The 2018-2019 Academic year marks Tyler Care's fifth season at the helm of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Men's Basketball team making him the longest active tenured coach among all 10 varisty sports. It will also mark his first season serving as Penn State Greater Allegheny's Assistant Athletic Director.
Over his previous four seasons with the PSUGA Men's Basketball Team, Care has led the Lions to the Penn State University Athletic Conference Playoffs three times as well as making two appearances in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship. Care's career record of 64-46 with the PSUGA Men's Basketball Team makes him the winngest coach in program history.
Last season started off with a bang for Care and his team when they won their first four games of the season for the first time in program history. During that stretch, they knocked off Point Park 82-77 to grab their first ever win against a scholarship school. They would finish the regular season as the #1 seed in the PSUAC Tournament with a record of 13-3 in conference play. However, after taking the bye, they fell to PSU-Wilkes Barre in the Semifinal Round 67-59. They would then recieve a bid to their second straight USCAA National Championship entering as the number six seed. They battled hard but would drop their first game of the tournament to #3 seeded Villa Maria in three overtimes 106-101 ending their season.
Care was named the 2017-2018 PSUAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year for the first time in his career helping his team break many records on the court. He had three players amass the 1,000 point mark in their collegiate careers during the season and helped Khari Hicks break the all-time assist record and Curtis Newby break the all-time rebounding record during the course of the year.
The 2016-2017 season, marked the most successful season in Greater Allegheny basketball history when PSUGA finishing with a 23-6 overall record and captured the PSUAC Tournament Championship as the second seed when they upset #1 seeded PSU-York in a 60-58 victory. The win marked the team's third PSUAC Championship in program history and the first since the 2006 season.
PSUGA made their first USCAA National Tournament Appearance in eleven years as the 4th seed following their PSUAC Championship run. There they got their first USCAA National Tournament victory in school history defeating Southern Maine Community College by a score of 81-51 before falling in the semi-final round to Berkley.
During his tenure with PSUGA, Care has coached 5 USCAA All-Americans, 9 PSUAC All-Conference players, and 6 Academic All-Americans. Care has also played a big role in bringing in student athletes and also serves as PSUGA's recruiting coordinator in the off-season working to help recruit athletes for all 10 of the campuses varsity sports.
Care will also be taking on a new role during the 2018-2019 academic year as he is stepping in as the head coach for the revitalized Golf Team, a program that has not been present at PSUGA since the 2011-2012 academic year.
Prior to joining Greater Allegheny, Care was a graduate assistant at California University of Pennsylvania during the 2013-14 season under legendary Cal-U Head Coach Bill Brown.
He served as the associate head coach at Community College of Beaver County in 2012-13. While with CCBC, Care helped lead the program to a 26-1 overall record and the No. 1 ranking in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II for a large portion of the season. His team went undefeated during the regular season and captured their conference championship. Their lone loss of the year came in the Regional Title Game.
The Hopewell native is very familiar with the PSUAC and USCAA, as he played his four-year collegiate career at Penn State Beaver. While at the Beaver campus, he led the team to three straight Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) championships and four appearances in the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament while compiling an 86-34 record as a player.
Care earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State University in Business Management in 2012. He later completed a master's degree in Sports Administration from California University of PA in 2014.