PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Baseball) – Head Shawnee State baseball coach Ted Tom has resigned after seven years at the helm of the SSU program. Long-time assistant Chris Moore will now take the reins of the program, as athletic director Jeff Hamilton named him the interim head coach, effective immediately.
"We are extremely excited to announce Chris Moore as the interim head coach of the Shawnee State baseball program," Hamilton said. "Coach Tom provided us with seven great years as the leader of the program and we wish him nothing but the best in the future. He has been an integral part in not only to baseball, but providing great leadership for the entire athletic department. Coach Moore provides continuity to our program that we believe will continue to build upon the success they have created."
Tom leaves the program as the all-time wins leader in Shawnee State history. The 2004 SSU alum now moves on to the University of Cincinnati, where he will serve as the Director of Baseball Operations.
"I want to think our administration for having the trust in me to lead our baseball program for the last seven years," Tom said. "It was an honor and a great experience leading my alma mater. I also want to thank Chris Moore and our other assistant coaches throughout the years for their hard work and diligence in making sure Shawnee State baseball was being represented in a professional manner.
"I believe the student-athletes are the reasons we were able to have such success over the years. We have great kids and I wish them all nothing but the best."
Moore enters as head coach no stranger to the Shawnee State program, having been with Tom since his first season in 2008.
"I'm humbled and honored to be in the position to lead the baseball program here at Shawnee State University," Moore said. "Coach Tom and I came to Portsmouth together seven years ago with specific goals in mind and I am proud to say that I was a small part of helping him leave this program in better shape than when he arrived."
During his tenure, Tom led the program to 203 victories including four 30-plus win seasons, an AMC Regular Season Championship, a Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship and an appearance in the 2011 NAIA Regional Tournament.
"I see myself tasked with the opportunity to continue that trend and finish the job we envisioned," Moore said. "I could not possibly be blessed with a better group of young men and a dedicated coaching staff full of Shawnee State University baseball alumni, all of which share my passion for this community, university and baseball program.
Moore came to Shawnee State from the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he served two seasons as head coach, leading the team to a 38-15 overall record. During his time at IMG, he sent 19 players to college baseball programs around the country and coached three top 10 round picks; Paolo Espino (10th round, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Pastornicky (fifth round, Toronto Blue Jays), and John Ryan Murphy (second round, New York Yankees).
"Coach Moore's has shown the ability to bring in not only talented players, but individuals with strong character," Hamilton said. "His commitment to recruiting strong student-athletes will be the foundation for his program."
A successful summer ball coach throughout his career, he led the Southern Ohio Copperheads to a Great Lakes League Southern Division title in 2011, tying the best finish in organization history. The Copperheads recorded 31 wins that summer, shattering the record for wins in a season by eight.
"To have Shawnee State be my first head coaching position at the collegiate level is a dream come true that I plan on taking advantage of by providing my guys the best possible college baseball experience, on and off the field," Moore said.