VSN (admin) Posted Tuesday August 24th, 2021 – 7:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University athletic director Dr Dennis McDonald retired the interim title on Wednesday appointing Tyler Henry head coach of the Evangel baseball program.
“After further examining Tyler’s loyalty and efforts as an assistant baseball coach, the college administration and I chose to give Tyler the opportunity for a full interview before the end of the year. ,” McDonald said. “During the interview process, Tyler was very impressive. He was able to show his passion for the program as well as an exceptional written vision and strategic plan for immediate and future success. It was very clear to all of us that we should take the interim title away and name him as our next baseball head coach.”
Henry was appointed interim head coach on August 10 following the resignation of Russell Brand. Henry joined his alma mater in 2019 as an assistant coach, after guiding Marshfield (Mo.) High School to a 20-9 record as a head coach. He inherited a 3-21 team at MHS, then helped the Blue Jays to a 10-15 record in 2017, before surpassing the 20-win plateau the following spring.
“I consider it an incredible honor and immense privilege to lead the baseball program of my beloved alma mater in their quest to achieve excellence and reach their full potential,” added Henri. “I am grateful for the many opportunities to come to serve student-athletes, baseball and others, and to play a vital role in the overall success of the Athletics Department at Evangel University. Finally, I thank Dr McDonald, Dr McCorcle and Dr Rakes for considering me for this position and allowing me to share with them the vision for this program that the Lord has passed on to me.”
Prior to coming to Marshfield, Henry began his head coaching career at Buffalo High School (Mo.), where he set up a program that had won just five games the previous season. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Willard High School where he was the Tigers’ catch and strike instructor. During his tenure, Willard won three consecutive district titles and made consecutive appearances in the state semifinals in 2012 and 2013.
An all-talk catcher for Evangel in 2008, Henry also won the Heart Gold Glove Award in catcher while leading the club in circuits and RBIs. He played for head coach Lance Quessenberry during his time in the EU where he averaged .320 in his senior season and reached over .300 for his career while winning NAIA Academic All honors. -America in 2007 and 2008 and won the NAIA Champions of Character. reward every year as well.
Henry played his first two college seasons at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas for NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Galen McSpadden. While in Seward County, he won all conference honors after each of his two seasons.
A native of Denver, Henry graduated in 2004 from Denver Christian High School, where he was a four-year starter for the baseball team and a three-year All-Metro League first-team selection. He also won All-State First Team Honors in Class 3 and played in the Colorado Top 50 Senior Showcase at Coors Field. He was also a starter for three years on the grill in Denver Christian as a running back and linebacker. He was an All-Metro League selection in football for three years and captained the 2003 Colorado State Championship team in 2003.
He and his wife, Megan (Jewell) Henry have been married since 2014 and the couple live in Willard with their daughter Everly Ann (born 2017) and son Trace Garis born in 2019.
Evangel Baseball Heart of America Sports Conference Staff