Jim Tyrrell Named Assistant Baseball Coach

August 11, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 11, 2003

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University head baseball coach Tony Guzzo announced today that Jim Tyrrell, head coach at Marist College, has been hired as the Monarchs assistant coach.

Tyrrell was at Marist (Poughkeepsie, NY.) the past four seasons, three as an assistant and last year as the head coach. Tyrrell was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2001, and assumed the head coaching duties in the fall of 2002 upon the departure of John Szefc. As head coach he led the Red Foxes to a 33-20 record and an appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament final. The team was 41-13 in 2002 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Red Foxes pitching staff saw great success under Tyrrell's tutelage, including ranking in the top-10 nationally in earned run average each of the last two years. Marist had three pitchers drafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and has had five drafted in the last three years.

"Jimmy brings to us a lot of coaching experience, both as a head coach and as an assistant. " said ODU head coach Tony Guzzo. "I am extremely pleased to have him on our staff.."

Tyrrell played his college baseball at Old Dominion University, where he went 4-0 as a freshman. After spending his sophomore season at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 14th round of the June 1992 free-agent draft.

In six years with the Red Sox, his best year was in 1994 where he finished tied for fourth in the New York-Penn League with a 20 games finished. He led his team in saves with seven, appearances (27), and opponents hit only .182 against him. In 1995 he tied for third in the league in saves and was averaging 13.32 strikeouts per nine innings before a shoulder injury shortened his career. Tyrrell pitched one year for the Newburgh Black Diamonds, an Independent League team in the Atlantic League. He also served as pitching coach in 1999 for the Waynesboro Generals in the Valley League.

Tyrrell graduated from Marist with a BS degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. He replaces Shohn Doty who resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities near his native Arkansas.