PHSC's men's baseball program started in 1992 competing in the Suncoast Conference as a NJCAA Division I program. In just the third year of the program, PHSC finished runner-up in the 1994 FCCAA state tournament. Other state tournament appearances were in 1995 and 1997. Also in 1995, the team won the Suncoast Conference championship.
In 2010, the athletics program switched to Division II status. Since then, the men's baseball team has appeared in the NJCAA Region 10 District Tournament in North Carolina seven times. In 2014, we were NJCAA Region 10 Champions and advanced to the World Series finishing fourth nationally. We are proud to have had over 30 players sign professional contracts; many have gone on to top universities throughout the country.
About Coach Coleman
Lyndon Coleman is in his first season as head coach taking over for PHSC athletic director Steve Winterling. Coleman had served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for three years prior to his appointment. "Lyndon has been very instrumental in our success the past three years and brings a wealth of knowledge and college coaching experience to our program," said Winterling.
During Coleman’s tenure, PHSC has a 93-50-1 record with two NJCAA Dll Region 8 championships and trips to the NJCAA Dll Southeast District Tournament. In 2018 PHSC recorded one of the best seasons in program history winning 36 games and moving on to the NJCAA regional tournament in North Carolina. Coleman helped move 11 players to four-year schools including (4) D-1 players, most notably Ryan Russell (High Point University) and Caleb Walls (University of Maryland)
Coleman started his college baseball career at Pasco-Hernando State College. Coleman hit .314 in 2009 and was a key player in setting a school record with 37 wins. Coleman hit .353 in 2010 and was All-Suncoast Conference. Coleman finished the last two years of his college career at Barry University in Miami, Florida. In 2011, the Bucs went 20-4 and won the Sunshine State Conference. In the summer of 2011, he played for the Covington Lumberjacks in the Valley Baseball League where he finished the season hitting .343 which was third best in the league. Covington also won the Valley Baseball League championship that summer. Coleman graduated from Barry University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in coaching. Coleman has since graduated from Capella University with a masters in sport psychology.
Lyndon Coleman has gained the reputation for developing quality baseball players on and off the field during his six years of coaching college and summer collegiate baseball. Prior to taking over at PHSC, Coleman coached in two of the most historic summer collegiate summer leagues. the Valley Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League. During his time with the Winchester Royals he acted as the pitching coach for the first season and the head coach, pitching coach, and recruiting coordinator for the next two seasons. Coleman led Winchester to two consecutive playoff appearances and went 43-41 overall as the head coach. In 2016, the Royals pitching staff had a 4.44 ERA, which was fifth best in the league. They also dominated the league in stolen bases with 120 in 42 games, leading the league by nearly 40, and finishing nationally in the top five for summer collegiate baseball. In 2017, The Royals finished third in the league for ERA at 4.36 and stolen bases at 86. Coleman’s teams finished in the top half of the league in almost every other offensive category both seasons. In the summer of 2018, Coleman was the manager of the Keene Swampbats in the NECBL where they posted a record of 24-20. That year Keene made the playoffs and set a league record for strike outs as a pitching staff and finished leading the league in stolen bases (111), 5 stolen bases shy of the league record. The stolen bases were good for a top 5 national ranking in summer collegiate baseball. Coleman coached the MVP of the NECBL and new single season RBI record holder Brandon Smith. Coleman sent eight players to the All-Star game and also coached the NECBL Homerun Derby Champion Lorenzo Hampton.
Coleman started his coaching career in 2013 at Barry University in Miami, Florida under then Head Coach Marc Pavao. Coleman acted as the catching coach during his two seasons with the Bucs, Both catchers that he mentored signed to play professional baseball. In 2015, Coleman was an infield coach under head coach Ryan Beckman at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater before coaching under Steve Winterling for three years. Coleman has coached 17 players that have gone on to play professional baseball and many others who have played in independent leagues. Tyler Kinley with the Miami Marlins and Josh James with the Houston Astros are two of Coleman's former players that moved on to the Major leagues.
About Coach Holke
Chris Holke is in his first year as the assistant baseball coach at PHSC. He serves as the third base coach and assists in recruiting efforts. Prior to PHSC, Holke coached two seasons at Catawba College under legendary Head Coach Jim Gantt. At Catawba, he served the program as the catching coach and assisted with hitters and outfielders in addition to helping with recruiting efforts. Catawba won back-to-back South Atlantic Conference titles and were the NCAA Southeast D-2 regional runner-up in 2017.
This past summer, Holke coached with the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League. It was his second season with the Express and he served as the third base coach/recruiting coordinator under Manager Dale Varsho. In 2017, the Express won the Second Half Northwoods League North Division and led the Northwoods League in stolen bases. In 2016, Holke was head coach of the Northern Knights in the Chicago Metropolitan Baseball League. From 2011-15, Holke was an assistant coach with the Barrington Post 158 American Legion Team. During his time as an assistant coach, the team won the Illinois American Legion State Championship in 2014.
Holke started his collegiate coaching career in 2014 at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois under Head Coach Bob Koopmann. Holke served the program as the catching coach and assisted with the hitters as well as recruiting efforts.
A native of Barrington, Ill., he played collegiately at Harper College, where he was a two-time NJCAA N4C All-Conference performer and a second team Region IV All-regional pick in 2011. In 2012, he spent one season at North Dakota State University and finished his playing career as a catcher at Rockford University in 2014. Holke graduated Cum Laude from Rockford University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degrees in history and political science. He completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford in 2016. He resides in Port Richey.