The 2023 season is the second for Tyler Shewmaker as an assistant coach with the Vanderbilt baseball program.
In his first season with the Commodores, Shewmaker helped lead Vanderbilt to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, appearing in the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The Commodores finished the season with a 39-23 mark. Vandy got out to an impressive 19-2 start to the season, highlighted by an 18-game winning streak that marked the second-longest streak in program history.
Vanderbilt outscored its opponents 43-6 across its three wins in the NCAA Corvallis Regional, including a 21-run outburst against New Mexico State. Vandy’s 21 runs against the Aggies tied the program-record for most runs in an NCAA Tournament game. After earning an 8-1 victory over third-ranked Oregon State to force a winner-take-all Game 7, the Commodores fell to the host Beavers in a one-run matchup to end the season.
Shewmaker assisted in the development of the Vanderbilt catchers during the 2022 campaign, as the Commodores allowed the third-fewest stolen bases in the SEC, while tying for third in the league for most runners caught stealing.
Prior to joining the Vanderbilt staff, Shewmaker spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Campbell, after serving as the volunteer assistant coach for one year and the director of baseball operations in his initial season. During his time in Buies Creek, he helped lead the Fighting Camels to three consecutive conference championships in the Big South and three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
In addition to supervising the recruiting efforts for the Fighting Camels, Shewmaker oversaw the development of the Campbell catchers, while working primarily with the hitters and assisting with offensive game planning.
Prior to his time in Buies Creek, Shewmaker served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Kentucky Wesleyan College, in 2017. He assisted heavily with recruiting for the Panthers and helped lead them to their first NCAA Division II Regional.
In addition to recruiting, Shewmaker worked full-time with Kentucky Wesleyan’s catchers and assisted with hitting and base running. He also created and monitored the Panthers’ strength and conditioning program for position players.
Shewmaker has coached and assisted with recruiting players from all three NCAA divisions, NAIA and NJCAA.
Shewmaker spent the summer of 2017 as an assistant coach for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League. He helped lead the team to the first-half division title and a league playoff berth. Since 2017, including once that year, eight players that Shewmaker coached in Fayetteville have either been drafted or signed by an MLB club.
As a player, Shewmaker was a career .306 hitter in three seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan. Between 34 hits, he tallied four doubles and three triples. He also drove in 17 runs and drew 17 walks. Off the field, he was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was named a member of “Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.”
A native of Corydon, Indiana, Shewmaker has two sisters, Brittany and Bethany. He also has three nephews, Lincoln, Ryker and Bentley, who all still reside in his hometown.