Hartsville, S.C. – Coker College is pleased to announce the hiring of Kyle Rayl as the new Head Junior Varsity (JV) Baseball Coach for the Cobras. Rayl will be the first coach of the newly formed JV Baseball program at Coker College, starting competition in the fall of 2009.

Rayl comes to Coker from Anderson University in Indiana where he has served as the Assistant Coach for the Anderson University Ravens for the past four seasons. Prior to his coaching at Anderson, Rayl was a four-year catcher for the Ravens, leading them to a third place finish in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2003.

“Coach Rayl is an outstanding recruiter of student-athletes,” said Coker College Director of Athletics Tim Griggs. “In addition, we believe he will be an excellent leader and role model on the Coker campus.  We are very pleased to have him join our staff.”

In addition to his work at Anderson, Rayl has coached at nearly every level of baseball, including being the current Assistant Coach at Highland High School in Anderson, IN, and serving as head coach of the Anderson Servants of the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League.

"I am very happy and excited to accept this position with Coker College and the baseball program,” said Rayl. "I am hoping to come in and complement Coach Schmotzer in a way that will allow the program to continue to improve and make a championship run."

Rayl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Anderson University and a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Ball State University. In addition to his duties as JV coach, Rayl will serve as Coker’s assistant baseball coach for varsity baseball and the Intramural Program assistant.