Little Falls, NY – The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) has announced that Tyler Roper will be returning for a second season as an assistant coach.
From Boise, Idaho, Roper will return to Little Falls to coach alongside his former Treasure Valley Community College Head Coach Steve Luby for the 2023 PGCBL season.
Roper attended Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho, where he helped win a state championship in 2013 as a catcher and infielder.
In 2018-19 Roper was a catcher for the Westmont College Warriors of the Golden State Athletic Conference in Santa Barbara, California. He was awarded a gold glove and was named All-Conference in both seasons.
Prior to Westmont, Roper played two years at Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) of the Northwest Athletic Conference as a catcher and first baseman. During his two years at TVCC, he was named 2nd team All-Infield.
Following graduation, Roper returned to his alma mater Timberline as an assistant baseball coach leading the team to a 24-3 record and a state championship in the spring of 2021. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the team was off to a 3-0 start before the season was halted.
In the summer of 2021, Roper coached the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League in Walla Walla, Washington, to a 12-14 finish.
Roper currently resides in Dayton, Tennessee, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Bryan College. He serves as a graduate assistant for the Bryan College Lion varsity baseball team while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity.
“I am super excited to get back to the Mohawk Valley and have another great summer with the Dawgs”, said Roper. “These players are fortunate to play in front of our great fans and have the true Summer Baseball experience. We have a solid group of returners to show the new players the ropes. After a successful season last year, I am excited to work with the players and see what this summer has in store.”
“I’m also very fortunate to coach alongside Coach Luby and Coach Fureno and work for a great owner in Travis. I hope these boys are ready to get to work and make a run at a Championship”, said Roper.
“We are excited to be able to bring Coach Roper back for a second season,” said Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs owner Travis Heiser. “Coach is a student of the game, and his knowledge and experience provide great opportunities for our players to learn from someone whose been there. In just one season we have seen the respect our players have for Coach, and that is a testament to the commitment he has to the development of our players. Having hard-working and dedicated coaches such as Coach Roper as role models to our players suits the type of team the fans here in the Mohawk Valley expect. The 2023 season will be a great one here in Little Falls, and we are happy to have Coach Roper be a part of it.”
The DiamondDawgs will kick off their quest for another PGCBL title in June 2023. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are excited to welcome back fans for another exciting season of baseball in the Mohawk Valley.