An avid Independence Community College supporter for more than 30 years. Tom Tyler has been serving as a volunteer assistant coach on the bench for the Pirate men's basketball program for nearly two decades. Tyler started as a fan of Pirate athletics when the men's basketball team participated in the 1976 NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson. Since then, he has volunteered his services to the colelge in several different capacities while also spending time on the Pirate bench.
In addition to his duties with basketball, Tyler has also served as an assistant coach in the Pirate golf program, where he was a part of a team that advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament with four straight Region VI championships.