Tyler Kavanaugh is in his second season as assistant coach on Chris Tracz's staff.
Kavanaugh most recently served on Sacred Heart's staff for the past three years. Last season, the Pioneers set the program's regular season for wins, had four players named all-conference, and had two go on to play professionally - including John Murphy, a sixth-round selection by the New York Yankees.
Kavanaugh’s Sacred Heart responsibilities included working with the Pioneers' hitters, catchers, and outfielders, coaching third base on game days, and overseeing the recruitment of student athletes for the Pioneer program under head coach Nick Giaquinto.
In his Sacred Heart tenure, the Pioneers have won back to back (2011 & 2012) NEC Tournament Titles and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament. In 2011, Pioneers hitters led the conference with a .308 batting average, good for 20th in the country. The 2011 team also set the school wins record with 34 victories. During Kavanaugh’s tenure, nine Pioneers have earned All-NEC Baseball accolades and three have been named New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division I All-Stars.
Kavanaugh came to Sacred Heart from DeSales University (Pa.), were he served as the top assistant for two years under Coach Tim Neiman. Kavanaugh's duties included working with the hitters and catchers, coaching 3rd base on game day, and running the recruiting efforts. While at Desales, Coach Kavanaugh saw eleven players named All-Conference and four players were awarded All-Region honors, including the Pitcher and Newcomer of the year in 2010. That same year, DeSales posted a .358 team batting average and were regular season Freedom Conference champions.
Prior to DeSales, he was the top assistant at Purchase College (NY) for two years, where he assisted Coach Bill Guerrero in all facets of the Panther baseball program. Kavanaugh has also gained valuable coaching experience while working with the prestigious Team Connecticut Blue Jays travel program.
Kavanaugh graduated with a Bachelor's in History from Kenyon College in Ohio in 2006, where we was a four-year starting catcher. He was named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference team three years and served two seasons as team captain. His senior season, he helped lead Kenyon to a school-record 27 wins and the Lords' first-ever NCAC Tournament appearance.
Kavanaugh holds a master’s of science in education degree from Virginia Tech and resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.