Tyler O'Daniel - Head Coach
Head Baseball Coach, Rend Lake College
O’Daniel, known as TO around campus, isn’t a stranger to the RLC diamond. He got his start in Warrior red when he came to Ina on a baseball scholarship after graduating from Marshall County High School in Calverty City, Ky. In 2008.
As a player, O’Daniel was forced to redshirt his freshman year after hip reconstruction. But, he battled back to become an everyday starter at 3rd base during his sophomore season. He still holds the Rend Lake College single-season hit by pitch record with 25. O’Daniel’s 2011 season batting average of .386 landed him 11th all-time for Single Season batting avg., while his career average of .369 puts him in the top 10 RLC hitters.
Following RLC, O’Daniel played for the University of Indianapolis and had some major success at that level, leading the 2012 Greyhounds in hits, SAC hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBI's, SLG, and HBP. He was named First Team All-GLV, Second Team Daktronics All-Midwest Region, NCBWA Midwest Region First Team, ABCA All-Midwest Region Second Team and was names to the 2012 Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team.
In 2013, O'Daniel was named to the Tino Martinez NCAA Division 2 Player of the Year Watch List and named pre-season All-American. He led the Greyhounds to a 46-16 record, 2013 GLVC and Regional Championship. He led the University of Indianapolis in hits, doubles, home runs, HBP, total bases and SLG. O'Daniel finished his playing career being named First Team All-GLVC East Division, ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Midwest Region, NCBWA First Team All-Midwest Region, Daktronics First Team All-Midwest Region, NCBWA Honorable Mention All-America, and Capital One Academic All-District 4 First Team.
He returned to RLC in 2014, serving as the Rec Directory and the Conditioning Coach for all Rend Lake College athletic programs. O'Daniel also been an assistant baseball coach for the Warriors since the 2014-2015 season. He helped the Warriors go from 20-21 season in 2015 to a 37-23 team in 2016.
The 2016 season saw a dramatic increase in several offensive categories. Batting average jumped from .255 in 2015 to .324 in 2016. In 2015, the Warrior offense had 49 extra-base hits and ended the 2016 season with 160. The team’s on-base percentage rose from .322 up to .402 and the team's slugging percentage rose from .306 in 2015 up to .456 in 2016.
O'Daniel earned his Associate’s Degree from Rend Lake College in 2011 and his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2013. Tyler currently resides in Mt. Vernon with his wife, Kayln and daughter Abigail, and two dogs, Buddy and Kiya.
Mike Runyon - Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach (2017 - Present)
Coach Runyon enters his first year as Assistant coach with the Warriors. Coach Runyon has coached at all different levels, from Junior College to Division 1. Runyon's passion and experience is in Hitting and Recruiting so that will be his primary focus for the Warriors.
Runyon has been providing individual baseball and softball instruction for the past 16 years. He has dedicated his time to developing area players and doing everything in his power to move them to the next level.
His work with both the colleges and National Scouting Report, the premier scouting service for college coaches and high school athletes, has given him plenty of recruiting experience from both sides of the equation. Runyon's desire is to encourage the students to be the best they can be and help them achieve their goals.
Runyon lives in Mt. Vernon with his wife Sabrina, step-daughter Shauna, and two dogs Gracie & Elli.
He is available for individual hitting instruction at The REC, after 5:00 pm M-F, by appointment only. If interested in scheduling time with Coach Runyon, you can contact him at (618) 437-5321 ext 1307 or on his cell phone (618) 335-4296.
Brandon Hardin - Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach (2017 - Present)
Coach Brandon Hardin enters his first season on the Rend Lake Warrior coaching staff serving as the Warriors 1st base coach and recruiting coordinator. Hardin will also assist with the pitching staff, scouting reports and defensive alignments.
Hardin was a letter winner in baseball, basketball and football at Pinckneyville High School (Pinckneyville, Ill.). He received All-Conference and All-South accolades at PHS while being named All-State by the Illinois High School Athletic Association.
