Aug. 31, 2011
CHICAGO - Jeff Tylka, who has spent the last three seasons as the head softball coach at Antioch High School in Antioch, Ill., has been named assistant softball coach at Loyola University Chicago, head coach Missy Beseres announced today. Over the last three seasons, Tylka has compiled a 91-17 (.843) record at Antioch and seen a multitude of his players move on to play collegiate softball.
"Jeff is a great teacher of the game and has experienced success in each of his coaching positions," Beseres said. "His knowledge of the game is second-to-none his former players speak very highly of him. In addition, he is in tune with the top talent in the Chicago area, which is the focal point of our recruiting footprint. I am excited to welcome him to the Loyola family."
In 2010, Tylka steered Antioch to a school-record 32 victories and a third-place showing at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) 3A state tournament. One of his most prized pupils at Antioch was current Loyola sophomore third baseman Lauren Moore, who had an impressive rookie season with the Ramblers last spring. During the 2009 campaign, Tylka piloted the Sequoits to 32 wins and a regional championship.
In addition to his success as the head coach at Antioch High School, Tylka has served as an assistant coach for the Illinois Chill 18U Gold Softball squad for the past four years. While with the Chill, Tylka filled the role of hitting instructor and defensive coordinator.
A former baseball team co-captain at Knox College, Tylka also lettered in football and basketball there. A 2001 graduate of Knox, he earned a master's degree from Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minn., in 2004.