Jim Toman

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Jim Toman
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Record 328–206–1
Biographical details
Born (1961-11-28) November 28, 1961 (age 55)
Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Alma mater North Carolina State University '85
Playing career
1981–1984 NC State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989 FIU (asst.)
1990–1996 NC State (asst.)
1997–2007 South Carolina (asst.)
2008–2016 Liberty
Head coaching record
Overall 297–178–1
Tournaments NCAA DI: 2–4
Big South: 20–13
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Big South, North Division: 2014
Big South Tournament: 2013
Awards
Big South Coach of the Year: 2014

Jim Toman (born November 28, 1961) is an American college baseball coach who was the head coach of Liberty from the 2008 season until 2016. Under Toman, Liberty has qualified for two NCAA Tournaments.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Toman, a 1985 graduate of NC State, played baseball for the Wolfpack from 1981–1984. He served as a team captain in 1983 and 1984 and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 1984 ACC Tournament.[1] His teammates included Doug Davis, Dan Plesac, Doug Strange, and Tracy Woodson. When Woodson became the head coach at Richmond ahead of the 2014 season, the two coached against each other.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant positions[edit]

After graduating, Toman worked as a high school coach for several years before starting his college coaching career in 1989 with a one-year stint at FIU. He then returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant to Ray Tanner at NC State; he held the position from 1990–1996. When Tanner left for South Carolina for the 1997 season, Toman went with him and worked as an assistant for the Gamecocks from 1997–2007.[1]

Liberty[edit]

Toman left South Carolina to become the head coach at Liberty for the 2008 season. At his introductory press conference, Toman said, "I am very honored and excited to accept the head coaching position at Liberty University. My wife and family are also very excited to join the Liberty family and work in a Christian environment. I have enjoyed my 11 years at the University of South Carolina and take away many fond memories. I appreciate the opportunity Ray Tanner gave me to be a member of his staff. I am ready to get started on putting a quality staff together and continuing to move the program forward, having success both in conference and nationally."[3]

From 2008–2014, Toman's first seven seasons, Liberty won at least 30 games each year and at least 40 games three times. After losing in the Big South championship game in 2008, 2010, and 2012, the Flames reached their first NCAA Tournament under Toman in 2013. In the Big South Tournament, which Liberty hosted at the newly built Liberty Baseball Stadium, the Flames went 4–0 to win the championship; in the championship game, Liberty defeated top-seeded Campbell, 2–1, after an Ashton Perritt RBI single broke a 1–1 tie in the top of the ninth. At the Columbia Regional, the Flames went 2–2, beating second-seeded Clemson twice and losing to host South Carolina twice.[4][5][6][7][8]

In 2014, Liberty qualified for the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid. The Flames won the Big South's North Division and swept the conference's major awards, with Toman winning Coach of the Year. At the Charlottesville Regional, the team went 0–2, losing games to Arkansas and Bucknell.[9][10][11]

In 2011, Liberty set a Big South record with seven draftees. In 2012, the Flames had two players drafted in the top ten rounds.[6][12]

On June 24th, 2016 Toman resigned from Liberty as their baseball coach.

Head coaching record[edit]

Below is a table of Toman's yearly records as a collegiate head baseball coach.[4][13][14][15]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Liberty (Big South Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Liberty 35–26–1 14–7 t-2nd Big South Tournament
2009 Liberty 33–21 17–9 3rd Big South Tournament
2010 Liberty 43–18 19–8 2nd Big South Tournament
2011 Liberty 35–24 18–9 2nd Big South Tournament
2012 Liberty 41–19 14–10 3rd Big South Tournament
2013 Liberty 36–29 13–11 4th (North) NCAA Regional
2014 Liberty 41–18 23–3 1st (North) NCAA Regional
2015 Liberty 33–23 16–8 t-3rd Big South Tournament
2016 Liberty 31-28 12-12 6th Big South Tournament
Liberty: 328–206–1 146–77
Total: 328–206–1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Lang, Chris. "Flames Survive Slugfest with Richmond". NewsAdvance.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "USC Assistant Named Liberty Head Baseball Coach". GoUpstate.com. June 24, 2007. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "2014 Liberty Flames Baseball Record Book" (PDF). Liberty.edu. Liberty Athletic Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sorenson, Eric (April 17, 2010). "Liberty's About Face". CollegeBaseballToday.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Ryan, Sean (February 2, 2014). "Uncommon Success in the Commonwealth of Virginia". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Kendall (December 16, 2012). "Rising Head Coaches Make Moves". PerfectGame.org. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Slater, Darryl (May 31, 2013). "After Liberty Gets Historic Win Over Clemson, Jim Toman Spews Gold About Expectations and His Mohawk". Post & Courier. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Big South Announces 2014 Baseball Annual Award Winners". BigSouthSports.com. May 18, 2014. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Lang, Chris (June 2, 2014). "Liberty Baseball Plagued by Mechanism of Big South". NewsAdvance.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lang, Chris (May 31, 2014). "Bucknell Eliminates Liberty from NCAA Baseball Regional". Roanoke.com. The Daily Progress. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks Who Came from "Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "2013 Big South Baseball Record Book". Big South Conference. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2013 Big South Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2014 Big South Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.