Tim Byrnes is in his 12th year as the head baseball coach at Hamilton College. Two of his players collected 2017 NESCAC all-conference honors and one made the 2017 D3baseball.com all-New England Region Team. Byrnes coached a NESCAC player and pitcher of the week, and his athletes finished in the top five in the conference in batting average, home runs, earned run average and stolen bases. The Continentals won 15 games including a 7-5 triumph against SUNY Oswego, which was ranked in the top 10 in Division III at the time. Eight student-athletes earned a spot on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team.
In 2016 Byrnes guided the Continentals to a program-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 tied for the conference lead in home runs.
Five of Byrnes' players have received a total of eight NESCAC all-conference honors and three have made the D3baseball.com all-region team. He has directed Hamilton baseball to 129 victories.
Byrnes coached Joe Jensen '15 to his second consecutive NESCAC all-conference team selection in 2015. 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, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, runs batted in, total bases, stolen bases, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched in a career. A total of 13 individual and 13 team single-season records have been set under Byrnes' leadership. The Continentals have defeated Utica College six 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.