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Bill  Toadvine

Player Profile

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Ohio '71

For the Ohio baseball team, excellence in coaching does not end with head coach Joe Carbone. Associate Head Coach Bill Toadvine is also recognized as one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the Mid-American Conference.

In his 17 seasons at Ohio, Toadvine has had 24 pitchers sign professional contracts, including 1997 All-American Tom Miller, Ohio's all-time strikeout leader Robert Sismondo, and 2000 MAC Pitcher of the Year Tony Schiml. His 2004 staff saw Chris Bova, Mark Cornell, and Adam Russell drafted and signed to the pros.

In addition, nine of his pitchers have achieved first-team All-MAC status. In 1991 and 1997, Toadvine's pitchers led the Bobcats to MAC titles. His staffs have always been among the top of the conference, posting an impressive ERA of 3.11 in 1989.

Toadvine, like Carbone, also played for the Bobcats. In 1970, he pitched 8.2 innings in Ohio's win over Iowa State in the College World Series.

Following his playing days at Ohio, he returned to coach in his hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio. Toadvine coached baseball at Miamisburg High School for 17 years and football for 10. One of his highlights came in his first year as baseball coach. He built a program where a team had not existed the previous year. In the following two years, his teams won district titles.

After his coaching tenure ended at Miamisburg, Toadvine was inducted into the Miamisburg High School Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1994, he was named to the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Despite accomplishments such as these, Toadvine would be the first to tell you that winning is not everything. The fun for Toadvine comes in the people and players he has gotten to know through coaching, not in statistics and wins.

While coaching, Toadvine wants his players to understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. He wants to get to know his players as people as well as athletes.

At Ohio, besides working with pitchers' mechanics and the mental side of the game, he shares recruiting responsibilities with Carbone. In addition, Toadvine is in charge of the team's academic progress and travel arrangements while assisting Carbone with every aspect of the overall program. One statistic Toadvine would be proud of is the team's GPA, which is near 3.00 year in and year out.

Toadvine earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio in 1971 and a master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio in 1989. He is married to the former Wendy Dakin. They have three grown children, Kasie, Brock - a former baseball Bobcat - and Kelly. In addition, he has four grandchildren: Joshua, Olivia, Will and Bailee.