Hardin began his college playing career at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill., and was named First Team All-Conference after leading the Blue Devils to the GRAC Championship. Hardin's 82 strikeouts in 86 innings led the KC pitching staff in his two seasons. In 2011, Hardin continued his playing career at NCAA powerhouse, Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
In his first season with the Statesmen, Hardin pitched in 14 games with 11 starts recording a 5-2 record. In 68.2 innings pitched, Hardin allowed 50 runs on 72 hits with 28 walks and 62 strikeouts. His 62 strikeouts were ranked 15th in the GSC. In 2012, Hardin took over the closer role for the Statesmen making a team-high 24 appearances while boasting a team-low 1.03 ERA. In 35 innings, Hardin had eight saves, struck out 36 batters and limited opponents to a team-low .160 batting average. He gave up only four earned runs and nine walks. Hardin led the Statesmen to a South Regional Championship and College World Series runner-up finish in 2012. During Delta State's 12 game postseason run, Hardin had four of their nine wins and three saves while giving up only three hits in 8 innings.
In June of 2012, Hardin was selected in 10th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was taken with the 231st overall selection. Hardin is the only played ever drafted from Pinckneyville High School (Pinckneyville, Ill.).
Hardin played professional baseball for three seasons (2012-2014). Hardin climbed the minor league ladder going from the White Sox rookie-ball affiliated team located in Great Falls, Montana to Birmingham, Alabama, the White Sox double-A affiliated team. Hardin best season came in 2014 while pitching for Winston-Salem Dash in the Carolina League. In 19 appearances, Hardin racked up 5 saves and 19 strikeouts while sporting an amazing 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings of work. Hardin's final season came in 2014. He compiled a three-year career ERA of 3.77 with 113 strikeouts and 18 saves in 145.2 innings.
Coach Hardin also will be giving baseball lessons at The Rec on Rend Lake's campus as well as assisting head coach Tyler O'Daniel in the weight room as the Director of Student-Athlete Performance and Development.
Larry Bosik - Assistant Coach
Volunteer Coach (2008 - Present)
Ostin Clark, Camden, IN (Kentucky Wesleyan University)
TJ Satterly, Louisville, KY (Morehead University)
Sam Troyer, Goshen (University of Evansville)
Tanner Maskey, Springfield (Southern Nazarene University)
Jake Vernon, Elkhart, IN (Southern Nazarene University)
Jack Wolfe, Orland Park (Eastern Illinois University)
Zach Zarifian, Beach Park (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Bailey Schimpf, Zeigler (University of Lindenwood-Belleville)
Blake Deatherage, O’Fallon (Southern Baptist University)
Jay Bernard, Metropolis (Trevecca Nazarene University)
Zach Becherer, Troy, IL (Delta State University)
Brodie Brown, Carmi, IL (University of Southern Indiana)
Tristan Cummings, Lynnville, IN (Oakland City University)
Brock Fulkerson, Mt. Vernon, IL (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Justin Hayden, Mayfield, KY (University of Evansville)
Hunter Johnson, Louisville, KY (University of Indiana Southeast)
Marquise Lanier, Warsaw, VA (Chowan University)
Luke McConnell, Shelbyville, IL (Millikin University)
Aiden McMahan, Wolf Lake, IL (Southeast Missouri State University)
