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The 2015 season will mark the 14th 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:
- Nine time National Academic Team of the Year
- 27 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 ninth season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Daytona State College. In Reilly’s previous eight years at Daytona State 32 of his 34 graduating sophomore pitchers who continued to play, moved on to the NCAA division 1 level.
The 2015 Falcon pitching staff’s 2.68 era was the best in program history and ranked 4th among NJCAA D1 programs. The 2015 staff featured five sophomores, who all continued their baseball careers at a higher level. Three of which signed at D1 programs (Campbell, Oklahoma State, and USF) and two to one of the nation’s top D2 programs (Nova Southeastern).
Though consisting of just two sophomores, the 2014 staff had success developing and moving three pitchers onto the next level. Among the three moving on from the Falcon staff was Redshirt Freshman Matt Naylor who used the Daytona State baseball program to transform himself into the 2014 Mid-Florida Conference “Fireman of the Year”. Two Freshman starters (LHP Jonny Ortiz and RHP Phoenix Sanders) earned Honorable Mention All Mid-Florida Conference year on a Falcon staff who’s 3.52 ERA ranked in the top 5 in the FCSAA.
2013 saw the development of sophomore starters John Sever, and Cody Mizelle. Sever, a newcomer to the Falcon program established himself as one of the State’s best best by finishing the season with 9.51 K/G Mizelle’s 2013 effort ranked him in 6th in the FCSAA in ERA and 3rd in innings pitched (NJCAA’s top 40 in both IP and ERA).
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).
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. Chris and his wife, Megan, are proud parents two daughters.
The 2016 season will see the return of former Falcon great Brad Gero as he begins his first year coaching at Daytona State College. Coach Gero spent two years at Daytona State as a right handed pitcher. During his Falcon career, Gero went 7-0 and was named to the Mid-Florida Conference 1st Team his sophomore season.
Following his time at Daytona State College, Coach Gero transferred to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to continue his academic and baseball career. While at ODU, Gero set the school record for appearances in a season with 39 and was tied for the Conference USA league in saves with 12. After his playing career concluded, Coach Gero stayed on staff as an undergraduate assistant coach for one season and completed his degree in Sport Management in May of 2015.
The Lake Worth, FL native is the son of Craig and Sandra Gero and is the younger of two siblings. As a 2010 graduate of Park Vista High School, Brad was a 3 year starter on the mound and in the outfield for the Cobras. During his high school stint he earned All-Conference honors all three years, and All-State honors following his junior and senior seasons.
Infield defense, hitting, base running, coaching first base, along with overseeing the DEVO program all will fall under Coach Gero’s direction. He is excited to be back in Daytona Beach and coaching as an alum of Daytona State College.