Tyler Hancock joined SIUE’s baseball staff in July 2016 and works with the Cougars’ infielders and catchers as well as the SIUE hitters. Hancock came 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.
As a player, the native of Washington, Oklahoma, spent his first two collegiate seasons at Cowley County. As a freshman, Hancock played in 50 games, hitting .311 with 23 RBIs. The team appeared in the Junior College World Series that year. Hancock followed with a strong sophomore year, hitting .370 in 50 games while adding 44 RBIs. During his time at Cowley, he also was selected to participate in the Kansas Jayhawk All-Star game. Hancock spent his junior year at Central Oklahoma, where he hit .336 with a .435 slugging percentage and 30 RBIs in 41 games. He finished his career playing one season at Newman University. In 51 games, he hit .322 with six home runs and 40 RBIs while earning a first team All-Heartland Conference selection and a spot on the Heartland All-Tournament team.
Hancock earned his bachelor’s degree in sports communication from Newman University in 2013. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports management from Southwestern Oklahoma State.
He and wife Natalie reside in Edwardsville.