2007-2008 Archives

Two More Falcons Commit

Two more Falcons have committed to play at Division I Universities  next season, bringing this year’s total to 11.

Jeff Stanley-University of Southern Mississippi
Jeff Stanley became the second Falcon pitcher to sign with the University of Southern Mississippi, joining Cody Schlagel as the left-handed duo heads to Hattiesburg, MS. Head Coach Tim says, "Jeff was a warrior on the mound and will be hard to replace. Southern Miss got a great one!”

In 2007, the lefthander was tied for the team lead in wins with 4 and was the Falcon leader with a 2.39 ERA.  He was a key member on the Mid-Florida Conference Co-Championship team and the NJCAA Academic Team-of–the-Year.

In 2008, Stanley continued his key role for the falcons leading the team with 5 wins and was a participant in the Florida Junior College All-Star Game.  Jeff was also a two-time Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete.

Beach Brooks-University of Cincinnati
In 2007, Brooks began the year as the Falcons starting shortstop, but his season was cut short by a nagging hamstring injury.  Beach finished the year batting .253 with five doubles.  Along with Stanley, Brooks was a member of the Mid-Florida Conference Co-Championship team and the NJCAA Academic Team-of–the-Year.

In 2008, Beach was a top offensive performer for the Falcons, batting .326 with 2 homeruns and 28 RBI’s.  Beach was a two-time Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete.

Brooks, the starting shortstop for the Falcons for the last two years, follows the footsteps of the former Falcon catcher Ryan Baker to the Bearcats. Head Coach Tim Touma says, “Beach was an above average hitter as a SS and a great leader anchoring the middle infield.”

8 Falcons Named Academic All-American

Daytona Beach-Head Coach Tim Touma has announced that eight members of the Daytona State College baseball program have been named to the NJCAA Academic All-American team. Six of those eight are considered Distinguished All-Americans, which are athletes with an overall GPA of 3.8 or better.

NJCAA Distinguished All-Americans:

  • Jeff Stanley, LHP, Lake Worth, FL
  • Cody Schlagel, LHP, Denver, CO
  • Bobby Raugh, OF, Orlando, FL
  • Kyle Dahl, C, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Justin Dahl, INF, West Palm Beach, FL

NJCAA All-Americans:

  • Alex “Beach” Brooks, INF, Winter Haven, FL
  • Ryan Durrence, INF, Jacksonville, FL
  • Ryan Puskar, OF, Winter Haven, FL

Falcon Baseball wins FCCAA academic award for second straight year.

The Daytona State College Falcon baseball team has been honored as the FCCAA (Florid Community College Athletic Association) Academic Team-of-the-Year for the second straight season. The award goes to the top male academic athletic team governed by the FCCAA.

The 2008 Falcons achieved a 3.45 spring GPA along with a 3.61 GPA in the fall for a cumulative 3.53 GPA for the academic year. This marks the 12th consecutive semester Falcon Baseball has achieved above a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

"We have won four conference championships in the last 7 years, but that pales in comparison to the success these young men have had in the classroom, said Head Coach Tim Touma." "The true focus of our program has always been academic success. This team worked extremely hard to put academics first and we are very proud of them for that."

Schlagel Named 1st Team All-Conference
Sophomore left-hander Cody Schlagel has been named to the Mid-Florida All-Conference Team. The Southern Mississippi recruit was a mainstay for the Falcons out of the bullpen leading the team with six saves and a 2.23 ERA.

Five more Falcons have committed to play at Division I Universities next season.

Head Coach, Tim Touma says, “We are very excited to see these young men move on to great programs. All three are extremely hard workers both on the field and in the classroom. They are great examples of what it means to be a Falcon.”

Cody Schlagel-University of Southern Mississipi
In 2007, the lefthander led the Falcons in saves(3) and tied for the lead in wins(4). He was a key member on the Mid-Florida Conference Co-Championship team and the NJCAA Academic Team-of–the-Year.

In 2008, Schlagel continued his key role for the falcons leading the team in saves(6) and a 2.23 ERA. Cody was also tied for second on the team in wins(4) and named to both the Mid-Florida All-Conference Team and was a participant in the Florida Junior College All-Star Game. A 4.0 student, Schlagel, is a two-time Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete.

Kyle Dahl-University of North Florida
In 2007, Dahl was an All-Conference catcher and vocal leader for the Falcons. Dahl played in 36 of Daytona State's 39 games and along with Schlagel was a member of the Mid-Florida Conference Co-Championship team and the NJCAA Academic Team-of–the-Year.

In 2008, the catcher started off hot clubbing 3 homeruns and batting .367 through the first nine games. Although limited by a wrist injury Dahl was a key leader as he assisted in the first base coaching duties for the remainder of the 2008 season. Kyle is a two-time Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete.

Ryan Puskar-University of North Florida
In 2007, Puskar transferred to Daytona State after one year at Stetson University in Deland, FL.

