YORK — Eddie Tisdale is the new head baseball coach at York Comprehensive High School, succeeding Scot Kiggans, who recently stepped down after 18 years with Cougars baseball, 12 as head coach.
Tisdale, who most recently managed an athletic center in Ohio and coached a select travel team there, has successful ties to baseball as a player and coach.
“We had 25 applicants for the head baseball coaching job at YCHS,” said Athletic Director Steve Boyd in announcing Tisdale’s hiring.
“Coach Tisdale stood out in the interview process,” Boyd said. “We were impressed with his knowledge of the game and everything about him.”
Tisdale, who is from Lugoff-Elgin, played four years for the Winthrop University team and two years of independent professional baseball.
He coached high school baseball in Miami, where he earned region coach of the year honors. “I had good kids to work with,” said Tisdale.
After meeting with returning York players in the school’s media center last week, Tisdale said he left the get-acquainted session feeling good about his new coaching position.
“There is talent to develop here and leadership among the rising seniors,” Tisdale said. “The key is for the players to buy into a new coaching philosophy as a team.”
As far as he is concerned, York is a coaching plumb. “The baseball facilities here are second to none,” said Tisdale. “We can do things others can’t. We can host tournaments and give back to the community through clinics and baseball camps.”
“There’s support from the administration, athletic director and the community,” he said.
Tisdale, whose wife, Stacey, is an attorney in Rock Hill, said his coaching philosophies are “If you’re strong on the mound and play good defense, you’ll be in every game.”
“It is important for the kids to play the game with confidence.”
Tisdale said he knows Region 3-AAAA is a strong region. “Every game is a challenge,” he said.
“We want Rock Hill, Northwestern, Gaffney, Clover and the other teams in the region to know about York baseball.”
While he is eager to embrace his new role, Tisdale said, he plans to touch all the bases. He wants to get a firsthand look at baseball in the community, whether it’s youth play at the York Recreation Complex, Dixie Boys at Optimist Park or Junior Legion baseball at the YCHS complex.
Tisdale was scheduled to meet with Boyd this week to talk about the Cougars’ offseason involvement. “Coach Tisdale wants to get things started with the players as soon as he can,” Boyd said.