Head Baseball Coach Ted Tom enters his seventh season at the helm of his alma mater in 2014. In his first six seasons as the Bears' skipper, Tom has compiled a record of 170-167 with a conference record of 80-75. His 100th career victory came against Campbellsville on Sunday, April 18, 2011. In addition to his duties as Head Baseball Coach, he added the title of Assistant Athletic Director in charge of Academics and Compliance in the fall of 2009 and teaches in the Sport Studies department. Under his guidance, the Bears have played for the conference championship in three of the last four seasons, capturing a pair of championships during that time.
In 2013, the Bears compiled a 29-28 record advancing to the Mid-South Conference Tournament for the third consecutive year. Two players earned All-MSC honors while four more were named to the Academic All-Conference Team. Aaron Suydam was also named the MSC Champions of Character recipient for baseball. This was the second time in three seasons an SSU player captured that honor in the first three seasons in the conference (Cory Pallutch, 2011).
Playing in just their second year as a member of the Mid-South Conference during the 2012 season, Tom guided the team to a fifth-place finish during the regular season. At the Mid-South Championship Tournament, Tom had his players playing their best baseball of the season as they advanced all the way to the championship game. The Bears had four players honored on the All-MSC squad.
In 2011, the Bears entered the Mid-South Conference and ended their first season in the new conference with a bang. After finishing the regular season as the second-place team in the Eastern Division, the Bears went undefeated in the conference tournament to advance to the NAIA Opening Round. This marked the Bears return to the National Tournament for the first time in 11 years. The 2011 season was highlighted by the play of senior catcher Phillip Butler. Butler earned MSC Player of the Year honors while also earning first-team All-MSC honors as he led the conference in almost every offensive category including home runs and RBI. He was also named a first-team NAIA All-American and became the first player in school history to not only make first-team but also become a two-time All-American. In total, four players earned All-MSC honors.
During the 2010 season, Shawnee State's final year as a member of the American Mideast Conference, the Bears became the first team in school history to win the regular season championship which allowed them to host the conference tournament in the friendly confines of Branch Rickey Park. Coach Tom earned AMC Coach of the Year honors for his team's performance. For only the second time in school history, the AMC Conference Player of the Year Award went to an SSU Bear. Sophomore outfielder Danny Gesick earned Player of the Year Honors as he led the conference in homeruns and runs batted in. Gesick and junior catcher Phillip Butler each earned Honorable Mention All-American honors. Ten of Tom's players earned AMC All-Conference selections.
In 2009, he led the Bears to their first winning record in conference (18-16 AMC) since the 2003 season. Shawnee State finished that season with a 25-30 record overall. Four players earned All-AMC honors and two more earned NAIA Scholar Athlete Awards. In Tom's first season, the Bears finished 16-29 with a 10-16 conference mark. In his inaugural season, three of his players earned All-AMC honors. Included in that group was Jon Venters. Venters then went on to sign a professional contract to play in the Can Am Independent League marking Coach Tom's first Bear professional player.
Prior to Shawnee State, Tom spent 2007 as the outfield instructor at the IMG Baseball Academies in Bradenton, Fla. where he also was a head coach in the Florida Collegiate Instructional League.
Tom also has coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level as he served as volunteer assistant coach for Indiana University for both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. While there, his responsibilities included outfield play, coaching first base, and assisting with the hitters while also working on Sembower Field. While at Indiana, he earned his Master's Degree in Athletic Administration.
In total, Coach Tom has had the opportunity to work with 22 players who have gone on to play professional baseball including second, fifth, sixth, and eighth round draft picks in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
An alumnus of Shawnee State '04, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management with minors in Business and Sport Coaching. As a player, he was a redshirt member of the 2000 team that finished fifth in the NAIA World Series. Tom earned All-AMC honors as well as the Joe Smith Memorial Award which is given to the outstanding senior student that best exemplifies the attitude and sportsmanship of Smith. In the summer of 2003, he played for the Clarinda A's in the MINK Collegiate Wood Bat Summer League.
