PHSC Men's Baseball Program History

In 1992, PHSC's men's baseball started competing in the Suncoast Conference as a NJCAA Division I program. In just the third year of the program, PHSC finished runner-up in the 1994 FCCAA state tournament. Other state tournament appearances were in 1995 and 1997. Also in 1995, the team won the Suncoast Conference championship.

In 2010, the athletics program switched to Division II status. Since then, the men's baseball team has appeared in the NJCAA Region 10 District Tournament in North Carolina seven times. In 2014, we were NJCAA Region 10 Champions and advanced to the World Series finishing fourth nationally. We are proud to have had over 30 players sign professional contracts; many have gone on to top universities throughout the country. Most recently, Tyler Beck ('17) was selected in the 2019 MLB Draft; he goes to Minnesota Twins in 30th round.

Baseball Coaching Staff

  • Lyndon Coleman Head Baseball Coach

    Lyndon Coleman

    Head Coach

    Lyndon Coleman is in his fifth season as head coach at Pasco Hernando State College. Prior to becoming the head coach, Coleman was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for three years under Steve Winterling, PHSC athletic director.

    During Coleman’s tenure, PHSC has a 219-125-1 record overall and a 126-75 record as head coach. Coleman picked up his 100th win in just his 3rd full season as head coach against Hillsborough Community College on March 7, 2022 with a 15-3 win. Coleman has five NJCAA Dll Region 8 championships and five trips to the NJCAA Dll Southeast District 10 Tournament in North Carolina. For the first six years of Coleman's coaching tenure at PHSC was not in a conference. In the first year of the Sun-Lakes Conference, Coleman won the regular season conference championship. In 2019 as Coleman's first season as PHSC head coach, he led the Bobcats to a third place finish at the NJCAA DII World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. For this accomplishment Coleman was awarded coach of the year honors by the NJCAA and the American Baseball Coaches Association for the Southeast District. 

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    Coleman has made winning a standard at Pasco-Hernando State College. In 2022 Coleman guided the Bobcats to its first 40 win season setting a school record and In the 9 total years at PHSC (2 as a player, 3 as an assistant coach, and 4 as the head coach) Coleman has been apart of the 6 Winningest teams in PHSC History. This success is not limited to just on the field but also off the field as well. Colemans teams for the past 6 years have posted a team GPA over a 3.0 and has graduated more than 60 players in 6 years with AA degrees from PHSC. He has also moved on more than 50 players in the past 5 years to 4 years schools. 

    Coleman started his college baseball career at Pasco-Hernando State College. Coleman hit .314 in 2009 and was a key player in setting a school record with 37 wins. Coleman hit .353 in 2010 and was All-Suncoast Conference. Coleman finished the last two years of his college career at Barry University in Miami, Florida.  In 2011, the Bucs went 20-4 and won the Sunshine State Conference.  In the summer of 2011, he played for the Covington Lumberjacks in the Valley Baseball League where he finished the season hitting .343 which was third best in the league. Covington also won the Valley Baseball League championship that summer. Coleman graduated from Barry University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in coaching. Coleman has since graduated from Capella University with a masters in sport psychology.  

    Lyndon Coleman has gained the reputation for developing quality baseball players on and off the field during his six years of coaching college and summer collegiate baseball. Prior to taking over at PHSC, Coleman coached in two of the most historic summer collegiate summer leagues. the Valley Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League. During his time with the Winchester Royals he acted as the pitching coach for the first season and the head coach, pitching coach, and recruiting coordinator for the next two seasons. Coleman led Winchester to two consecutive playoff appearances and went 43-41 overall as the head coach. In 2016, the Royals pitching staff had a 4.44 ERA, which was fifth best in the league. They also dominated the league in stolen bases with 120 in 42 games, leading the league by nearly 40, and finishing nationally in the top five for summer collegiate baseball.

    In 2017, The Royals finished third in the league for ERA at 4.36 and stolen bases at 86. Coleman’s teams finished in the top half of the league in almost every other offensive category both seasons. In the summer of 2018, Coleman was the manager of the Keene Swampbats in the NECBL where they posted a record of 24-20. That year Keene made the playoffs and set a league record for strike outs as a pitching staff and finished leading the league in stolen bases (111), 5 stolen bases shy of the league record. The stolen bases were good for a top 5 national ranking in summer collegiate baseball. Coleman coached the MVP of the NECBL and new single season RBI record holder Brandon Smith. Coleman sent eight players to the All-Star game and also coached the NECBL Homerun Derby Champion Lorenzo Hampton. 

