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The 2014 season will mark the 13th year for Tim Touma as the head baseball coach for Daytona State College. Coach Touma spent 12 years as a D1 assistant coach making stops at the University of Florida and Oklahoma St. where he helped coach both teams to the college world series.
Tim Touma played and coached in the Montreal Expos organization along with college jobs at New Mexico State and Bethune Cookman College before being named head coach of the Falcons.
In the Tim Touma era:
Seven time National Academic Team of the Year
25 consecutive semesters of a 3.0 or higher team GPA
Won the first conference championship in school history
Won 4 conference championships
Back-to-back-to-back conference championships
4 time Mid-Florida Conference coach of the year
2003 team held #1 ranking in the state
Coach Touma is a graduate of Lake Worth High School, Palm Beach Community College and the University of Florida where he was an Academic All-SEC performer.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting & Pitching Coordinator
Chris Reilly is entering his sixth season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Daytona State College. In Reilly's five seasons as pitching coach at Daytona State all 23 sophomore pitchers who graduated and moved on to four year schools, went on to play at the NCAA division 1 level.
The 2012 pitching staff had several successes. Sophomore Brad Gero was named a 1st team Mid-Florida Conference selection, with a 7-0 record that placed him tied for 7th in the state in wins, and 25th in state 3.39 ERA. Freshman right hander John Sebelle, Mid-Florida Conference "Fireman of the Year", finished the year 2nd in the state and 10th in the NJCAA in saves (9), while sophomore starter Josh Ganus finished the season ranked 28th in the state with a 3.42 ERA.
The 2011 pitching staff featured two All –Mid Florida Conference pitchers in Jarron Cito (3rd in NJCAA in IP, and 13th in NJCAA in Strikeouts, 49th in Wins), and Brandon Lee (49th in NJCAA in ERA). All three sophomores on the 2011 staff earned themselves scholarships to four year institutions.
The 2010 season marked Reilly's return to Daytona State after spending the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Cincinnati. Reilly's 2010 pitching staff featured a group of three sophomore starters who signed division 1 scholarships in Florida (FAU, UCF, UF).
During the 2006 and 2007 seasons in Daytona, Coach Reilly helped guide the Falcons to back-to-back Mid-Florida Conference championships. The 2006 season saw starting pitcher, Alan Farina, earn Mid-Florida Conference Pitcher of the Year and Florida Community College Athletic Association (FCCAA) first-team all-state honors. Farina was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays organization in the third round of the 2007 first-year player draft.
While in Cincinnati, Reilly helped lead the Bearcats to a school record 39 wins during the 2008 season (39-20). Reilly made an immediate impact with the pitching staff in his first year with the program. The Bearcats posted a 4.37 team ERA, the teams lowest since 1979, which ranked No. 39 in the nation. Under Reilly's tutelage, his pitchers finished the 2008 season ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division I Baseball allowing a minuscule 2.48 walks per game. Under Reilly's instruction, left-hander, Dan Osterbrock, set a new school record for career wins (21), earned second-team all Big East honors and was drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Twins.
Reilly spent the summer of 2006 as the pitching coach for the St. Cloud Riverbats in the Northwoods collegiate summer league.
The New Jersey native began his collegiate playing career at Seton Hall University where he was named 2000 Honorable Mention Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He pitched Seton Hall to the Big East championship and a win at the Clemson, SC regional in 2001.
Reilly finished his college career at Oklahoma State University, where he was named Phillips 66 Big XII Conference Pitcher of the Week, and Honorable Mention All-Big XII Conference in 2002. After completing his year at Oklahoma State, he signed professionally and played four years of professional baseball, two in the Baltimore Orioles organization and two in the Frontier League.
Reilly returned to Oklahoma State University to graduate with a degree in Business Administration in May of 2005. Reilly is married to his wife, Megan.
The 2014 season will see the return of former Falcon great Mike Groover as he makes his debut as a college baseball coach at his alma mater, Daytona State College. Coach Groover was a two year starter for Daytona State. He was also a two time Mid-Florida Conference All-Academic team member while playing for the Falcons and graduated with a 3.9 GPA.
The Florida native is the son of Michael and Teresa Groover. As a 2008 graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, Mike was a 3 year starter on the infield for the Crusaders along with earning 1st team All-Area Selection for Palm Beach County his senior season.
Coach Groover has spent the past two summers coaching the highly successful PAL baseball program out of West Palm Beach, FL. Infield defense, hitting, base running, coaching 1st base along with the DEVO program will all fall under Coach Groover's direction. He is excited to start his collegiate coaching career here at Daytona State.