Point University

University/College West Point, Georgia
John Tyler
Head Baseball Coach Read more Read less

Began: 2016-17 | Season: 2023-24 is his 8th season
Overall record at Point entering the 2023-24 season: 185-138-1

John Tyler is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Point baseball program. Tyler graduated from Point University in December 2010, with a degree in Business, and joined the Skyhawks’ coaching staff in the spring of 2011.

Under Tyler’s leadership, the Skyhawks have become one of the top contenders in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Tyler was named AAC Coach of the Year during his first season as head coach after tying for the regular-season AAC title and posting 33 victories.

In his second year at the program’s helm, the baseball program set a school record with 37 wins. The Skyhawks entered the AAC tournament as the No. 4 seed and defeated No. 5 Truett-McConnell in game one (1-0), before falling to nationally ranked Bryan 3-1. Point worked their way out of the loser’s bracket and went on to win the next four games of the tournament, defeating Truett-McConnell 8-3, then defeating Bryan twice (5-1, 7-4) to make it to the championship game and defeat nationally ranked and AAC regular-season champions, Tennessee Wesleyan to earn a trip to the NAIA National Championship. This was Point’s first-ever conference tournament championship. The Skyhawks added three more wins in five games in the NAIA National Championships Opening Round, losing in a second-round game and the championship game to bracket champion Georgia Gwinnett.

During his third season as head coach, the Skyhawks finished the season 30-23, and during the shortened 2020 season, the baseball program finished 13-4.

2021: 25-21 overall record. Tyler had three program members earn All-Conference recognition, with Jakobe Smith earning the first national player of the week honors in program history. Dillon Brown earned the program’s first honoree on the ABCA-Rawlings Gold Glove team.

2022: Point finished the regular season 25-20 and 20-10 in AAC play. The Skyhawks were the No. 3 seed going into the conference tournament. Three members were recognized on the All-AAC team.

2023: Point finished the regular season 22-22-1 and 14-15 in AAC Play. The Skyhawks fell to CIU in the play-in game at the Conference tournament. Three members were recognized on the All-Conference teams for the AAC.

In his first season of joining the coaching staff as an assistant, Tyler helped guide the Skyhawks to their first NCCAA II National Championship in school history, and in 2016, he helped guide Point into its first-ever NAIA World Series appearance after it won the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round (Savannah bracket) and placed second behind Tennessee Wesleyan in the AAC Tournament.

Tyler played two seasons of junior college baseball in Washington State before transferring to Point University, where he played his final two seasons.

John and his wife, Jennifer, who has coached the Point softball team since 2012, have one daughter.

📣 Join us for our Prospect Baseball Camp on Sunday, November 5th, against the stunning backdrop of West Point, GA. As proud contenders in the Southern States Conference within NAIA, we’re ecstatic to offer these prime chances for emerging baseball talents to showcase their skills and connect with our esteemed coaching team.

🗓️ Mark your calendars for this extraordinary event where you’ll have the chance to unveil your potential under the expert guidance of our seasoned coaching staff.

👨‍⚾️ Led by the remarkable Head Coach John Tyler, our coaching lineup includes Assistant Coaches Kelton Caldwell, Gene Bowles, and Adam Castillo. With their collective expertise and unwavering passion, you’ll receive top-tier coaching and invaluable insights to elevate your game to new heights.

🏟️ The picturesque campus of Point University provides the ideal backdrop for these remarkable occasions. Whether you’re a pitcher, hitter, fielder, or an all-rounder, our Prospect Baseball Camp extend a warm welcome to athletes of all positions and skill levels, offering the perfect stage to dazzle and shine.

⚾ Embrace the chance to showcase your innate talent, acquire wisdom from adept coaches, and immerse yourself in the vibrant baseball community that thrives at Point University. We’re eagerly awaiting your presence on the field for experiences that promise growth, camaraderie, and the opportunity to be part of something truly special!

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John Tyler
Head Baseball Coach Read more Read less

Began: 2016-17 | Season: 2023-24 is his 8th season
Overall record at Point entering the 2023-24 season: 185-138-1

John Tyler is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Point baseball program. Tyler graduated from Point University in December 2010, with a degree in Business, and joined the Skyhawks’ coaching staff in the spring of 2011.

