancock worked on the staff of the Bourne Braves in the famed Cape Cod League, a team which included 19 players that were drafted by Major League organizations.
He spent the 2014 season as an assistant at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. The Tigers finished 38-17 with Hancock on staff. Five players went on to play at NCAA Division I institutions following his time there. In 2013, Hancock served as a student coach at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joe Kelch joined SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons’ staff as a volunteer assistant in September 2016 following a four-year playing career at Illinois State.
At SIUE, Kelch will assist with infield defense as well as work with Cougar hitters.
As a player, the native of Peoria, Illinois, played in 163 games for the Redbirds making 136 career starts primarily as a second baseman. Kelch finished with a career batting average of .289 while racking up 152 hits and 63 RBIs in his Redbird career.