Tyler Atkinson enters his first season as the Director of Baseball Operations with the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley.
Atkinson, who will help in player development and baseball operations, spent the last 11 years as the baseball operations director and a head coach with the Northwest Bandits. Atkinson’s coached the Bandits’ 16U team while scheduling fields, hotels and games and running the team’s website and social media pages.
What do the first two hours of your day look like?
First thing I start off with is updating my to do list. Which I find I update quite a lot in this job as things get thrown at you every day. The rest of my morning is spent replying to emails, working on camp/showcase paper work and helping the staff with any and all things technology related.
Name one go-to resource that helps you with your duties.
Microsoft OneNote is my absolute favorite tool of all time. I have used it for about 4 years now after discovering it while working at Microsoft. The product works with all things Microsoft so seamlessly that I put all of my documents, charts and checklists in it. Being able to add as many pages/folders as I need makes it very easy to stay organized with everything. I recommend OneNote to everyone working on our staff and our department. By adding screen shots, pasting emails or even drawing on the page nothing is left to question.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself to prioritize my work a little better and set dates for things that need to be completed at a certain time. I have realized quickly in this job that some items are more important than others and need to take priority during the week. Since then, I have started creating outlook appointments to keep me on track with all of my work.
Best career or work advice you ever received?
My dad always told me that I need to treat everyone I meet with kindness. Kindness is never the wrong thing to do. Regardless of a person circumstances or job title they deserve respect and kindness. Learning this at an early age has helped me tremendously in my job today.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.
Working for my father’s youth baseball organization the Northwest Bandits as a head coach / operational director. Baseball has been a part of my life since I was 4 years old and being able to develop young men in such a great game like baseball was an easy choice for me. Along with coaching I ran our organizations website and social media accounts. When I was approached by Coach Matlock here at UTRGV I was instantly intrigued by the thought of putting my past work experiences together. Past experiences being working in baseball as well as the corporate world of Microsoft. Seemed to me like putting the best of both worlds together. The job is still new to me but I have no regrets about moving to Texas and working with such a great staff.