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Game of the Week 11.19.18 - WBB vs. Villanova (TOP)
Baseball Coaching Staff
Ted Tom
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: 5265
Email: ttom@athletics.ucf.edu
Ted Tom was named an assistant coach for UCF in July of 2017. His duties include working with the outfielders and running Greg Lovelady Camps.

In his first campaign with UCF, Tom had to work with a brand new outfield. Regulars Tyler Osik and Ray Alejo flourished during their first year under Tom. Senior Max Wood stepped up over the final 19 games of the year, including a walk-off winner in the regular-season finale against Tulane.

Tom oversaw a pair of All-Conference selections. Alejo finished the year ranked fifth in the nation with 34 stolen bases. Osik led the team with 56 RBI, good for third in The American. Both players were tabbed to the conference's second team.

Prior to arriving in Orlando, Tom spent three seasons at fellow American Athletic Conference member Cincinnati. He joined the Bearcats as the director of baseball operations in 2015, covering the day to day operations, video and scouting for one season.

In 2016, Tom was promoted to assistant coach and remained in that role for his final two years at Cincinnati. He played an integral part in raising the UC team batting average by 16 points and taking the team scoring average up to five runs per game.

Tom joined UC after seven seasons as the head coach at his alma mater Shawnee State University, where he compiled a record of 203-193.

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. 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 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 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.

Tom 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.

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 have two children, Henry and Adaline Lee.
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