Tyler Rost – Director of Player Development – Baseball Coaches
In his role, Rost oversees all technology, analysis and data collection and implementation for individual player development. In addition, he coordinates efforts with athletic performance coaches, team nutritionists and athletic training staff.
In Rost’s first season at Duke, he helped the Blue Devils make program history, winning the program’s first ACC baseball tournament championship title. In addition, Rost helped Duke’s hitters total 78 home runs, placing fourth in program history and the biggest since 1998. Rost also saw two positional players, Joey Loperfido and RJ Schreck, be All caps. -ACC, and Peter Matt become the first Blue Devil in program history to hit 15 home runs and steal 15 bases.
In central North Carolina (2020-21): Prior to joining the Blue Devils, Rost returned to North Carolina Central as an assistant coach for the 2020 season after serving on the Eagles staff in 2017. He mainly worked with hitters, outfielders and receivers in 2020. while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. .
While at NC Central, Rost coached and mentored outfielder Carter Williams who signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants. Rost also oversaw the development of Luis DeLeon, the 2020 MEAC’s most impressive hitter and a 2021 preseason All-American.
To Winston Salem State (2018-20): In 2018 and 2019, Rost worked as an assistant for the Winston Salem State University baseball team. The Rams were a 65-36 combined over both seasons and were crowned HBCU National Champions and Independent D2 Tournament Champions in 2019. His hitters hit 53 HR in 2018 and steal over 100 bases each season. His field group produced MLB draft picks Randy Norris (2018, round 19) and EP Reese (2019, round 25). Rost coached third base, was heavily involved in recruiting, and contributed to the strength and conditioning of the team.
Before Winston Salem State: Rost spent the 2017 season as a volunteer assistant coach at the NCCU. He worked with hitters and was the team’s first baseball coach, as well as managing outfielder. His outfit team produced two Freshman All-Americans and three ALL-MEAC selections.
During the 2016 season, Rost was an assistant at Wake Tech Community College where he mainly worked with hitters and outfielders. Prior to joining Wake Tech, Rost spent two summers as head coach of the Genesee Rapids in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
From 2014 to 2015, Rost worked as a graduate assistant baseball coach at the University of Greenville in Illinois. He was the team’s hitting coach and also worked with receivers. With help from Rost, Greenville won the 2015 SLIAC Championship and qualified for the school’s first-ever NCAA National Tournament. Rost signed and coached SLIAC Player of the Year, wide receiver Travis Ralls.
Professional career: Rost played two seasons of professional baseball as an outfielder for the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League. The Cowboys were league champions in 2012 and Rost finished the 2013 season with a batting average of 0.337 and a base percentage of 0.500. During the offseason, he was the assistant coach of the Cedarville University baseball team for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He worked primarily with hitters and outfielders, and also coached third base and contributed to the strength and conditioning of the team.
College career (20018-11): Rost was a four-year starter at Cedarville University from 2008-2011. He saw most of his action in the outfield, but also spent time on the mound for the Yellow Jackets. Rost was a first team selection for the NCCAA All-American and the American Mideast Conference. After graduation, he held Cedarville’s all-time records for games played (213), batting (626), hits (209), runs scored (138) and walks (125 ), as well as the one-season record for the marches (48).
Originally from Rootstown, Ohio, Rost holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management from Cedarville University and a Masters in Coaching from Greenville University.
Staff: Rost currently resides in Burlington, North Carolina with his wife Kendra. The couple have a son, Jordan.