Tyler Best is in his first season as Indiana's volunteer assistant coach. Best, an All-American at NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State College, joins the Hoosiers after serving three years as an assistant coach for his alma mater.
"Tyler comes to us with a strong background at an NAIA power in Lewis-Clark," Smith said. "He has a track record of success and a winning attitude. As a former collegiate and professional catcher, he will provide strong coaching for our young catchers and will also be a key factor working with our hitters."
Best spent the previous three years as an assistant coach for the Warriors, where he helped them to national championships in 2006 and 2007. While also serving as the hitting and catching coach, Best served as the recruiting coordinator for a squad that saw seven of its players drafted in 2007, including third baseman Beau Mills, who was selected 13th overall by Cleveland.
In addition to working with Lewis-Clark, Best has served as an owner/instructor for the Boneyard Baseball Academy in Lewiston, Idaho, since October 2005. Prior to joining the staff at Lewis-Clark, Best served as the head coach at Moscow High School, where he led the team to a seventh-place finish in the state tournament.
As a player, Best was a 2004 NAIA honorable mention All-American in his senior season. He helped the team to national championships in both 2002 and 2003. He was also a member of the Alaska Goldpanners team that won the National Baseball Congress National Championship in 2002.
Following his collegiate career, he was drafted in the 16th round by Oakland and spent two years in the minor leagues - with the Scottsdale A's in 2004 and the Kane County Cougars in 2005.
Best earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in coaching and sports administration from Lewis-Clark in 2004. He also began in the University of Idaho's sport and recreation management master's degree program and is planning to complete his degree at IU.
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