Tim Byrnes is in his 13th year as the head baseball coach at Hamilton College. In 2018 his closer made the American Baseball Coaches Association all-region team after tying a team record for saves in a season. Two players were selected for the all-NESCAC team and one was voted the program's first conference rookie of the year. One of the Continentals' team-record 17 wins was against nationally ranked top-10 SUNY Cortland in late April. Byrnes' squad led the NESCAC in triples and they set a program mark by drawing 176 walks. Eight student-athletes earned a spot on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team.
Seven of Byrnes' players have received a total of nine all-conference honors and three have made the D3baseball.com all-region team. He has directed Hamilton baseball to 146 victories.
Two Continentals 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.
In 2016 Hamilton set team records for batting average and on-base percentage and tied the mark for runs batted in for a 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.
Byrnes coached Joe Jensen '15 to his second consecutive NESCAC all-conference team selection in 2015. Jensen led the conference with 24 stolen bases and went on to sign a contract with a professional independent league team. He is believed to be the first player in Hamilton baseball history to play in a minor league game.
Byrnes' players hold program career 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. A total of 13 individual and 14 team single-season records have been set under Byrnes' leadership. The Continentals have defeated Utica College seven times in the Jackie Robinson Game with Byrnes as their 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.