Tami Cyr | Head Coach
Alma Mater: Louisiana Tech
Office Phone: 474-3316
Tami Cyr is in her 20th year at the University of West Florida and her 18th season as the school's Head Softball Coach. Under her leadership, the Argonauts have become one of the most dominant teams in the Gulf South Conference and the South Region of NCAA Division II. Cyr has led West Florida to GSC Tournament appearances each year since the school joined the conference in 1995. The Argonauts have won three conference titles and two South Region championships during Cyr's tenure, in addition to making ten South Region Tournament appearances and two appearances in the NCAA National Tournament.
Entering the 2011 season, Cyr was ranked 27th among winningest all-time coaches across all NCAA divisions by number of wins, and 6th among active Division II coaches in victories. According to winning percentage, Cyr's .681 ranked her 19th among active Division II coaches.
In addition, she entered the 2012 campaign 19th among all-time Division II coaches by winning percentage, and 11th among all-time Division II coaches by number of victories. Her 801 West Florida wins through the completion of the 2012 season are more than any other coach in GSC history. Cyr earned her 900th career head coaching victory in a 15-0 win over Lynn University during the 2010-11 season.
In 2005, Cyr led West Florida had the biggest turnaround of any Division II school. After finishing 36-20 in 2004, the Argonauts posted a 60-6 record in 2005. On Feb. 26, West Florida defeated then-top-ranked Florida Southern for the program's 1,000 career win. West Florida was 24-1 in conference play, and swept their GSC West opponents in the eight-game GSC Crossover. The Argonauts captured their second consecutive GSC title by winning three games on the final day of competition. West Florida advanced to their third straight South Region tournament.
In 1998, Cyr guided the Argonauts to their first GSC Championship. West Florida went 19-5 in the regular season and swept the field at the GSC Tournament, winning all five games. They continued on their first trip to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. Cyr was named GSC Co-Coach of the Year, and West Florida also captured the AFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year for the second straight season.
Cyr took the reins of the program prior to the 1993 NAIA National Tournament when then head coach Doug Palmer had to miss the event due to emergency surgery. West Florida shocked the tournament field by winning the national championship despite having only 10 players on their roster. Palmer and Cyr both received the NAIA Coach of the Year honors for their team's outstanding effort. In the 1995 inaugural NCAA Division II season, Cyr was selected Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year, and she received the South Region Coach of the Year honors for the 1997 season. Cyr has been named GSC Coach of the Year five times, more than any other coach in conference history.
During Cyr's tenure as UWF head coach, she has mentored 71 All-GSC players and 23 All-South Region honorees. She coached two-time GSC East Player of the Year Jill Burnett, 1999 GSC MVP Blake Baskin, 2005 GSC Pitcher of the Year Amber Browning, and 2009 GSC Pitcher of the Year Jillian Lafrance. Three players have also earned GSC Freshmen of the Year honors: Baskin, Krissy Styrna and Natalie Manis. Cyr has guided six athletes to All-America honors: Baskin and Styrna, each named All-Americans twice, Jackie Moore in 2003, Amber Browning in 2005 and the duo of Ingram and Miles in 2010. She has coached eight UWF Hall of Famers, and also saw her 1993 National Championship team inducted to the Hall of Fame in the 2003-04 class.
Prior to coming to West Florida, Cyr compiled a 127-99 record at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. In her five-year tenure at Centenary, her teams competed in four Bi/Tri District playoffs and the 1991 NAIA National Championships. Centenary maintained a national Top 20 ranking throughout her career at the school.
As a collegiate player, Cyr was a pitcher and an outfielder at Louisiana Tech University. She finished her playing career as one of the most honored Lady Techster softball players ever, earning recognition on the All-NCAA South Region team as a pitcher. Her jersey was also retired by the university. Louisiana Tech qualified for the NCAA Division I College World Series twice and were ranked in the Top 20 each of her four years.
She was selected to the Regional All-American Team as a freshman after posting a 21-5 record, and a 0.80 earned run average. She also added three triples and five game-winning hits. By her junior year, she had already set the school record in wins. Her 57 career wins are still fifth all-time. Cyr's career 0.81 earned run average is still the third-lowest in school history. She also posted three of the top 10 lowest single-season earned run averages. Cyr's name is also still in the record book with 67 complete games (6th), 275 strikeouts (8th), and 567 1/3 innings pitched (10th).
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Cyr is a highly respected beach volleyball player. She has won tournament titles along the Gulf Coast and been invited to participate in national tournaments in Atlanta, Ga., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Santa Barbara, Calif. Cyr stays active in the off season, participating in the 2001 Disney Marathon and representing Canada in the World Master Games in 2002 for a silver medal.