Salem, WV - Shawn Pynn, a seven-year veteran coach, was announced by Director of Athletics Keith Bullion as the new head coach for the Tigers baseball squad.
"It is with pleasure and anticipation of continued progress that we announce today the hiring of Shawn Pynn as the Head Baseball Coach," said Bullion. "Coach Pynn brings eight years of experience as a Head and Assistant Coach at the collegiate and professional level. Most recently he was the Head Coach of the Slippery Rock Sliders in the Prospect League and the Assistant Coach at Roosevelt University. His professional managing experience in Germany and Italy also adds to the fit for Salem International University."
"For the past 10 years I have been waiting for the opportunity to be a head coach in the United States and SIU has afforded me that opportunity." said Pynn.
Pynn played collegiate baseball at Genesee Community College from 2000-2001 before transferring to play ball at Gannon University from 2002 to 2003. He graduated from Gannon in 2004 with a degree in History.
After graduation, Pynn took the assistant coaching position at his Alma Mater until taking over the head coaching post at Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV) Stealers, a professional baseball club in Hamburg, Germany. He continued coaching oversees in 2010 when he became the head coach of the Verona Knights, a second division team in the Italian Baseball League.
In 2011, he returned to the United States as the newly appointed assistant baseball coach at Roosevelt University in the NAIA until moving to the professional level again in 2012 when he managed the Slippery Rock Sliders of the Prospect League.
"My job as a coach is to bring players in who want to be a part of the SIU community and also help them grow into well rounded individuals, in the classroom as well as on the field," continued Pynn. "I am very excited to help the students reach their goals, while building new lasting traditions for the SIU family."
Coach Pynn, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is married to Pola Pynn and have a dog named Tallie. He will officially start at Salem International on September 1st, 2012.