Under Tyler’s leadership, the Skyhawks have become one of the top contenders in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Tyler was named AAC Coach of the Year during his first season as head coach after tying for the regular-season AAC title and posting 33 victories.

In his second year at the program’s helm, the baseball program set a school record with 37 wins. The Skyhawks entered the AAC tournament as the No. 4 seed and defeated No. 5 Truett-McConnell in game one (1-0), before falling to nationally ranked Bryan 3-1. Point worked their way out of the loser’s bracket and went on to win the next four games of the tournament, defeating Truett-McConnell 8-3, then defeating Bryan twice (5-1, 7-4) to make it to the championship game and defeat nationally ranked and AAC regular-season champions, Tennessee Wesleyan to earn a trip to the NAIA National Championship. This was Point’s first-ever conference tournament championship. The Skyhawks added three more wins in five games in the NAIA National Championships Opening Round, losing in a second-round game and the championship game to bracket champion Georgia Gwinnett.

During his third season as head coach, the Skyhawks finished the season 30-23, and during the shortened 2020 season, the baseball program finished 13-4.

2021: 25-21 overall record. Tyler had three program members earn All-Conference recognition, with Jakobe Smith earning the first national player of the week honors in program history. Dillon Brown earned the program’s first honoree on the ABCA-Rawlings Gold Glove team.

2022: Point finished the regular season 25-20 and 20-10 in AAC play. The Skyhawks were the No. 3 seed going into the conference tournament. Three members were recognized on the All-AAC team.

2023: Point finished the regular season 22-22-1 and 14-15 in AAC Play. The Skyhawks fell to CIU in the play-in game at the Conference tournament. Three members were recognized on the All-Conference teams for the AAC.

In his first season of joining the coaching staff as an assistant, Tyler helped guide the Skyhawks to their first NCCAA II National Championship in school history, and in 2016, he helped guide Point into its first-ever NAIA World Series appearance after it won the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round (Savannah bracket) and placed second behind Tennessee Wesleyan in the AAC Tournament.

Tyler played two seasons of junior college baseball in Washington State before transferring to Point University, where he played his final two seasons.

John and his wife, Jennifer, who has coached the Point softball team since 2012, have one daughter.

Kelton Caldwell
Assistant Baseball Coach Read more Read less

Kelton Caldwell is in his second season in 2024 with the Point Skyhawks baseball program. Caldwell will serve again as both defense and hitting coach for the Skyhawks. Caldwell comes to West Point, Ga after a coaching at Salt Lake Community College.

Caldwell spent four years playing at Brigham Young University before embarking on a professional career. In 2015 and 2016, he played in the Frontier League with the River City Rascals and in the Australian Baseball League with the Brisbane Bandits.

The former professional baseball player and current head coach for the Michigan Monachs in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, also served the past two summers in the Northwoods League as part of the Wausau Woodchucks coaching staff.

 

Gene Bowles
Assistant Baseball Coach Read more Read less

Gene Bowles is in his second season in 2024 with the Point Skyhawks baseball program. Bowles will serve as the first base coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator and catcher’s coach for the Skyhawks and also doubles as the school’s Assistant Sports Information Director. Bowles comes to West Point, Ga after being the head baseball coach at Prince George’s Community College (MD) in the 2022 season.

Bowles had multiple stops at Prince George’s with the Owls program as his 2022 team finished runner-up for the Division III Region XX title. Bowles was also an assistant coach at Prince George’s, during the 2016, 2017, and 2019 seasons. While serving under Coach Foster, he helped guide the Owls to two Division III Region XX Championships (2017, 2019) and a second-place finish in 2016.

Bowles was instrumental in helping to improve upon the Owls 2016 (19-25) season record to an impressive 33-15 the very next season in 2017. The Owls 2017 squad went on to win the District D Championship and earn a berth in the NJCAA World Series at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Bowles primarily worked as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator during his first stint at Prince George’s before he also began assisting with the athletic departments day-to-day operations as an athletic aide in 2019 to go along with his coaching duties.

