|August 14, 2017||10:00 PM||HBCU 2017 Baseball Season||2017 HBCU Baseball Season|
Alcorn State University
Alcorn State Sports Information
LORMAN, Miss. – With three years of Division I assistant coaching experience, Tristan Toorie was named assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator with the Alcorn State University baseball program, head coach Bretton Richardson announced.
“I’m really excited for this tremendous opportunity to work at such a historic University and rich baseball program. I’d like to thank coach Richardson, athletic director Derek Horne and president Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. for allowing me to be a part of this program,” Toorie said. “I’ve already been impressed with the friendliness of the staff and can’t wait to get to work with the student-athletes.”
Toorie spent last season as the defensive coordinator and coached the outfielders and hitters at Eastern Kentucky University. He also assisted with the team’s recruiting efforts.
“Tristan is a great addition to our staff, program and University. He brings a wealth of knowledge and Division I experience from both Eastern Kentucky University and Presbyterian College,” Richardson said. “I’m looking forward to working with him, not only this year but for years to come.”
Through five years, Toorie coached 28 student-athletes that went on to continue their career into professional baseball.
In his first season at EKU, Toorie’s efforts helped the program accomplish two things that had never been done before in program history. For the first time, EKU swept three-game series against non-conference opponents on back-to-back weekends. EKU also won three non-conference, three-game weekend series for the first time in program history.
The Colonel defense helped the team allow the fewest stolen bases in the Ohio Valley Conference.
His work with the outfielders was highlighted by freshman Nick Howie starting all 56 games, batting .290, hitting eight home runs, driving in 41 runners and scoring 46 times and was named to the OVC All-Freshman Team. Fellow outfielder Daniel McFarland tied for the team lead with a .363 average. Both committed just four errors all season.
As a team, EKU ranked among the top-50 in the nation in 2017 in home runs per game (17th), home runs (23rd), slugging percentage (29th), scoring (32nd), batting average (38th), doubles per game (44th), runs (47th) and hits (48th), and slugged 82 home runs as a team.
As an assistant academic liaison and community service coordinator, the Colonels locked down two major program awards. EKU became 1 of 36 Division I institutions to receive the 2016-2017 ABCA American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award. The Colonels had a 3.17 team GPA. As strong members in the community, the EKU baseball team were recipients of the national Presidential Community Service Award amassing over 600 hours of community service.
Prior to EKU, Toorie worked at Presbyterian College where he coached the hitters and catchers, oversaw base running and coached first base. During his time at PC, Toorie helped turn a team that batted .246 with 11 home runs in 2014 into a team that hit .290 with 25 home runs in 2015. He also helped the team set a new program record with 27 wins. Toorie tutored PC’s first, first team all-conference catcher in school history.
Under Toorie’s guidance, Weston Jackson earned All-America honors and finished second in the nation in doubles. It was one of three All-Americans that Toorie has developed in his career. He’s also coached six All-Conference honorees, one Dick Howser Trophy Award semifinalist, one USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List candidate, two National Player of the Week award recipients and National Academic Player of the Year, Ben Fisher.
Before PC, Toorie worked two seasons with the Augusta Green Jackets, part of the San Francisco Giants organization. He assisted with pre-game activities, including batting practice, and also worked daily with the athletic training staff in addition to the strength and conditioning staff.
Toorie, a graduate of Augusta State University where he played first base, has been coaching since 2013 starting off with the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League. With the Rox he worked as a first base coach, strength & conditioning coach, third base coach and hitting instructor.