Ty Platt to become HU men's basketball head coach

Huntington, Ind.—Ty Platt will take over as head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, beginning in the 2008-2009 season. Platt succeeds his father, Steve Platt, who coached the Foresters for 14 years.

“I really have a lot of confidence in my son,” Steve Platt said at a press conference earlier today. “I’ll be at the games cheering him on, and I know he’ll be successful.”

Ty Platt will become the 24th head coach in Huntington University’s 80-year men’s basketball history. As the head coach, his objectives will be to “continue to be Christ-centered as a team, graduate players and win basketball games.”

Ty Platt at a press conference earlier today
“I always wanted to coach at the small college level,” Platt said. “I’m a very blessed man.”

“We believe Ty is an excellent choice to help manage a smooth transition in our men’s basketball program,” said Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president. “We are excited about his new leadership role with the team, and we look forward to the development of a new Platt legacy in Forester basketball.”

During his father’s tenure, the younger Platt has served as associate head coach of the Foresters since 2005. He joined the staff after coaching 12 years in the high school ranks. Upon his graduation from Taylor University in 1992, Platt spent a year assisting his former coach, Paul Patterson, before taking the boys’ head coach position at Southwestern High School in Hanover, Ind., the following year. He spent two years there and then took the reins of the Columbus East High School program in Columbus, Ind. After a four-year stint in Columbus, he took over the Ossian, Ind.-based Norwell High School boys’ program in 1999 and remained there for six years. As a head coach, he won more than 125 games, a conference title and a sectional title. His achievements also earned him Coach of the Year honors.

Ty Platt (left) coaching with his father, Steve Platt
As the Foresters’ associate head coach, Platt’s responsibilities are an extension of those of the head coach. He is active in running practices, the recruiting process and administrative duties.

As a player in the successful Taylor University basketball program, Platt scored more than 1,100 points in his career. As a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-District player, he helped lead the Trojans to three NAIA National Tournament berths and a final four appearance in 1991. He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. In addition, he earned a Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1997. Platt currently teaches psychology and health at Norwell High School. He and his wife, Brenda, have three children, Kyle (12), Konner (9) and Kalee (8).

Ty Platt at the 2006 NAIA Celebration at Huntington University
At A Glance

Ty Platt

Huntington University

Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Head Coach beginning in 2008-2009

As Coach

High school head coach for 12 years

Winner of more than 125 games

Coordinated and directed numerous basketball camps

Spoke at a number of camps and clinics

Won Coach of the Year honors

Won Conference title

Won Sectional title

As a Player

1,100 points scored at Taylor University

All-District Player

NAIA Final Four

3 National Tournament appearances

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director