Lyon College graduate Andy Schatzley named Harding assistant baseball coach

From Harding University

Harding University baseball coach Dr. Patrick McGaha recently announced the hiring of Andy Schatzley as an assistant baseball coach. Schatzley replaces Talley Haines, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Mobile Christian School in Alabama.

"Coach Schatzley is a very good young coach that will bring a lot of experience, energy, and great work ethic to our program," McGaha said. "He is a great fit for Harding University and our baseball program. He is a young man of character that will be a positive influence on our student athletes." Schatzley will be head junior varsity coach and will work with infielders and serve as the high school recruiting coordinator.

Schatzley comes to Harding from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., where he served as an assistant for the 2011 season. He helped guide Emporia State to the MIAA conference championship and a 43-13 record.

This summer, Schatzley was the head coach of the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League, a summer wood bat league for collegiate players. He was the head coach of the El Dorado Broncos of the Jayhawk League in 2009 and 2010 and won the National Baseball Congress national championship and NBC National Manager of the Year in '09.

Schatzley was a graduate assistant at Lubbock Christian University during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In his time there, Lubbock Christian won two Sooner Athletic Conference championships and made two appearances in the NAIA World Series, winning the national championship in 2009.

"Coach Schatzley has been very successful at each of his previous coaching stops and will bring a winning mentality to our program, a very important consideration for this position as we look to build on last season's success," McGaha said.

Schatzley played collegiately at Pratt Community College (2004-06) in Pratt, Kan., and a Lyon College (2006-08) in Batesville, Ark.