Coach Tom also has extensive experience in summer baseball. In 2008, he was the mentor of the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the Great Lakes League. During 2006, he was the head coach of the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League. He was the head coach of the Miami Valley Express U-17 team during 2002 that went to the CABA World Series.
Tom, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, is married to the former Lisa Dingus of South Webster, Ohio. The couple resides in Portsmouth with their son Henry and daughter Adaline Lee.
|RS||Joe Loyd*||FR||RHP||R/R||5-9||155||Bidwell, Ohio||River Valley HS|
|1||Devon Palmer||FR||C||R/R||5-10||168||Thornville, Ohio||Fairfield Union|
|2||Brady Hightchew||SO||UTL||L/R||5-11||195||Newport, Ky.||Newport Central Catholic HS|
|3||Todd Queener||SR||OF||L/L||5-11||175||Mentor, Ohio||Lakeland CC|
|4||Dustin Bickmeyer||SR||C||R/R||6-1||175||O'Fallon, Mo.||Jefferson Davis CC|
|5||Mitchell Lendenski||SO||OF||L/R||5-9||175||Loveland, Ohio||Loveland HS|
|6||Wes Dixon||FR||RHP||R/R||6-3||201||Little Hocking, Ohio||Federal Hocking HS|
|7||Zak Esposito||SR||RHP||R/R||6-1||190||Sandusky, Ohio||Owens CC|
|8||Steve Davis||SR||IF||R/R||5-9||169||Steubenville, Ohio||Coastal Carolina|
|9||Daniel Katayama||SR||3B||R/R||5-9||225||Sao Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil||Lane CC|
|10||Mason Wisner||JR||IF/RHP||R/R||6-4||222||Bay Village, Ohio||Lakeland CC|
|12||Alex Shears||FR||OF||R/R||6-0||186||Lucasville, Ohio||Ohio Dominican|
|13||Brady Page||JR||IF||R/R||5-8||142||Las Vegas, Nev.||Olympic Col.|
|15||Jake Cain||SO||IF/RHP||R/R||6-0||218||Cold Spring, Ky.||Northern Kentucky|
|16||Cody Strayer||SO||RHP||R/R||6-1||180||Worthington, Ohio||Worthington Kilbourne HS|
|17||Nolan Potter||JR||RHP||R/R||6-0||196||Kalamazoo, Mich.||Kalamazoo CC|
|18||Nolan West||SO||RHP||L/R||6-2||185||Olivehurst, Calif.||Wheatland HS|
|19||Brandon Blackwelder||JR||C/OF||R/R||6-2||197||Cantonment, Fla.||Jefferson Davis CC|
|20||Blake Maines||FR||IF/RHP||L/R||5-11||187||Burlington, Ky.||Conner HS|
|21||Bryan Sharkey||SR||LHP||L/L||6-1||180||Bedford, Ohio||Lakeland CC|
|22||Ryan Queener||SR||OF||R/R||5-11||175||Mentor, Ohio||Lakeland CC|
|24||Brandon Bonar||SO||RHP||R/R||5-7||140||Chillicothe, Ohio||Chillicothe HS|
|25||Nate Beasley||FR||RHP||R/R||6-0||191||Waverly, Ohio||Minford HS|
|27||Dalton Tinsley||JR||OF||L/R||6-1||191||Kokomo, Ind.||Glen Oaks CC|
|28||Taylor Smith||SO||RHP||R/R||6-7||215||Crestview Hills, Ky.||Beachwood HS|
|32||Tyler Arthur||FR||RHP||R/R||5-9||169||Morehead, Ky.||Rowan County HS|
|34||Derek Moore||FR||RHP||L/R||6-2||242||Wheelersburg, Ohio||Wheelersburg HS|
|37||Ryan Valentine||JR||RHP||R/R||6-0||180||Springboro, Ohio||Milligan College|
|41||Andrew Vanthournout||FR||IF||L/R||5-11||164||Bowling Green, Ky.||South Warren HS|
|43||Tyler Kilpatrick||SR||1B||R/R||6-4||233||Coshocton, Ohio||Muskingum Univ.|