Tyler Oakes will take over the role of pitching coach for the South Dakota State University baseball team during the 2011 season.
A native of Jordan, Minn., Oakes pitched at the University of Minnesota from 2006-09. He was a member of the starting rotation during his sophomore season in 2007, compiling a 4-6 record in 14 starts. He worked mainly out of the bullpen his other three seasons with the Golden Gophers under the guidance of his father and longtime Minnesota pitching coach, Todd Oakes.
Following the 2009 collegiate season, Oakes signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He made 14 appearances, including one start, for Princeton of the Appalachian League and compiled a 2-0 record with a 3.82 earned-run average. Oakes struck out 28 batters in 33 innings.
Oakes earned a bachelor's degree in sports management at Minnesota and is pursuing a master's degree at South Dakota State.