Coaching Staff

 

JIM TOMAN

HEAD COACH

Middle Tennessee (2018-Present)
Jim Toman was announced as the new head coach of the Blue Raiders on June 20, 2018. Toman became the 22nd head coach since the program began in 1913 and is just the fourth coach since 1974. Toman has 28 years of coaching experience in Division I baseball. In those 28 seasons, Toman has never had a losing season, including nine seasons as a head coach at Liberty.

Assistant Head Coach at College of Charleston (2018)
Jim Toman spent one season as the assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator with the College of Charleston baseball program. In his one season as the assistant coach, the Cougars picked up eight more victories than the previous year. Under Toman’s tutelage, the 2018 Cougars improved statistically in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, stolen bases, fielding percentage, ERA, K/9, and BB/9 from the 2017 season.

Head Coach at Liberty (2008-2016)
In his nine season as the head coach at Liberty, Toman led the Flames baseball program to national prominence.

Toman was named the sixth head coach in the history of the Liberty Baseball program in June of 2007. He holds the highest Division I winning percentage in Flames history, posting an impressive record of 329-205-1 (.616).

Toman led the Flames to a winning record in all nine of his seasons, averaging 37 wins per season. He led the Flames to five tournament championship appearances, winning the 2013 Big South tournament after going undefeated in the tournament. In 2013, Toman guided Liberty to their first NCAA Regional final appearance after defeating Clemson twice to reach the final.

In 2014, Toman was named the Big South Coach of the year after he led his team to a 41-18 record and securing the school’s first at large bid to an NCAA Regional. That same year, the Flames were ranked as high as #21 in the Baseball America weekly poll. Toman recorded his 300th career victory on February 26, 2016 against Marshall.

Associate Head Coach at South Carolina (1996-2007)
Toman joined the Gamecock staff after Ray Tanner became the head coach in June of 1996. Toman served as the recruiting coordinator and worked with the catchers. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach and in his 11 seasons at South Carolina, five catchers signed professionally, including Landon Powell (1st round) who was also a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award (top collegiate catcher).

In 2002, Toman was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America. As the recruiting coordinator, Toman recruited a top 25 class in all 11 seasons at South Carolina, with his 2003, 2005, and 2006 Gamecock recruiting classes ranked first in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. During his time in Columbia, the Gamecocks made nine NCAA regional appearances, including eight straight appearances from 2000 to 2007, and three consecutive visits to the College World Series from 2000 to 2004. In his 11 seasons, South Carolina posted 500-220 record (.694).

Before his 11 seasons at South Carolina, Toman was an Assistant at N.C. State for Ray Tanner for seven seasons.
In 1989, Toman spent one season as an assistant coach at Florida International.

Before Collegiate Coaching
Toman entered the coaching profession as an assistant at Richmond County High School in Rockingham, N.C. While working with one of the top high school baseball programs in North Carolina for two years, he also served as head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach.

In 1990, Toman spent a season as an assistant at Florida International for one year where he was responsible for the weight program, coaching catchers, and coaching first base.

Toman also spent three summers as an assistant coach with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League.

As a Player (1981-1984)
As a catcher, Toman was a four-year letter winner at N.C. State and served as a team captain of the Wolfpack during his junior and senior season. The Wolfpack had winning seasons in all four years that Toman played.

Education
Toman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from N.C. State in Vocational Industrial Education Curriculum. He received a master of Science degree in Sport Management from N.C. State in 1995 with a 4.0 GPA.

Personal
Born James Michael Andrew Toman, Nov. 28, 1961 in Monroeville, Pa., he attended Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville where he played both football and baseball. Toman has a daughter, Caroline Frances, and two sons, Charles McLaughlin (Charlie Mac), and Kendall Tucker (Tucker).

KYLE BUNN

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH / PITCHING COACH

Middle Tennessee (2018-Present)
Kyle Bunn was announced as the new pitching coach for Middle Tennessee on July 19, 2018. Bunn brings with him 16 years of college baseball coaching experience. In those 16 years, Bunn has coached 54 players selected in the MLB Draft (15 of those in the first 5 rounds). He has appeared in 10 NCAA Regionals, and five NCAA Super Regionals.

Indiana (2015-2018)
Bunn spent four seasons as the pitching coach for the Hoosiers. In those four seasons, Bunn and the Hoosiers made three trips to an NCAA Regional (2015, 2017, 2018). In his last two seasons at Indiana, Bunn also served as the Associate Head Coach.

In 2018, Indiana’s pitching staff posted an impressive 3.08 ERA under Bunn’s tutelage, which ranked seventh nationally, and first in the Big 10 Conference. Two Hoosier pitchers were also selected for All-Conference teams.

In 2017, with a young pitching staff, Bunn helped the Hoosiers earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Two starting pitchers were selected to All-Conference teams. As a team, the Hoosiers posted a 1.39 WHIP.

The pitching staff as a whole in 2016 ranked second in the country in walks allowed per nine innings (2.31), fifth in WHIP (1.15) and 11th in team ERA (3.09).

East Tennessee St. (2012-2014)
Bunn made an immediate impact at East Tennessee State, where he spent three season with the Buccaneers.

