On May 10, Athletic Director Shane Lasseter selected Heard County native Tyler Spradlin to be the new varsity baseball coach at Heard County High School for the 2022-2023 school year. As soon as the position became open, school leaders knew they wanted to select someone who was currently part of the varsity baseball coaching staff. Spradlin was one of the candidates considered, and was chosen because of experience, his background, and his ability to keep the very talented coaching staff together. “We believe that with Spradlin at the helm and with a tremendously gifted staff of assistant coaches, that our program will be successful for years to come,” stated Heard County High School principal J.J Wahl.
Spradlin, a lifelong Heard County resident, played varsity baseball and football all four years he attended Heard County High School. After graduation, Spradlin attended and played baseball at Young Harris College for two years. Spradlin transferred to the University of Georgia and completed his bachelor degree in Biology in 2016. In 2017, Spradlin was hired to teach science at Heard County High School, where he also coached baseball, girls basketball, middle school football, and high school football. In 2018, Spradlin married his wife Jasmine, who also graduated from Heard County High School and currently teaches fifth graders at Heard County Elementary School.
Spradlin believes that Heard County can be perennial title contenders in baseball. “I think every coach has winning a state championship as their ultimate goal,” claims Spradlin. “But with the help of a great group of assistant coaches and dedicated kids, our goal is to be consistently competitive every year.”
“We are excited for Tyler and we know that he and this great staff will take this opportunity to make this great place even better,” said Heard County High School athletic director Shane Lasseter. “I don’t know of a better compliment to say than as a Dad I am grateful that my boys will play for and be influenced by these great coaches and men.”