Tyler Leichtenberger is a former standout with the RIT Tigers, pitching at RIT from 2011-2014. As a player and a coach, Leichtenberger has been at the forefront of RIT’s rise to prominence since moving to the Liberty League in 2012.
Under Leichtenberger’s guidance, the Tigers won a school-record 33 games, won its first Liberty League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship for the first time in 2017. RIT set single-season program records for highest winning percentage (.785), highest fielding percentage (.973), runs scored (317), hits (432), doubles (105), home runs (23), runs batted in (287), total bases (642), slugging percentage (.452), and walks (191). The pitching staff re-wrote the school record book with the most strikeouts (319), shutouts (4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.22), and lowest WHIP (1.19).
Last season, RIT advanced to the Liberty League Championship Tournament for the third time in four seasons and won 20 games.
Leichtenberger pitched in various roles on the staff during his four years as a starter and a reliever. A two-time All-Liberty League selection, he holds school records for both saves in a season (7) and career (14), and is fourth all-time in appearances (49).
Upon finishing his playing days, Leichtenberger started his coaching career by joining the RIT staff as a graduate assistant in 2015, while also managing his hometown legion team the past three summers. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering in May 2015, Leichtenberger continued his role on the RIT staff as an assistant coach.
Originally from Warren, Pa., Leichtenberger is employed as a mechanical engineer at Delphi Corporation and resides in Rochester.