Wyczawski (WHY-CHOW-SKI) becomes the program’s second head coach after serving the previous six seasons as assistant coach at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., where he assembled one of the top pitching staffs in the Ohio Valley Conference. He also served as the Racers’ recruiting coordinator.
“We are excited to have selected Paul Wyczawski as UT Tyler’s next baseball coach,” Patterson said. “Coach Wyczawski impressed the screening committee with his experience, personality and commitment to the student-athlete. He has a broad background of experience and I believe he will be an excellent fit to take over the helm of UT Tyler’s nationally competitive baseball program. He is very personable, an extremely hard worker and someone who has a great knowledge of the game of baseball.”
Patterson noted that UT Tyler received almost 150 applications from across the country, including many current college head and assistant coaches and a number of very successful high school coaches.
Wyczawski, who takes over the Patriots’ program from James Vilade, brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to UT Tyler and has helped tutor 21 players who have gone on to sign professional contracts, including six players that have gone on to the major leagues.
“I am very humbled and excited to be named the next head baseball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler. It is a tremendous opportunity and challenge, and one that I am extremely excited to begin,” Wyczawski said. “The opportunity to lead a program of UT Tyler’s stature is a dream come true. Coach Vilade has developed a nationally recognized program and it is my goal to continue that success and build on it.”
Prior to his time in Murray, Wyczawski spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, Miss. In his tenure with the Cougars, Wyczawski posted a record of 252-73 and captured three-straight state championships from 1996-98. In that time, the Cougars posted an astonishing 95-11 record. Wyczawski also led Hillcrest to state runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2003.
More than 30 of Wyczawski’s players went on to play collegiate baseball, including six in the SEC. Seth Smith (2002) and Stephen Head (2003) went on to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors before helping the US National Team to a bronze medal finish in the 2003 Pan American Games.
Wyczawski has also served as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers (1996-2003) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1994-1995).
Wyczawski began his coaching career in 1984 as the head coach at Yankton College (S.D.).
After one season at Yankton, Wyczawski spent five seasons as the head coach at Peru State (Neb.). He inherited a team that went 6-30 the season before he arrived and posted a career record of 108-100, including five trips to the NAIA postseason tournament.
Wyczawski left Peru State after the 1990 season and joined legendary coach Ron Polk’s staff as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. Wyczawski served as the assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach on two NCAA Regional Tournament teams.
In his time in Starkville, Wyczawski helped tutor first-round draft picks Jay Powell (Texas Rangers), Carlton Loewer (San Diego Padres) and B.J. Wallace (Montreal Expos).
Wyczawski played his collegiate ball at South Dakota State where he was a two-time letterwinner for the Jackrabbits. As a senior, Wyczawski served as a team captain and earned All-North Central Conference honors after hitting .375 with 22 runs scored, 20 walks and eight stolen bases. He was also named academic All-NCC in 1981.
Wyczawski spent three summers working in his hometown of New Ulm, Minn., as an American Legion coach. He helped guide former Oakland A’s all-star Terry Steinbach during the summer of 1980.
Wyczawski graduated from SDSU in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical recreation. He received his master’s degree in physical education from South Dakota in 1984 and his second master’s degree from Mississippi State in 1991 in educational leadership.
Wyczawski takes over at UT Tyler from Vilade who announced his resignation in March and is leaving UT Tyler to become vice president of the Premiere Baseball Academy in Dallas and a scout with the Florida Marlins.
“I am very impressed with the genuine concern Dr. Patterson and the committee had for the student-athletes at UT Tyler. The passion that they have to be successful, not just in baseball, but in all aspects of the educational process was very evident and something that really impressed me,” Wyczawski said. “I was also drawn in to the passion they have for developing well rounded student-athletes that succeed in the classroom and in the community.”
Since the inception of the UT Tyler baseball program in 2004, the Patriots have amassed a 230-65 record, including five American Southwest Conference East Division championships, two ASC titles and two appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Wyczawski will begin at UT Tyler later this month.
A look at Coach Wyczawski…
2003-2010: Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at Murray State University
1992-2003: Head Coach at Hillcrest Christian (Jackson, Miss.)
1996-2003: Associate Scout for Texas Rangers
1994-1995: Associate Scout for Pittsburgh Pirates
1990-2002: Assistant Coach at Mississippi State University
1985-1990: Head Coach at Peru State College
1983-1985: Head Coach at Yankton College
B.S. from South Dakota State (Physical Education)
M.A. from South Dakota (Physical Education)
M.Ed. from Mississippi State (Educational Leadership)