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Thursday, July 23, 2009Lipscomb Bisons baseball coach Jeff Forehand has announced the addition of pitching coach Tyler Shrout.
“I can sense in his voice his passion for the game and his passion for coaching pitchers,” said Forehand. “He is dynamic in what he does and how he talks about it. I think our guys are really going to catch on with him. He is going to be a good fit right away.”
Shrout has spent the past three seasons with Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. In 2009 the team finished with a 28-11 record, winning the Eastern Division Championship in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III. The pitching staff, which consisted primarily of freshmen and sophomores, posted a 3.66 earned run average, first in the conference and 18th in NCAA Division III.
His other responsibilities at Birmingham-Southern included camp director, recruiting, arranging team travel, checking academic progress and field maintenance.
Forehand likes to be involved with all aspects of his team, but he wants the pitchers to understand they are working for the pitching coach.
“I have always told the pitching coach that I want the guys to realize they are pitching for him and that he is a direct arm of me and an extension to what we are doing,” said Forehand. “I want the pitching coach to talk to me and communicate what is going on.
“Arguably, the most important part of a baseball team is the pitching staff and who takes the ball out there every day. For me to be able to turn that over to Tyler I knew I would have to have confidence in him from the beginning.”
Shrout pointed to Forehand and the coaching staff as the main reasons for his decision to accept a new position.
“Getting to know Jeff Forehand is a big reason why I am excited about his move,” said Shrout. “I had heard great things about him and I got the opportunity to get to know him and his staff.
“I have heard nothing but good things about Mr. Philip Hutcheson (athletics director) and the city of Nashville. Lipscomb is a high academic school and has quality student athletes. The situation is very similar to where I have played and coached before.”
Shrout oversaw a 40 percent increase in camp enrollment for both 2008 and 2009. The team also finished with a 3.04 grade point average with 24 players earning a 3.0 or higher.
He will face the challenge of working with a pitching staff that will be missing two of its top three starters _ left-hander Rex Brothers, the No. 34 pick of the Colorado Rockies in the First Round-Supplemental of the Major League First Year Players Draft; and Brandon McClurg.
“Rex is somebody who is going to be hard to replace,” said Shrout. “It is going to be very exciting to work with new people on the staff.”
Shrout has also served as head coach of the Bama Bombers Select Senior team for the past two seasons.
From 2002-2006 Shrout played baseball at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. He was a two-time First Team All-Heartland Conference selection as a pitcher. He holds records at Transylvania for lowest earned run average, most strikeouts and most innings pitched in a single season. He also was part of Transylvania’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III and helped lead the team to its first ever conference tournament.
“Tyler is going to come in with his philosophy and what he believes are the staples of teaching pitching,” said Forehand. “This is his first opportunity to be in Division I baseball. We are going to be blessed to have him here.”
Shrout earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Transylvania in 2006.