Former Minor Leaguer Hired to Lead St. Patrick Varsity Baseball

BILOXI, Miss. — Tony Gruich, Vice Principal, announces today that Tyler Buckley has been hired as the varsity head baseball coach at St. Patrick Catholic High School for the 2019-20 school year.

Buckley was previously an assistant coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. While at East Central, he assisted in multiple aspects of the program such as recruiting, field maintenance, fundraising, and training the pitching staff.  In 2017, he helped coach the Warriors to the MACJC and Region 23 tournament.  During his first season on staff in 2016, Buckley helped lead the Warriors to a MACJC championship and Region 23 runner-up. During his time at East Central, he assisted 25 student-athletes in continuing their athletic careers to the next level.

In 2013, Buckley was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies organization where he spent two seasons in the minor league as a pitcher.  He was also selected a New York Penn League All-Star in 2013.

Prior to his minor league career, Buckley played college baseball for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Buckley received his associate’s degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community college and completed his bachelor’s degree in social science at William Carey University.Buckley is married to Hannah Herring of Petal, Mississippi, and they have two daughters, Evie Jayne and Maggie Klaire.


St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi. Established in 2007, St. Patrick is the premier secondary educational institution in South Mississippi and strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 100% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.