Friday, August 26, 2016

Midwestern State Tabs Mark Ryal as Interim Head Coach

Division II's Midwestern State has named longtime Division 1 assistant and former Major League Baseball player Mark Ryal as the program's new interim head coach, it was announced this week.

Ryal's 1987 Donruss trading card
Ryal is a former top assistant at Oklahoma State and South Alabama and spent the 2016 season as a full-time assistant for the Mustangs program under then-head coach Brady Tigert. His resume also includes a five-year stint as hitting coach at Auburn under Tina Deese.

Though assuming the full-time duties of the position, Ryal will serve in an interim capacity for the 2017 season.

A former Major League Baseball player, Ryal hit .375 with the Angels in 1986, helping the team to the American League West Division's title. He also contributed to the Pittsburgh Pirates' National League East title in 1990. Ryal made his MLB  debut in 1982 as a member of the Kansas City Royals, later spending time with the White Sox; Angels; Phillies; and Pirates. He later spent a single season as hitting coach for the Oklahoma baseball team in 1995, a year that they reached the College World Series. 

He takes over a Mustangs program that posted a 30-28 record in 2016, including a 14-18 mark in conference play. The squad went 1-1 in the Lone Star Conference Championship to end their campaign.

At the program's helm, Ryal replaces Tigert, who resigned earlier this month.

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