Erik Grafton
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coord.
Baseball Coaches
PHONE: (903) 565-5659 EMAIL: egrafton@uttyler.edu
Erik Grafton

Erik Grafton enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the UT Tyler Patriots, including four seasons in which he helped lead the Patriots to the American Southwest Conference Championships.

In his two seasons as recruiting coordinator, Coach Grafton is responsible for bringing in 23 All-Conference and 8 All-Region performers, as well as 1 All-American, the programs first since 2013.  He led a 2017 Patriot offense that boasted a .321 team batting average, scoring 338 runs, 7+ per game and tutored a sure handed Patriot Infield that turned a school record 49 double plays.

“The work Coach Grafton does in recruiting to get phenomenal talent in here every year is unbelievable, “says Porche.  “He is my right hand man in the day to day operations of this program.  I couldn’t be more honored to work side by side with him every day.  What he brings to this program is invaluable.”

Grafton was a part of former head coach Chris Bertrand’s staff for four seasons, earning a promotion after each of those seasons.  Grafton will continue serving as the programs recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator, as well as working with infielders and hitters.  On game days, Grafton coaches third base.

“Coach Grafton earned my respect before I even had the job here at UT Tyler,” Said Coach Porche.  “I saw the work he was doing from afar and was able to spend some time talking with him throughout the hiring process.  I knew instantly that he was the right man for the job.  His tireless work ethic and attention to detail help to keep our day to day operations of the program running smoothly and up to the standard that we expect.  He has done a great job of recruiting this very talented ball club and is always looking for ways to be better at what he does.”

Grafton, a graduate of Hendrix College, lettered three years for the Warriors as a catcher and an infielder. In 2007, he was named to the All-Academic Team in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. In 2011, Grafton finished his Master's degree at the University of Central Arkansas and was a volunteer assistant with the UCA Baseball team.

Prior to UT Tyler, Grafton was an assistant coach with the Conway High School baseball team in Arkansas and a private baseball and softball instructor in Martin, Tennessee.

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