PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Gulf Coast has found their new head baseball coach.
Tyler Younger will take over the Commodores program next season.
Younger is currently working with the Mississippi State baseball team as the coordinator of player development.
Before that though, he was actually an assistant coach at Gulf Coast State, working with former baseball coach Mike Kandler.
He was at Gulf Coast from 2016 to 2018 before going to Mississippi State.
“When I left in ’18 to come to Mississippi State, I told my wife as we were leaving, I would love to come back and be in charge at Gulf Coast someday so when the opportunity came up a few weeks ago and I saw Coach Kandler was gonna be just the athletic director I threw my name in the hat and see what happens, sure enough I was lucky enough to get it so we’re excited,” Younger said.
This will be Younger’s first head coaching gig. He played college ball at Methodist University and in 2013 went to play at NC State.
He also made coaching stops at Bradley University, with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, and NC State University.
Although he’s not with the Commodores just yet as Mississippi State’s season is not over just yet. However, Younger still has clear goals with the team for that first season.
“I know it’s been a few years since they went to the state tournament so one of the short term goals when I get there is to be in the top two of the panhandle conference and make that state tournament and go from there, but all that starts from being better every day. So that’s the goal is to help the guys get one percent better every single day and that will compound over time and you hope by the end of the season it will stick and you will be in good shape,” Younger said.
Younger said he aims to be in Panama City as soon as the Mississippi State Bulldogs have finished their season.