Between his stops at Prince George’s, Bowles worked as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College and as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Bethany College. He’s also a former American Legion head coach and high school baseball coach. Bowles also coached in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for the Brewster Whitecaps under Manager Jamie Shevchik in the summer of 2019. That summer produced multiple MLB draft picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. Coach Bowles was also the head coach that started the baseball program at Cleveland Community College, a NJCAA Division II Region X member located in Shelby, North Carolina. Bowles will also serve the 2023 summer season as an assistant coach with the Wareham Gatemen under Manager Ryan Smyth in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Bowles attended College of Southern Maryland where he obtained his associate’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences before transferring to The University of Maryland where he received a degree in Public Health. Bowles most recently received his Master’s in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University in 2018.

Gene and his wife, Sarah, who has been an assistant coach for Point softball team since 2012, have one son.

Adam Castillo
Assistant Baseball Coach

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Sunday, November 5 at 2:00pm (check-in at 1:15pm)

West Point Baseball Field
1205 US-29
West Point, GA

Open to any uncommitted 2024-2028 high school graduate and junior college baseball players.

High school graduate years of 2024-2028 and junior college student-athletes.

The Point University baseball coaching staff will be running the prospect camp.

Welcome to the Baseball Prospect Camp! We’re delighted to have your aspiring student-athlete on board. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the day’s meticulously planned events:

**1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Check-Ins**
We invite you to arrive between 1:15 pm and 2:00 pm for the check-in process. Our dedicated staff will be readily available to ensure a smooth check-in experience. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have at this time.

**2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Pro-Style Workout**
From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, your student-athlete will immerse themselves in a dynamic pro-style workout. This focused session includes a range of skill-specific drills spanning hitting, fielding, and throwing. Our accomplished coaches will be on hand to offer personalized guidance and expertise.

**3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Batting Practice, Cage Work, On-Field Defense and Campus Tour (pitchers & catchers) **
From 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the position players will get split into three groups (batting practice, cage work, on-field defense). During this time, the pitchers and catchers will take a campus tour with catchers going first.

**5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Bullpens and Campus Tour (INF/OF) **
From 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, all of the pitchers will throw a 15-20 pitch bullpen on our game mound to the catcher they warmed up with in the bullpen. This will be simulated and not live. During this time, infield and outfielders will go on a campus tour.

**6:00 pm: On-Field Evaluation**
At the culmination of the camp, each camper will receive a comprehensive On-Field Evaluation. This individualized assessment will highlight your student-athlete’s strengths, offer constructive feedback, and suggest areas for further development. It’s a personalized roadmap for their continued growth as a player.

**Camp Includes:**
– Campus Tour: Immerse yourselves in our campus environment with an informative and engaging campus tour. Discover the exceptional facilities and resources that define our institution’s commitment to athletic excellence.
– On-Field Evaluation: Our commitment to your student-athlete’s growth extends beyond the camp. The On-Field Evaluation serves as a valuable tool, providing insights that can guide their ongoing training and advancement.

We’re dedicated to making this camp experience enriching and insightful for both student-athletes and parents alike. We hope this detailed itinerary provides a clear picture of the day’s events and the value that this camp holds in your student-athlete’s baseball journey.

The attendees should come dressed in baseball pants and have all baseball equipment.

Example: If you’re a catcher, you need to have all of your catcher equipment.

Food will not be provided.

Fill out medical wavier at check-in.

All Prospect Camps are $50 per player. There are no early bird discounts due to NAIA regulations.

Due to NAIA legislation, we are unable to provide financial aid or scholarships for any camp.

If refund is requested, a camp credit will be rewarded to a future Point Baseball camp of your choosing.

Yes, every camp will have a campus tour aspect for both parents and participants.

Absolutely! We encourage you to come out and ask questions during our campus tour.

Yes, we are partnered with Ram Hotels.

Each participant of prospect camps will receive a one on one evaluation that will be given to them at the end of the camp.

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The deadline for registration of each camp will be the night before.

Absolutely! We know that life happens and will be happy to sign you up.

Yes. Parents and prospective student-athletes will have contact information if interested in the Point Skyhawk baseball program.

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