Ty Megahee, who was a former assistant under WKU head coach Pawlowski at Auburn, will be entering his third year at WKU as the team's recruiting coordinator and infield coach after reuniting with Pawlowski back in the summer of 2015.

During his first season, Megahee oversaw an infield that had an All-American at third base in Danny Hudzina and the first freshman in the last 26 years to start every game at shortstop in Steven DiPuglia. Hudzina, who held a .408 batting average, went on to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Megahee arrived at The Hill after two seasons as Mercer's hitting coach where assisted his alma mater in winning 73 games over the past two seasons, including a 2015 appearance in the NCAA Regionals where the Bears lost a pair of one-run heartbreakers to host Florida State and Auburn.

A key proponent of Mercer's success was Megahee's player development, as he helped guide a youth-laden squad to a banner year in 2015 with Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles and the program’s third NCAA Regional appearance.

That development resulted in a wealth of postseason honors for the 2015 Bears, headlined by sophomore standout Kyle Lewis. Under Megahee’s watch, Lewis took home Louisville Slugger Second Team All-America, SoCon Player of the Year and First Team All-SoCon honors while also being named as a national finalist for the Gregg Olson Award in his first-year as a starter. Sophomore Matt Meeder also garnered all-conference recognition, while Trey Truitt, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, and Jackson Ware were named to the SoCon All-Freshman team. The awards continued in postseason play, as Danny Edgeworth, Charlie Madden and Truitt were selected to the SoCon All-Tournament team while Madden also collected Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament recognition.

After losing seven position starters from the 2014 campaign, the Bears did not miss a beat under Megahee’s watch. Mercer showcased a prolific offense and the SoCon’s top defense, despite featuring an everyday lineup that consisted of only two upperclassmen.  
The Bears’ offense heated up as the season developed, averaging over eight runs per game while batting .313 with 46 home runs over their 37 contests. Mercer finished the 2015 season ranked fifth in the nation with 69 home runs, while also ranking 27th in scoring (6.8 runs per game) and 30th in doubles (1180.

Megahee was also successful rebuilding the Bears’ defense in 2015, as the program led the SoCon with a .973 fielding percentage including a streak of 39 straight innings without an error.

Megahee took over as the Bears’ hitting instructor in 2014 while also working with the program’s defense. Under his guidance, Mercer continued its offensive prowess, ranking among the top-40 nationally in home runs (15th – 42), slugging percentage (28th - .412) and on-base percentage (38th - .378) en route to the program's fifth-straight season of 38 wins or more.

The Bears’ defense was equally as impressive, backing the program’s record-setting pitching staff with a defense that ranked 28th nationally with a .978 fielding percentage.

Several players racked up individual honors during Megahee’s first season at Mercer, as he helped guide four all-conference selections and one MLB draft selection. Shortstop Michael Massi headlined the group with a handful of honors and a program record 196 assists in 2014. Massi garnered All-Atlantic Sun first team, A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Capital One Academic All-America first team and Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region second team honors during his senior campaign. Nick Backlund, Sasha LaGarde and Chesny Young also claimed all-conference recognition, while Young was selected in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Megahee came to Mercer after spending the previous four seasons at SEC power Auburn with Pawlowski. From 2010-2012, Megahee served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Auburn before being elevated to Assistant Coach for the 2013 season. Auburn posted a 136-101 record in Megahee’s four seasons on the Plains, including an SEC Western Division Title in 2010. That year, Auburn hosted an NCAA Regional and finished ranked No. 19 in the country.

While at Auburn, Megahee filled a variety of roles. Megahee served as the team’s outfield coach in 2010 and 2011, coached the team’s catchers in 2012 and worked with the catchers and infielders in 2013. He spent two seasons as Auburn’s first-base coach and two seasons as the team’s third-base coach. 

Megahee also played an instrumental role with the Tigers offense.  Auburn led the SEC in hitting in two of Megahee’s four years at Auburn. In 2010, the Tigers hit a school-record .348 as team. That team also led the nation in home runs (131) and slugging percentage (.591) and finished in the top-10 nationally in hits (816), runs scored (584) and runs per game (9.1). The 2012 edition of the Tigers led the SEC in team batting average (.304), hits (610), on-base percentage (.386) and stolen bases (113). 

Individual accomplishments were the norm at Auburn during Megahee’s stay. First baseman Hunter Morris was named the SEC Player of the Year in 2010. Morris and outfielder Brian Fletcher were also named first team All-Americans that year. Auburn had 25 players drafted during Megahee’s tenure. 15 of those were position players, including Morris (4th round), Trent Mummey (4th round), Dan Gamache (6th round) and Garrett Cooper (6th Round). In his nine years as an assistant coach, Megahee has seen 32 of his former player go on to play professional baseball.

Auburn’s recruiting also flourished with Megahee on staff. Auburn’s 2012 signing class was ranked No. 9 in the country by Perfect Game.  That class also included two first-round draft picks in David Dahl and Addison Russell. Auburn’s 2013 class that Megahee helped bring to the Plains was ranked No. 13 in the country according to Baseball America. 

Prior to his time at Auburn, Megahee spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Monmouth. In his lone season at Monmouth, the Hawks captured the 2009 Northeast Conference Championship and played in the NCAA Regionals in Oxford, Mississippi. That season, Monmouth had two players drafted and four named to the NEC All-Conference team. The Hawks hit .318 as a team in 2009 and set a school record with 100 stolen bases. Megahee’s sole recruiting class was ranked in the top-100 nationally by Perfect Game.

From 2006-2008, Megahee served as the volunteer assistant coach at Mercer. Megahee played an integral role in the growth of Mercer’s program. Mercer appeared in three consecutive Atlantic Sun Tournaments during Megahee’s first stint with the Bears, including two A-Sun Tournament runner-up finishes. 

A native of Norman Park, Ga., Megahee was a two-year starting shortstop for the Bears after transferring to Mercer from Darton College. A career .285 hitter at Mercer, Megahee was named an Academic All-Conference selection in 2005 after leading the Bears to a 28-26 record for their first .500 or better season since 1999.

Megahee graduated from Mercer with a bachelor's degree in education in 2006 and earned a master's degree in education in 2008.

Ty Megahee

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