    Coleman started his coaching career in 2013 at Barry University in Miami, Florida under then Head Coach Marc Pavao. Coleman acted as the catching coach during his two seasons with the Bucs, Both catchers that he mentored signed to play professional baseball. In 2015, Coleman was an infield coach under head coach Ryan Beckman at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater before coaching under Steve Winterling for three years. Coleman has coached 27 players that have gone on to play professional baseball and many others who have played in independent leagues. Coleman has now coached 4 MLB baseball players Tyler Kinley, Josh James, Trey Amburgy, and Cody Wilson. 

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    Brayden Lyman

    Assistant Coach

    Brayden Lyman begins his first season as the assistant coach for the Bobcats. He returns to PHSC where he played in 2018-2019. In the two seasons with the Bobcats, Lyman played in 104 games while hitting .316, with 28 doubles, 5 triples, 9 home runs and drove in 106 runs. Lyman also stole 32 bases and scored 98 runs. In 2019, Lyman was named team MVP on their way to a 3rd place finish in the NJCAA Division II World series. Lyman then went on to play at the University of West Alabama from 2020-2022.

    In two full seasons with the University of West Alabama, Lyman played in 74 games while hitting .362, with 20 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs and drove in 63 runs. He also stole 18 bases and scored 69 runs. In 2021, he was named a Second Team All-Gulf South Conference Outfielder. In 2022, Lyman was named a First Team All-Gulf South Conference Outfielder as well as ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Second Team.

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    Brady Bogart

    Assistant Coach

  • Larry Beets

    Larry Beets

    Assistant Coach

    Larry Beets begins his 12th season as an assistant coach. He is proud of the ten winning seasons and two trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series; a fourth place finish in 2014 and a third place finish in 2019. 

    Prior to taking on his role at PHSC, Larry was head high school baseball coach in Pasco County for 33 years. Three years spent at Hudson High and 28 years at Ridgewood High School. In 2002, his Ridgewood team defeated number one ranked Dunedin High in the semi-finals of the 4-A championship game before losing to Jacksonville Bishop Kinney in the finals. 

    Larry retired as the winningest high school coach in Pasco County with 571 victories and was the first to record 500 wins. In addition, Ridgewood High School’s baseball field was named after him in 2007. 

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    Larry grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee where he lettered in four sports before signing a baseball scholarship to Division I Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. In 1971, the Governors won their first Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship, which ironically was the first OVC title in any sport. His last two years he had the honor of being co-captain.

    It's been all about positive relationships with Larry and the development of young men into society. He was fortunate to send over 100 players to extend their academics through baseball. In addition he has been associated with 7 former players drafted and signed Major League Baseball contracts. One player, Mike Rabelo, played in the show and is now coaching in the show as the assistant hitting instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates MajorLeague Team.  

    Many more players have gone on to success in their chosen fields and are now raising future baseball players and softball players the right way. They are the role models. 

    I would like to thank my former coaches who influenced a worthwhile profession, players, Administrators, teachers and parents who were all part of the process. All success is attributed to former Coaches growing up, players, teachers, Administrators and parents.   

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    Derek Kuryliw

    Assistant Coach

    Derek Kuryliw enters his fourth year as the strength/nutritionist coordinator at Pasco-Hernando State College. Kuryliw currently is the owner and operator of Live Fit Gym in New Port Richey, Fla., since 2011. In 2011, he started what would eventually evolve into LiveFit Bootcamps. The original outdoor bootcamp location with a handful of clients has grown into more than 200 motivated and hard working women, men, moms, dads and grandparents. Over 4,500 clients have trained with Kuryliw and the LiveFit team, since 2011.

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    In 2010, he was nominated for the Tampa Bay Business Journal “Health Care Heroes” award for top community educators for his public speaking and volunteer work. Kuryliw is frequently requested to speak at businesses, schools, clubs, association meetings and gyms. His topics vary from “7 Steps to Peak Energy” to “Exercise IS Medicine” to "Nutrition Basics to Burn, Build and Recover Faster".

    In 2003, he was certified through American Muscle and Fitness, an international certification. Kuryliw began personal training and conducting nutritional consultations in the West Palm Beach area. In 2006, he returned to New Port Richey to work as a personal trainer for Richey Racquet and Fitness Club and Kuryliw Chiropractic Rehab Center, where he managed the clinic for seven years.

    In 2001, Kuryliw was named "Athlete of the Year" by the Tampa Bay Tribune and St. Petersburg Times for his senior baseball season at Ridgewood High School. After high school, he went on to play at Pasco-Hernando Community College. Two injury-plagued seasons (shoulder surgery and a broken femur) led him to hang up his spikes and in 2003, he continued his education at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a bachelor's degree in biological science.