Dalton Mitchell, Metropolis, IL (Alabama A&M)
Levi Tanner, Johnston City, IL (Kentucky Wesleyan University)
Dayton Tripp, Goreville, IL (Lipscomb University)
Dallas Adkins, Louisville, KY (Berea College)
Daris Box, Mt. Vernon, IL (Harris-Stowe State University)
Derek Flaugher, Mt. Zion, IL (Eastern Illinois University)
Kyle Goodman, Louisville, KY (Indiana University Southeast)
AJ Hummel, Aurora, IN (University of Cincinnati Clermont)
Paul Knapp, Xenia, IL (McKendree University)
Eli Miller, Shelbyville, IL (Missouri S&T University)
Cory Renois, Belleville, IL (Robert Morris College)
Will Fisher, Havanna, IL (Central Methodist)
Trey Garrett, Benton, IL (Florida International University)
Jarrett Luckett, Louisville, KY (Blackburn College)
Logan Tabor, Marissa, IL (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne)
Alex Wittenauer, Waterloo, IL (Lindenwood University Belleville)
Nick Andros, Goreville, IL (Lipscomb University)
Trey Bailey, Shelbyville, KY (University of Kentucky)
Jarrett Bednar, Decatur, IL (Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville)
Brad Bozic, West Frankfort, IL (Mid-Continent University)
Ty Broady, Greenville, KY (St Catherine College)
Tirey Burch, Santa Claus, IN (Ohio University)
Justin Busekrus, O’Fallon, IL (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Aaron Choate, Mt. Vernon, IN (University of Southern Indiana-Evansville)
Ethan Collins, Evansville, IN (Oakland City University)
Blake Deaton, Mt Vernon, IL (Truman State University)
Cory Farrow, Elizabethtown, KY (Lipscomb University)
Brandon George, Du Quoin, IL (Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville)
Devin Luckett, Louisville, KY (Spalding University)
Jason O’Brien, Emden, IL (Quincy University)
Brady Wright, Jonesboro, IL (Southeast Missouri State University)
Steve Draper, Alto Pass, IL (Southern Wesleyan University)
Andrew Edwards, Gilbertsville, KY (Western Kentucky University)
Jordan Fortner, Mt. Zion, IL (William Jewell College)
Greg Guest, Nashville, IL (Murray State University)
Garrett Hunt, Benton, KY (Kentucky Wesleyan University)
Dalton Mellott, Owensboro, KY (Brescia University)
Alex Posey, Cary, IL (University of Illinois - Chicago)
Nolan Ray, Evansville, IN (Kentucky Wesleyan University)
Reggie Young, Louisville, KY (Morehead State University)
Richard Arias, Lynn, MA (Mid-Continent University)
Nathan Dorris, Marion, IL (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
John Easter, Blue Mound, IL (Millikin University)
Kyle Hudson, Herrin, IL (Spalding University)
Ben Klaustermeier, Edwardsville, IL (University of Missouri - St. Louis)
Tyler O'Daniel, Calvert City, KY (University of Indianapolis)
Daniel Peters, Decatur, IL(Central Methodist University)
Gavin Petrea, Salem, IL (University of Indianapolis)
Ryan Quick, Mt. Vernon, IL (Austin Peay State University)
Kaleb Warren, Herrin, IL(Lindenwood University - Belleville)
Alex Wood, Marion, KY (University of Indianapolis)
Tomas Rodriguez, Camuy, PR (Mid-Continent University)
Patrick Flanagan, Salem, IL (Bradley University)
Luke Shuemaker, Paducah, KY (Murray State University)
AJ Martin, Belleville, IL (Central Methodist University)
Raymond Fuentes, Isabella, PR (Central Methodist University)
Freddie Cabrera, Capiro, PR (Central Methodist University)
Kendal Tolliver, Carbondale, IL (Central Methodist University)
Raymond Delvalle, Miami, FL (Kentucky Wesleyan Univ.)
