2008 - 2009 Archives

Two Ex-Falcons are Going to Omaha!

Jeff Stanley and Cody Schlagel both left handed pitchers for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defeated the University of Florida for the first trip to the College World Series in school history.

Southern Miss opens on ESPN2 Sunday June 14th at 6:00 P.M. against the University of Texas.
Jeff and Cody follow local great Ben Hall and Marques Smith of Clemson University as former Falcons playing in the College World Series after leaving Daytona State.

Five Falcons Receive Post-Season Honors

Daytona Beach- Sophomore Baker Knox was named to the All Mid-Florida Conference 1st Team.  Knox, a sophomore 2nd baseman from Palatka, FL, batted .374, with 6 homeruns, 35 RBI’s, and led the Falcons with 48 runs scored.

Casey Medlen, was also named “Fireman-Of-The-Year.”  The award is given out to the best relief pitcher as voted on by the Mid-Florida Conference head coaches.  The sophomore relief pitcher from Apopka, FL, led the Falcons and the Mid-Florida Conference with 9 saves, while also collecting two wins and posting a 2.61 ERA.  

The remaining three Falcons were all named to the All Mid-Florida Conference 2nd Team: Freshman shortstop Eric Grabe, freshman catcher Brian Leino, and sophomore outfielder Matt Wright.   Grabe anchored the Falcon infield while leading the team with a .393 batting average and clubbing 7 homeruns.  Leino caught in 37 of the Falcons 41 games, while batting .327 with 4 homeruns and Wright finished up his Falcon career hitting .340 with 5 homeruns

Head Coach Tim Touma has promoted two pitchers from the Developmental Program to the Falcon roster for the upcoming fall semester.

Daytona Beach- Matt Collins and Shane Greene have been promoted from the Developmental Team to the Falcon squad for the fall of 2009.  Collins (Deland, FL) and Greene (Clermont, FL) are both redshirt sophomores that originally transferred from the University of West Florida.  Head Coach, Tim Touma says, “Both of these young men have been rehabbing their arms while on the Developmental Program.  By the end of the semester it became obvious to us that they each have the ability to contribute to our pitching staff. In two full years we have already seen four promotions from Falcon Development, the program continues to be a huge success.” 

For more information on the Developmental Program, contact Coach Nick Luppino: 386-506-3915

Falcon Baseball Continues Academic Excellence

Daytona Beach- Head Coach Tim Touma has announced that the two-time National Academic Team-of-the-Year has finished the 2008 Fall Semester with a cumulative team G.P.A. of over 3.5.  24 members of the team had a 3.0 or higher and eight Falcons registered a 4.0 G.P.A.

Falcon Baseball Shows Their Support On National Guard Day 

national guardDaytona Beach-The Falcon Baseball team took a break from their normal in-season routine to show their support for our National Guard.  Dawning camouflage uniforms, the Falcons, along with Sergeant Barry Tressler of the National Guard, hosted Central Florida Community College in a Mid-Florida Conference game.  Sergeant Tressler and his colleagues passed out information and materials to the fans about the National Guard before the 2:30 first pitch. The highlight of the day was Private First Class Andrea Cassidy impressing the crowd by performing the National Anthem.

You can learn more about the National Guard by emailing Sergeant Tressler at: barry.d.tressler@us.arm.mil

Head Coach Tim Touma Promotes Second Player in Two Years from Developmental Program

Daytona Beach- Ben Otto becomes the second player in as many years to be promoted from the Developmental Team to the Falcon squad for the spring of 2009.  Otto, a Menomonie, Wisconsin native was a standout shortstop at Menomonie High School.  Head Coach, Tim Touma says, "It was obvious from day one that Ben had the work ethic and determination to be a Falcon, his promotion is well deserved.  In two years we have already seen multiple promotions from Falcon Development, the program is a huge success."

For more information on the Developmental Program, contact Coach Nick Luppino at 386-506-3915.

Falcons Send Four to FCCAA All-Star Game in Winter Haven

Daytona Beach- Four Falcon sophomores have been chosen to participate in the annual Sophomore All-Star Showcase in Winter Haven the weekend of November 1st.  Outfielders, Matt Wright and Carlos Ramirez, infielder, Baker Knox and pitcher, Casey Medlen will represent the Falcons on Sunday, November 2nd.  

Wright and Ramirez are expected to lead a deep and talented Falcon outfield, anchored with speed.  Knox will be the lone veteran presence in a young, but talented Falcon infield.  Right-hander, Casey Medlen, a transfer from Lake City CC, will see plenty of mound time as he will be called on to close out games for the Falcons this spring.  

Says Coach Touma, "It is a great opportunity for these young men to showcase their abilities on a more national scale.  All four truly epitomize what it means to be a student-athlete, and we are thrilled that they are representing Daytona State."

In addition to the four All-Stars, the Falcon coaching staff has been chosen to represent the Mid-Florida Conference during the event.  Coach Touma and his staff will be joined by the coaching staff from Central Florida CC as they lead the Mid-Florida Conference All-Stars against top players from the Suncoast Conference.

New Assistant Coach for Daytona State

July 22, 2008
Daytona Beach- Daytona State Head Baseball Coach Tim Touma has announced the addition of Nick Luppino to his coaching staff heading into the 2008-2009 academic year. 

Luppino joins the Falcons after spending one season as an assistant coach for Austin Peay State, where he was responsible for working with the infielders, hitters and coaching third base.  Joining Daytona State will mark Luppino's fifth season of coaching at the collegiate level.  Prior to APSU, the Ft. Lauderdale native spent three years as an assistant at Palm Beach Community College.  Luppino has also been head coach for both the Palm Beach Post 12 and the Nashville Stingers of the Sandlott  Collegiate Wood Bat League. 

In addition to working with the infielders and the hitters, Luppino will assist in the recruiting efforts, the Falcon Developmental Program and serve as director of the Falcon Baseball Camps.