In 2014, Bunn led the ETSU pitching staff to a 1.52 WHIP and a 5.17 ERA.

In 2013, the Buccaneer’s won the Atlantic Sun Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1981. Bunn’s staff was led by First Team Louisville Slugger All-American and Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year, Kerry Doane. The team’s 4.13 ERA marked the third-lowest in school history.

In 2012, the Buccaneer staff set school marks in fewest walks allowed (149), while the .278 opponents’ batting average was 20 points lower than any other in school history. ETSU pitchers struck out 356 batters, marking the second highest in the program, which was also the most since 2001. The team 4.42 ERA was the lowest since 1991 and currently ranks fifth in the Buccaneer record books.

Alabama (2010)
While in Tuscaloosa, Alabama won the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional and was the runner-up in the SEC Tournament. Bunn coached Nathan Kilcrease, who was the MVP of the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Kilcrease was later drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2011 MLB Draft after etching his named into the Alabama record books in several categories. In addition, current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson finished second in the SEC in strikeouts, while also being named SEC Pitcher of the Week five times.

Clemson (2008-09)
Prior to arriving at Alabama, Bunn spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Clemson. In 2009, Bunn helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Super Regionals, as the pitching staff ranked fifth nationally with an earned-run average of 3.68. The ERA was more than a run less per game (4.74) than Clemson's 2008 mark.

The Tigers also ranked 11th nationally in fewest hits (8.62) allowed per nine innings, 25th in strikeouts (8.3) per nine innings and 26th in walks (3.07) per nine innings in 2009. In addition, the Tigers had five pitchers selected in the 2009 MLB Draft, which were the most in the ACC.

Ole Miss (2002-2007)
Bunn spent six years at Ole Miss under head coach Mike Bianco. During his tenure in Oxford, Bunn saw 16 of his pitchers taken in the MLB Draft, eight of which had not been drafted previously. He tutored some of the finest pitching talent in the nation as the Rebels posted three top-20 finishes and five top-30 finishes among the national ERA leaders.

In 2007, Ole Miss reached the Tempe Super Regional, while Bunn’s pitching staff led the SEC with a team ERA of 3.37 – putting the Rebels 10th overall in the country. Nathan Baker, a left-hander, was named a Freshman All-American, whereas, Cody Satterwhite and Lance Lynn were both named All-SEC pitchers and selected to the USA Baseball National Team.

During the 2006 season, Ole Miss won the 2006 SEC Tournament and advanced to another Super Regional.

Bunn’s pitching staff helped set a record for wins at Ole Miss in 2005 as the Rebels won 48 games, while four players were drafted in the top 100 and six in the first seven rounds – all of whom pitched – marking the most by any Division I program. The staff set a school record with 562 strikeouts in 2005, while all three weekend starters had over 100 K’s.

The 2004 Ole Miss team made history by hosting the NCAA Regional for the first time, while Bunn’s staff set a school mark with 39.2 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Bunn coached Mark Holliman to All-SEC honors.

In 2003, Bunn directed a young staff to the lowest ERA (3.45) in the SEC. Following the 2003 campaign, former Major League pitcher T.J. Beam, was selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft.

Jefferson Davis CC (2001)
Bunn spent the 2001 season as an assistant coach at Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Ala., where he worked as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator under then head Coach Keith Griffen. Bunn also helped coach Jefferson Davis Community College to the NJCAA Division II Region 22 Southern Division Championship.

As a Player
Bunn was a three-year letter winner for the The Citadel, earning the team's Ace Pitching Award in 1999. He helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament titles in both 1998 and 1999, and a regular season championship in 2000.

Education
Bunn is a 1999 graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and minor in Law & Legal Processes.

BLAKE HUNT

ASSISTANT COACH / HITTING COACH

Middle Tennessee (2018-Present)
Blake Hunt was announced as the new hitting coach for Middle Tennessee on July 19, 2018. 

Liberty (2015-2018)
Hunt served as an assistant coach at Liberty where he worked with catchers, hitters, and was responsible for field maintenance. During games, Hunt was the team’s first base coach.

Spalding (2014)
Hunt was a volunteer assistant for one season at Spalding University. He was the Golden Eagle’s hitting coach and worked with the team’s catchers. He also served as the third base coach.

Charleston Southern (2013)
Hunt began his coaching career at his alma mater Charleston Southern as a student assistant in 2013. He helped coach the infielders and hitters.

As a Player (2008-2012)
Hunt played four seasons for Charleston Southern. In his career, Hunt played in 107 games. As a senior in 2012, Hunt finished the season hitting .289 and .327 in Big South Conference Play.

Education
Hunt graduated from Charleston Southern with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.

JOHN PANCHELLA

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

Middle Tennessee (2018-Present)
Head Coach Jim Toman announced the hiring of Volunteer Assistant John Panchella on August 14, 2018. Panchella will work with the catchers and outfielders, coach first base, and assist with coaching the pitchers. Panchella will also be the team’s camp director and oversee the stadium and managers.

As a Player (2014-2018)
Panchella was a part of four successful teams at the University of South Carolina from 2015-2018. In the spring of 2018, Panchella earned a degree in Finance at South Carolina.