Head Baseball Coach Ted Tom returns for his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. In four seasons as the Bears skipper, Tom has compiled a record of 107-114 with a conference record of 60-50 winning the 100thgame of his career versus Campbellsville on Sunday, April 18, 2011. In addition to his duties as Head Baseball Coach, Ted 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.
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 2ndplace 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 1stTeam All-MSC as he led the conference in almost every offensive category including homeruns and RBI's. He was also named to the NAIA All-American 1stTeam becoming the first player in school history to not only make 1stTeam but also become a two-time All-American. Four players, including Butler, earned MSC All-Conference honors. Junior Cody Morrison earned 1stTeam All-MSC while juniors Danny Gesick and Kendal Coleman made Honorable Mention. Josue Ahorrio, Aaron Suydam, AJ Gomez, and Jordan Stum each earned MSC Scholar Athlete awards.
The 2010 season marked the Bears final season in the American Mideast Conference and what a finale it became. 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 becoming two of only 12 other Bears to earn All-American Honors. Ten of Coach Tom's players earned AMC All-Conference selections. Gesick, Butler, senior first baseman Brian Ramey, sophomore right hand pitcher Austin Dunfee, sophomore infielder Adam Wamsley each earned 1stTeam All-AMC. Junior right hand pitcher Andrew Carter and sophomore third baseman Nick Ball earned 2ndTeam Honors while sophomore outfielder Quentin Everman, junior designated hitter Ricky Masson, and sophomore infielder Jordan Maier each earned Honorable Mention awards. Wamsley was the AMC Gold Glove winner at shortstop. Ramey also became a two-time recipient of the NAIA Scholar Athlete award for his work in the classroom.
In 2009, he led the Baseball Bears to a 25-30 record and for the first time since 2003, a winning record (18-16) in the American Mideast Conference. Four of his players earned All-AMC honors and two more earned NAIA Scholar Athlete Awards including: senior outfielder Drew Howard (1stTeam), senior third basemen Logan Crabtree (2ndTeam), sophomore pitcher Andrew Carter (2ndTeam), junior first basemen Brian Ramey (2ndTeam and NAIA Scholar Athlete) and junior catcher Mike Roelker (NAIA Scholar Athlete).
In Tom's first season, the Bears finished 16-29 with a 10-16 conference mark. Three of his players earned All-AMC honors including: Jon Venters (2ndTeam), Drew Howard (HM), and Zac Alexander (HM). Jeremy Blackston earned the honor of NAIA Scholar Athlete as well. Jon Venters has gone 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, FL where he also was a head coach in Florida Collegiate Instructional League.
Ted spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at Indiana University. While there, his responsibilities included outfield play, coaching first base, and assisting with the hitters while also working on Sembower Field. During this time, he earned his master's degree in athletic administration.
During his career as a coach, Coach Tom has had the opportunity to work with 22 players who have gone on to play professional baseball including a second, fifth, sixth, and eighth round draft picks in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Tom is no stranger to Shawnee State Bears baseball. He graduated from Shawnee State with a degree in Sport Management with minors in business and sport coaching in 2004 and having been a red-shirt member of the 2000 team that finished 5thin the NAIA World Series. As a player, 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.
Ted is married to the former Lisa Dingus of South Webster, Ohio. The couple resides in Portsmouth with their son Henry (October 2010).
|RS||Jordan Maier||SR||IF||R/R||Heath, OH||Marietta College|
|RS||Camden Sauls||JR||OF||R/R||Tipp City, OH||Tippecanoe HS|
|2||Adam Wamsley||JR||RHP/IF||R/R||Wheelersburg, OH||Wheelersburg HS|
|3||Quentin Everman||SR||OF||L/R||Galloway, OH||University of Rio Grande|
|4||Ryan Hackworth||FR||LHP||L/L||Pedro, OH||Rock Hill HS|
|6||Tom Ludwig||FR||1B||L/R||Dublin, OH||Dublin Coffman HS|
|7||Xander Uxley||FR||IF/RHP||L/R||Pickerington, OH||OU Lancaster|
|8||Cody Spires||FR||RHP/IF||R/R||Lancaster, OH||Bloom Carroll HS|
|9||Cody Morrison||SR||OF/RHP||R/R||Spring, TX||Texas A&M|
|10||Ryan Houser||FR||IF/OF||L/L||Milford, OH||Milford HS|
|16||Alex Taku||SR||LHP||L/L||Santa Cruz, CA||Lee University|
|17||Carter Bledsoe||SR||RHP||R/R||Tulsa, OK||Northeast Missouri CC|
|18||Austin Dunfee||SR||RHP||R/R||Pomeroy, OH||Meigs HS|
|20||Tyler Weisel||JR||C/IF||L/R||Louisville,OH||Canton Central Catholic HS|
|21||AJ Gomez||SR||1B||R/R||Spring, TX||Texas State University|
|22||Danny Gesick||SR||OF||L/R||Pickerington, OH||Notre Dame College|
|24||Ryan Burnett||SR||OF||R/R||Bellevue, WA||Bellevue CC|
|25||Matt Jones||FR||RHP/IF||L/R||Greenup, KY||Greenup County HS|
|28||Doug Burchfield||FR||RHP||R/R||Troy, OH||Troy HS|
|30||Brandon Boyd||FR||RHP||R/R||Flatwoods, KY||Russell HS|
|32||Aaron Suydam||JR||IF||R/R||Painesville, OH||Muscatine CC|
|34||Brad Cornwell||FR||C||S/R||Catlettsburg, KY||Boyd County HS|
|37||Justin Vaughn||FR||RHP||R/R||Paris, KY||Bourbon County HS|
|39||Colin Keim||JR||UT/RHP||R/R||Clinton, OH||Manchester HS|
|41||Jordan Williams||JR||RHP||R/R||Uniontown, OH||Green HS|