Michael Tierney enters his second season at the helm of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre baseball program in 2017. After a successful four-year stint as a high school coach at Pittston Area and Wyoming Area High School, Tierney has been selected to lead Penn State Wilkes-Barre to bigger and better things.
Tierney brought an accomplished resume to Penn State Wilkes-Barre that included 7+ years experience coaching travel teams and currently coaches showcase teams of the MVP Blue Jackets. Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Tierney led an undefeated junior high team at Wyoming Area. He also coaches Greater Pittston American Legion for a couple years before going full time with Travel Teams.
Tierney is unhesitant about declaring the baseball programs goal of building a team that will compete in the PSUAC Playoffs in late April. He has made measurable progress in his first season at Wilkes-Barre, finishing right outside the top 6 teams in the conference.
He has had quite the experience as a collegiate baseball player as well. After one season at his home campus, he had the ability to play at Keystone College from 2004-2006, he also had the opportunity to pitch in both an ECAC and NEAC championship games. After suffering a serious shoulder injury, Tierney focused on his academics and rehabilitation. Over the next couple years, Tierney worked hard and tried out for a few professional and independent ball teams. Several years later, Tierney resurfaces at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in efforts to complete his Business Management Degree. He was asked by coach Jason McManus to fulfill a roster spot as they were seeking an experienced player that offered the leadership for his young team. After completing his 2014 year, he was nominated to the USCAA All-American Team. Though he was able to add value to the baseball program as a player, Tierney knew he needed to further pursue his passion to coach. He is committed to become and remain teachable as a college coach and will go to any lengths to turn this team to become the best in its conference.