Head Coach Ty Platt enters his tenth year at the helm of the HU basketball program. Continuing the winning tradition, Platt has guided the Foresters to seven winning seasons which includes going 24-8 during the 2013-14 campaign.
During his nine years as the HU skipper, Platt’s teams have averaged over 17 wins a season. In addition to enjoying a trip to the NAIA National Tournament and three seasons of at least 20 wins, his teams have racked up 105 wins against 46 losses when playing in the friendly confines of Platt Arena.
The Foresters have led the nation in free throw shooting three different seasons under Platt’s direction, and have also set six new school records in the last nine seasons to go along with finishing in the top 10 nationally in 24 statistical categories throughout his tenure. His teams have also been ranked in the NAIA Top 25 at some point in five different seasons which includes being in the Top 25 the entire 2013-14 season.
Five of Coach Platt’s players have earned NAIA All-America honors and on 25 occasions, his players have received All-Conference honors including Caleb Kennedy, who was the Crossroads Player of the Year and Crossroads Athlete of the Year in 2011-12.
Platt’s players have also enjoyed plenty of success in the classroom. Of the Foresters who have played four years under Coach Platt, 100% of those players have graduated with their degree.
Platt enters his 26th year of coaching basketball. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in 1992, he spent a year as the assistant coach for his former coach Paul Patterson. After one season at Taylor, he took the head boys basketball coaching position at Southwestern High School in Hanover, Indiana, as the youngest high school coach in the state at the time. Platt made an immediate impact on the program, leading the team to a conference title, while earning Coach of the Year honors.
After back-to-back winning seasons, he then took over as head coach at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana. While in Columbus, Platt guided the Olympian basketball program to its first sectional title in eight years. Four years later Platt returned closer to home to head the Norwell High School boys basketball program, a position he held for six years.
Having won more than 125 games as a head coach at the high school level, Platt came to Huntington as the Associate Head Coach under his father, Steve Platt, a position he held for three years before taking over the reins in 2008.
As a player in the very successful Taylor University basketball program, Platt scored over 1100 points, grabbed over 500 rebounds, was an All-District player and was the 1992 Trojan Athlete of the Year. He helped lead TU to three NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a Final Four finish in 1991 when the NAIA had only one division.
Platt holds an MEd from Indiana Wesleyan and is an active member of the NABC and IBCA. He and his wife Brenda have three children, Kyle, Konner and Kalee.