Trevecca coach Ben Tyree concluded his seventh season, the 2014-15 season, as the head coach at Trevecca with a 256-88-1 overall record. His teams are 46-5 in G-MAC play and are 115-25-1 all-time in conference play. Ben Tyree is 32-12 in postseason competition at Trevecca.
Tyree is the seventh coach in the history of the Trevecca softball program. The 2015-16 season is his eighth as the head coach of the Trojans.
Tyree is a six-time coach of the year selection, all in the last six seasons. Twice, beginning in 2010, he was the TranSouth Athletic Conference coach of the year, was named the NCCAA MidEast Regional coach of the year in 2012, and has been selected as the G-MAC coach of the year in each of the last three seasons - 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Coach Tyree says, "Our goal is to provide an environment that student-athletes are proud to be a part of while they are here on the Hill and especially later as they become Trevecca alum."
"We offer an opportunity for young women to pursue a Christian education while playing softball at a high level. Our mission is to help players develop both on and off the field. When their playing career is complete we intend them to be prepared for life after college and to have had a great career and experience between the lines."
The 2014-15 team was the first to advance to the NCAA Division Midwest Regional. Not only did the team become the first G-MAC team to advance to regional play, they are the first to win a regional contest and the first to reach the championship game.
The team collected 40 wins and their third G-MAC title in a row. The Trojans have never lost a G-MAC tournament game and have three consecutive regular season and tournament championships. They are the only team to win either the G-MAC softball regular season or tournament championship. The team finished 20-1 in G-MAC play.
During the 2013-2014 season Tyree was named the G-MAC Coach of the year after leading his troops to their second-consecutive G-MAC regular season and tournament championship. Tyree has earned the G-MAC Coach of the Year two years in a row.
The team finished 14-4 in conference play and swept through the postseason tournament with a 4-0 record.
In two seasons of G-MAC play the Trojans are 26-4 in regular season games and 34-4 when you add in the conference tournament games.
The 2014 Trojans finished 36-10 overall
The 2013 Trojans were 29-12 record, including a perfect 12-0 mark in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
Tyree’s 2012 Trojans were 38-16-1 and won the 2012 NCCAA Mid-East regional to advance to the 2012 NCCAA Championships. Trevecca finished third overall at Nationals. He was rewarded with his third coach of the year award when he was selected the 2012 NCCAA Mid-East Region coach of the year.
In 2011 Tyree led the program to the TranSouth regular season and tournament titles for the fifth time in six seasons. For his efforts he received the TranSouth Coach of the Year award for the second time. The team produced a 48-4 overall record, which included a 29-1 mark in TranSouth action. TNU finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the NAIA national rankings, the highest ranking ever achieved by any Trevecca team. The Trojans advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the fifth time in six years.
Tyree has led four teams to the national tournament. He led the 2011 and 2012 team to the NCCAA National Championships, finishing 3rd in 2011. He also took two teams to the NAIA National Championships.
His players have earned numerous awards on the field and in the classroom. His players have earned the following honors:
All-America Award: 1st Team (4); 2nd Team (8)
National Player-of-Year: (1)
National Tournament- All-Tournament Team: (3)
Region Player-of-Year: (1)
Region Pitcher-of-Year: (1)
All Region Team: (18)
Conference Player-of-Year: (3)
Conference Pitcher-of-Year: (3)
Conference Freshman-of-Year: (1)
All-Conference Team: (45)
National Scholar Athletes: NAIA (10) NCCAA (15) NFCA (7)
Conference Scholar Athletes: TranSouth (28) G-MAC (23)
Capital One All-District: (3)
Conference Coach-of-Year (5):
Region Coach-of-Year: (2)
NCCAA Student Athlete-of-Week Award: (5)
Before joining the Trevecca staff, Tyree was a non-faculty softball coach at Page High and Brentwood High School in Williamson County where his team’s overall record was 98-29.
In addition he and coached the Brentwood Blues travel team from 1995-2004. He had more than 350 victories coaching travel ball, a World Series runner-up finish, and five Top-10 finishes. On the state level, he had eight softball state championships and two runner-up teams. More than 20 of his players earned college scholarships at the junior college, NAIA, and NCAA levels.
Coach Tyree also worked several seasons coaching the Silver Bullets, a women's 23-U Fastpitch team in Middle Tennessee. He served as an instructor at the University of Tennessee Softball Camp and other camps in Middle Tennessee.
Tyree spent 30 years as a basketball referee, working both the high school and college ranks from 1976 to 2005. He was selected to work postseason tournaments on the high school (TSSAA) and college (NAIA, TranSouth Conference, junior college) levels. He was also named president of the Middle-Tennessee Basketball Officials Association and the Official of the Year.
Tyree is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. While at MTSU, he played basketball for Coach Jimmy Earle and is a member of the Varsity Club.
He graduated from Nashville's John Overton High School, where he played basketball and served as team captain. He also played on the tennis team.
He worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation from 1975 until retiring in 2015. He was the transportation manager in the Project Development Division.
Coach Tyree and his wife, Susan, reside in Brentwood and have two daughters, Tracy and Allison. They attend Concord Road Church of Christ in Brentwood.