In 2008, Ryan was a mainstay in the Falcon line-up, showcasing his versatility at multiple positions. Puskar hit .370 in Mid-Florida Conference play, clubbing two homeruns and will also be a Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete this season.

Justin Dahl-Bethune Cookman University
In 2007, Justin hit .300 with 9 doubles and 2 homeruns. Dahl was also a member of the NJCAA Academic Team-of–the-Year.

In 2008, Dahl hit .312 with 10 doubles in 39 games. However, next season Dahl will take his strong left arm and deceptive delivery to the mound for BCU. Justin is a two-time Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete.

Ryan Durrence-Bethune Cookman University
In 2007, Durrence was a medical redshirt after injuring his ankle early in the year. Ryan was a Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete and a member of the NJCAA Academic Team-of–the-Year.

In 2008, Ryan hit .254 with 2 homeruns, while battling some lingering injuries. Ryan is a two-time Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athlete.

Three Falcons earn FCCAA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors

TALLAHASSEE- The Daytona State College trio of Barry Rooks, Daley Cox and Kyle Neal share this week’s FCCAA Pitcher of the Week award. The three combined to no-hit FCCJ on March 17 in the Falcons’ 7-0 victory. Rooks (Sophomore, LHP, Oviedo, Fla.), who earned the victory, tossed seven innings and struck out six before giving way to the Falcons’ bullpen. Cox (Freshman, LHP, Orlando, Fla.) pitched a scoreless eighth and Neal (Freshman, RHP, Brooksville, Fla.) finished the no-no by following suit in the ninth. It was the third no-hitter by FCCAA schools in 2008.
-courtesy of Rob Chaney, FCCAA

Falcons Pitchers named National Co-Pitchers-of-the-Week

Pitchers Barry Rooks, Daley Cox, and Kyle Neal have received national honors for their combined no-hitter against FCCJ on March 17th.

Falcon Baseball promotes first player from Developmental Program.

Daytona Beach- Daniel Gibson is the first player to be promoted from the Developmental Team to the Falcon squad for the spring of 2008. Gibson was a standout catcher at Atlantic High School in Port Orange. Developmental Head Coach, Taylor Childress says, “Daniel worked extremely hard this fall and his promotion is well deserved. Gibson is just another example of the success we are having with Falcon Development at Daytona State.”

National Academic Team-Of-The-Year continues classroom success

Daytona Beach- After being honored by the NJCAA as the 2006-2007 Baseball National Academic Team -Of-The-Year, the Falcon baseball team continues to set high marks in the classroom.

The Falcon players finished the 2007 fall semester with a team G.P.A. of 3.52, with over 20 team members posting a 3.0 or higher. The Falcons hope to continue their academic success when classes begin for the spring semester on Monday, January 14th.

Falcons Take A Walk Against Heart Disease

Daytona Beach- Falcon players got a break for their normal practice routine this past Friday, in order to participate in the 2007 Volusia/Flager Heart walk. Proceeds from the annual event go to benefit the American Heart Association.

Said sophomore Ryan Durrence, "It was a great opportunity for us to get involved within the local community and we all had a great time. The event raised quite a bit of money and we are proud to have participated."

Four Falcons Sign Early

Head Coach Tim Touma announces that four Falcons have signed early:

  • Peter Brotons, University of South Florida
  • Barry Rooks, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kurtis Frymier, Michigan State University
  • Steve Sabins, Oklahoma State University

Falcons Round Out Coaching Staff

August 22nd, 2007
Daytona Beach- Daytona State baseball head coach Tim Touma has hired two assistant coaches to complete his staff heading into the 2007-08 academic year, the athletics department announced on Wednesday.

Taylor Childress and Randall Vickroy are the two new assistants and both come from successful coaching and playing backgrounds.

Childress comes to Daytona Beach from Trinity University where he was an assistant coach for two seasons. Prior to his time at Trinity, Childress was an assistant coach at Trevecca Nazarene University. Childress also spent two summers as an assitant coach in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and the Brewster Whitecaps.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Touma and be a part of Daytona State College athletics,” Childress said. “And I am proud to be a part of a school that emphasizes excellence in both athletics and academics. I am looking forward to helping with future successes both on the field and in the classroom.”

Childress earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University.

“I am excited to welcome Taylor and his family to the Falcon staff,” Touma said. “His experience as a pitching instructor and strong academic background will prove valuable in developing our student-athletes.”

Vickroy is a former Falcon who helped guide the Falcons to their first ever conference championship under the Tim Touma era in 2003. After a successful career at Daytona State, Vickroy stayed local again, by transfering to Bethune-Cookman University.

“It is hard to stay away from a place where people treat you so well,” Vickroy said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to start my coaching career at Daytona State College and look forward to continuing the tradition as a coach that I helped start as a player.”

Vickroy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of South Florida.

“Randall is an energetic and ambitious young coach with strong Volusia County recruiting ties,” Touma said. “His experience here as a player will help him relate well to our student-athletes. We are very excited to have Randall back.”