Tim Byrnes is in his 11th year as the head baseball coach at Hamilton College. In 2016 Byrnes guided the Continentals to a season-record 16 wins for the third time in four years. Hamilton set team records for batting average and on-base percentage and tied the mark for runs batted in for one season. One of his players made the NESCAC all-conference team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England All-Star Team and the D3baseball.com all-New England Region Team. Another picked up a NESCAC Player of the Week and D3baseball.com Team of the Week honors and tied for the conference lead in home runs. Eight student-athletes earned a spot on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team.
Four of Byrnes' players have received a total of six NESCAC all-conference honors and two have made the D3baseball.com all-region team.
In 2015 Byrnes coached Joe Jensen '15 to his second consecutive NESCAC all-conference team selection. Jensen went on to sign a contract with a professional independent league team and he is believed to be the first player in Hamilton baseball history to play in a minor league game. The Continentals hit better than .300 as a team (.302), and two pitchers finished in the top six in earned run average. Jensen led the conference with 24 stolen bases.
Byrnes' players hold program records for batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched in a career. A total of 10 individual and 10 team season records, including 85 stolen bases in 2013, have been set under Byrnes' leadership. The Continentals have defeated Utica College five times in the Jackie Robinson Game with Byrnes as the coach.
Byrnes was the head coach at Morrisville State College in 2005 and 2006. One Morrisville player was selected a National Junior College Association of America (NJCAA) Division III All-American in 2006. The all-America award was the first in program history. Byrnes' players earned two NJCAA academic all-America and two academic all-region honors.
Byrnes was an outfielder on the St. Lawrence University varsity baseball team. He earned a degree in sports and leisure studies with a minor in education. Byrnes is from Cazenovia, N.Y.