Softball

Jeff Tylka Out as Loyola Softball Coach

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsTylka spent five years as Loyola softball head coach and amassed a 111-141 record.

After five years as Loyola softball head coach, Jeff Tylka won’t return to his post next season, Loyola Athletics confirmed.

Tylka’s contract expired after the 2019 season and wasn’t renewed, a Loyola Athletics spokesperson told The Phoenix. He joined the program in 2011 as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach in 2014.

He totaled a 111-141 overall record during his tenure at the helm — making him the third coach in program history to win 100 games — and went 37-89 in Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) action. The Ramblers have never finished higher than seventh in MVC play, doing so in 2014 and 2019.

Loyola has already started its search for a new coach, posting the job opening on its website June 13.

The Ramblers are set to return 12 players to the roster next season next season, including second team All-MVC outfielder Shannon McGee and 2019 MVC Newcomer of the Year Jessica Shields. Tylka didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment at the time of publication.

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