STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State softball program used a familiar face in Starkville to fill its assistant coach void with the hiring of Tyler Bratton, according to an announcement from head coach Vann Stuedeman on Friday morning.
Bratton, who will work with infielders and offense, and have game management and recruiting responsibilities, is a 2007 Mississippi State graduate and spent the last five years working with the Bulldog baseball program as its coordinator of baseball operations.
“We are very excited about Coach Bratton, Bree [wife] and Maddux [son] joining our softball family,” Stuedeman said. “Coach Bratton brings a wealth of knowledge and playing experience. His pedigree is second to none as he has been surrounded by some of college baseball’s best, playing for Ron Polk and working directly with John Cohen.”
With Bulldog baseball, Bratton consistently organized a top-10 strength of schedule, coordinated team travel arrangements and acted as the program’s liaison with adidas. The West Point, Miss., native also aided in on-campus recruiting efforts, directed the team’s video operations and oversaw all tasks associated with the day-to-day operation of the MSU baseball program.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for my family and me to join the MSU softball program,” Bratton said. “I am excited to get on the road, recruit and help Vann and the program continue the winning culture she has cultivated since her arrival.”
“Coach Bratton’s involvement in championship programs, love for Mississippi State and contagious personality will be a positive difference maker for us,” Stuedeman added. “He is the definition of a winner and we are thrilled to have him on staff."
Bratton was a three-year standout in baseball and football, playing outfield for Bill Miley at Oak Hill Academy in nearby West Point. Bratton continued his baseball career in 2003 and 2004 at East Mississippi Community College, where he was coached by Bill Baldner.
Bratton then came to MSU, earning a spot on the Polk-coached Bulldog baseball team as an outfielder in 2006. That Mississippi State squad ascended to a No. 1 in-season national ranking and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Clemson Regional.
“Over the last five-plus years, I have learned so much from Coach Cohen and am truly grateful for the opportunities he gave me,” Bratton said. “I am excited to apply some of the principles which have been so successful for baseball the last few seasons to softball as we make a push to the Women’s College World Series.”
Bratton earned an undergraduate degree in secondary education at Mississippi State in 2007 and, in 2009, completed MSU graduate degree studies in sports administration.
Bratton is married to the former Bree Munger of Hartselle, Ala., and welcomed their first son, Maddux Beau, in November.