Spencer Ammons, Durant, OK (Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis)
Eric Davis,Pontiac, IL (Austin Peay State University )
Jacob Wente, Steelville, IL (Southeast Missouri State University)
Jesse Schmidt, O'Fallon, IL (Lindenwood University)
Daniel Edwards, Paducah. KY (Mid-Continent University)
Chase Kittinger (University of Indianapolis)
Cory White (University of Indianapolis)
Lincoln Talley (Kentucky Wesleyan)
Ed Draper ( Judson University)
Giovanni Rivera (Florida Memorial University)
Troy Sitton ( Union University)
Adam Akin – University of Evansville/University of Indianapolis
Brandon Braboy – University of Indianapolis
Nick Wooley – SIU–Edwardsville
Kyle Dickey – Kentucky Wesleyan University
Tony Cash – St Thomas University ( Miami, FL)
Cort Alsop (Indiana University, Southeast)
Chris Crank (SIU-C)
Chris Clark (Delta State University)
Ryan Payne (St. Joesph's College)
Seth Hall (SIU-E)
Elijah Hiatt (Berry College)
Daniel Jewett (Northern Illinois)
Aaron Johnson (Armstrong Atlantic)
Corey Lewis (SIU-E)
Kyle Schwartz (Campbellsville University)
Nick Keener (Oakland City University, IN)
Steve Mueller (Webster University, MO)
Brandon Hammons (Morehead State University)
Taylor Nahm (Webster University, MO)
Roy Irle (Brewton Parker, GA)
Tadd Brewer (Lipscomb University, TN)
Jake Shore (Missouri Baptist University,
St. Louis, MO)
Chris Rich (Arkansas State University)
Brian Davis (University of Southern Indiana)
Jay Fadde (University of Southern Indiana)
Mike Breyman (University of Kentucky)
Scott Steinbrecher (Austin Peay)
Nolan Bastien (University of Indianapolis)
Kevin Bryant (Morehead State University)
Ryan Gratten (Palm Beach Atlantic)
Lance Johnston (Morehead State University)
Keith Black (Trevecca, TN)
Ryan "Pudge" Bethel (Tennessee-Martin, TN)
Pat Frank (Kent State, OH)
Mitch Preumer (Purdue University, IN)
Brandon Dietz (Lindsey-Wilson, KY)
Joe Flick (Belmont University)
Luke Miller (University of Evansville)
Zach Brison (University of Evansville)
Dusty Rinehart (Indiana Tech)
Pat Tobin (University of Maine)
Rick Okis (Wayne State)
Simon Auter (University of Tennessee Martin)
Tommy Pearce (West Virginia State)
Justin Norwood (Grand Valley State)
Dustin Vugteveen (Grand Valley State)
Corey Alsop (Georgetown College)
Matt Eldridge (Marshall University)
Dan DeMent (University of Alabama @ Birmingham)
Jeff Houston (Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale)
Dan Firlit (Southwest Missouri State)
Chris Gray (Murray State)
Brad Turner (Ball State)
Chris Bernard (Southwest Baptist University)
Corey Cinnamon (Union College)
Chris Hargett (Louisville)
Kris Ferrell (Indiana-Southeast)
Beau Parton (Tiffin University)
Eric Asbury (Kentucky State University)
(Kansas City Royals)
(Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
Other: Chad Stonebaugh (Kansas City Royals 1988)
REND LAKE BASEBALL RECRUITING
- Recruit players with character.
- Convince players to believe in themselves.
- Convince players to believe in coaches.
- Recruit players who love to play in a Rend Lake uniform.
- Recruit players who want to and will graduate.
- Recruit players who want to win.
- Recruit players who want to improve as a player.
- Recruit players who want to improve as a person.
- Recruit players who will be a positive contributing member of society.
WHY PLAY AT REND LAKE?
- Learn in a small classroom environment.
- Study with professors who care about you as a person and as a student.
- Receive the finest preparation and a quality AA degree.
- Challenged to develop academically, socially, and athletically.
- Maintain a team GPA above a 3.0.
- Chance to contribute and play immediately.
- Play in one of the finest conferences in the country (GRAC).
- Compete against the best athletes and teams in college baseball.
- Opportunity to be seen by pro scouts many times throughout the year.
- Opportunity to develop on the field (not on the bench at a four-year college).
There are names that may be more recognized than Rend Lake, but our athletes are just as prepared on and off the field. In the process of receiving a quality education in a small, caring environment, you will be part of building and maintaining a championship-level program at the Junior College level. You will be prepared to move on to the highest level possible.
WHY PLAY ANYWHERE ELSE?