Tim Byrnes is in his seventh year as the head baseball coach at Hamilton College. Byrnes guided Gabe Klein '13 to NESCAC all-conference and D3baseball.com New England Region all-region honors in 2012. Klein set a program record for most walks in a season and led the conference in on-base percentage. Sam Choate '12 graduated as the team's career leader in hits, runs, total bases and stolen bases. Two players made the 2012 NESCAC Spring All-Academic team.
Byrnes led Hamilton to three straight years of 10-plus wins for the first time in program history from 2008 to 2010. The Continentals set a team record for victories in a season with 14 in 2009. Hamilton established a program mark for stolen bases in a season (66), and tied the record for triples (9) in 2010.
In 2009, Hamilton set nine team records under Byrnes. Six different players set eight single-season records in 2009. Byrnes' players hold program records for most runs, hits, doubles, total bases, wins, strikeouts and highest batting average in a career. Max Foster '10 was a NESCAC all-conference team selection in 2009. Six players have made the NESCAC spring all-academic team. The Continentals are 3-2 in the annual Jackie Robinson Game against Utica College under Byrnes.
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 assistant at Morrisville in 2004. He earned two varsity letters as an outfielder on the St. Lawrence University baseball team. Byrnes graduated in 2002 with a degree in sports and leisure studies and a minor in education. He is from Cazenovia, N.Y.
Danny Barth is in his first year as the pitching coach for the Hamilton College baseball team. Barth graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2004. He was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at catcher, and occasionally played first base and right field. Barth served as an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, Rex Putnam High School, prior to beginning graduate school.
Barth earned his master's and Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the department of economics at Hamilton.
Brett Botsford is in his first year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College baseball team. Botsford was a four-year starter for the Le Moyne College Dolphins from 2009 to 2012.
Botsford was on the 2012 Tino Martinez Award preseason watch list last spring. The award is given annually to the NCAA Division II player of the year. He set school single-season records for at-bats (242), walks (41) and games played and started (59). His 82 hits in 2012 rank second in Le Moyne history and was 15th in Division II.
Le Moyne was ranked 16th in Division II and won the 2012 Northeast-10 Tournament, but was eliminated in the NCAA East Regional finals. Following the season, Botsford was a Northeast-10 Conference all-conference first team selection, and was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association (NCBWA) and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) East Region second teams.
Botsford left Le Moyne as its career leader in hits (269), at-bats (824) games played (214), games started (211) and walks (119). He ranks second with 174 runs scored and third with 69 stolen bases. The Dolphins spent the first three years of Botsford’s career as a Division I independent before reclassifying to Division II and joining the Northeast-10.
Botsford graduated with a degree in business marketing. He is from Baldwinsville, N.Y.