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The Writers' Take on Toman

June 26, 2007
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New Liberty head baseball coach Jim Toman has been a frequent column topic since taking the job Sunday afternoon.

New Liberty head baseball coach Jim Toman has been a frequent column topic since taking the job Sunday afternoon.

Since Liberty's Sunday afternoon hiring of former South Carolina associate head coach Jim Toman as its sixth head baseball coach, writers from various print and Internet news sources have been active in analyzing the move. A summary of three such articles follows.

"Toman answers the question: Why Liberty?" – by Doug Jolley of GamecockAnthem.com

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Quotable:
"Liberty has hired one of the great men in all of college baseball. He is a fantastic coach and a great recruiter." – South Carolina head baseball coach Ray Tanner

"Everything set perfectly for me. It couldn't be any better of a situation for me." – Liberty head baseball coach Jim Toman

"Departure of Toman a big loss" – by Ron Morris of The State (Columbia, S.C. newspaper)

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Quotable:
"Recruiting was his passion. That was his job, but it was his passion. He knew players, and he was a great evaluator as well." – Tanner

"I'm losing more than a coach. This is family moving away. This is family leaving. Coaches and employees come and go. This is a little deeper. This is the little brother I never had." – Tanner

"Liberty inks Toman as new baseball coach" – by Chris Lang of the Lynchburg News & Advance

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Quotable:
"You've got to outwork people. You've got to get to a lot of games and offer an awful lot of kids. If you want to sign 10 or 12 guys, you've got to offer about 50. I think the big key in recruiting is the work ethic, just getting out and getting after it … I promise you that Liberty baseball will be out there, hopefully as early as the next couple of days, if I can get a staff together." – Toman

"He's a baseball guy. He eats, drinks and sleeps baseball. He has a great rapport with the players. He's just a baseball guy through and through." – Liberty Director of Athletics Jeff Barber