Jeff Tylka

Jeff Tylka enters his second season on staff with Penn State softball after being hired by head coach Clarisa Crowell in August 2020.

Tylka serves primarily as the hitting coach for the Nittany Lions.

In addition to serving as the hitting coach, Tylka handles infield defense for Penn State while assisting with overall team defense.

In his first season as an assistant coach in 2021, Tylka guided junior Ally Kurland to hit a career high in home runs on the season. He also mentored freshman Mel Coombs to a standout rookie year, including a 4-for-5 performance at Nebraska on March 28, the first four-hit game for a Nittany Lion player since 2018.

Tylka came to Happy Valley from Elite Baseball/Softball Training in Chicago, Illinois, where he was the director of fastpitch and a hitting instructor. Tylka oversaw numerous hitting classes and training seminars while he also tested and wrote movement programs for all softball players.

He worked with softball Olympians, MLB players, Division I athletes and youth players to help develop their swings and help them use the best swing for their movement capabilities. Tylka learned from top instructors Justin Stone and Travis Kerber. Stone is currently the Director of Hitting for the Chicago Cubs.

Prior to working at Elite, Tylka was the head softball coach at Loyola University in Chicago (LUC) from 2015-19. Tylka holds the third-highest win mark among LUC head coaches with 111 wins under his belt. He instituted multiple offensive concepts and changes in his five seasons at the helm that led the Ramblers to the top batting average in program history during the 2019 season (.303).

During the 2019 season, the Ramblers also established single-season team records for runs (239), hits (403) and RBI (214) while reaching the 25-win benchmark for the second time in the last three seasons. Tylka guided Allyson Ivey to Loyola single-season records for RBI (54) and batting average (.460, 63-for-137) while the batting average was also a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) record. Ivey earned First Team All-MVC honors and First Team NFCA All-Midwest Region accolades, to be only Loyola's second-ever first team all-district winner. Additionally, Shannon McGee and Jessica Shields earned second team and third team NFCA All-Midwest honors, respectively, to create a school record amount of all-region players.

In 2018, Tylka coached the Ramblers to 23 victories, including a 8-4 win at Notre Dame, the program's first decision over a Power 5 conference opponent since 2016. He helped McGee to first team All-MVC accolades as she batted a team-best .372 while only striking out seven times all season.