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Liberty Baseball Assistant Tomlin Takes Position With Nationals
"I'm very happy for Randy. I know that getting back into professional baseball is something he has wanted to do," stated Royer. "This is a great opportunity for him and I wish him all the best as he begins this new phase of his coaching career."
Tomlin, a former major league and Liberty pitcher, will become the pitching coach of the Potomac Nationals, the Carolina League Single A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, based in Woodbridge, Va. He joins the staff of Potomac manager Randy Knorr. In 2006, the Nationals finished third in the Carolina League's Northern Division with a 31-39 record.
"Liberty is my home. I accepted the Lord as my Savior here," stated Tomlin. "I have become a better man, a better husband, a better father and a better coach in tenure here at Liberty. My experience can never be duplicated. It is the home away from home for my wife Janet and our children. We have all grown a great deal by being here.
"I will greatly miss the baseball program and the ministry I have had with all the players. They have meant a great deal to my family and me. Liberty will always have my prayers and support. I look forward to joining the Nationals and helping their organization win a championship."
After a nine-year career in professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Tomlin spent the past nine years as pitching coach at his alma mater. Last season, he aided in guiding Liberty to a school record 39 Division I wins. In 2005, his pitching staff posted the second lowest ERA since the Flames moved to the Division I level in 1984. Liberty also captured two Big South titles and two NCAA tournament berths during his tenure in 1988 and 2000. In his nine seasons, 10 members of his staffs were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
A native of Madison Heights, Va., Tomlin was a three-year starter at Liberty from 1986-89. He currently ranks second on the all-time Liberty complete games list and fifth on its strikeout list. The left-hander graduated from Liberty with a degree in sport management.