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Liberty's Toman Named One of College Baseball's Rising Head Coaches
For the second consecutive year, Liberty head baseball coach Jim Toman has been cited by Kendall Rogers of PerfectGameUSA.com, as one of the 10 head coaches on the rise in college baseball. Heading into his seventh year at Liberty, Toman also was mentioned on Rogers' list in 2012.
This past season, Toman led the Flames, 36-29, to their first Big South title since 2000 and reached the title game of the Columbia Regional against South Carolina. During the regional, the Flames defeated Clemson twice to advance to a title contest for the first in program history
Toman is joined for the second straight year by David Pierce of Sam Houston State, Matt Kingston of Illinois State and Andrew Checketts of UC Santa Barbara on the listing. Darin Henderson of Saint Louis, Craig Gibson of Mercer, Greg Goff of fellow Big South member Campbell, Steve Owens of Bryant, Mark Calvi of South Alabama and Allen Gum of Central Arkansas received the citation for the first time.
With a 223-137-1 mark, a .619 winning percentage, Toman has led the Flames to the best Division I record of any head coach during his first six years at Liberty. The Flames have posted two of the program's three 40-win seasons under Toman and won 35 or more games in five of his six years at the helm of the program.
In 2010, Liberty won a school-record 43 games under the Toman, posting a 43-19 record and also won over 40 games in 2012 with a 41-19 mark.
With four players chosen in June's Major League Draft, the Flames' head coach has seen 20 players under his guidance selected by major league teams since 2008, his first year at Liberty. The Flames had seven players taken during the 2011 Major League Draft. The number was the most players chosen in a single draft in the 39-year history of the program. In addition, it also tied the 2007 and 2010 Coastal Carolina teams for the Big South Conference record.