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Dave Tollett

Head Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University

A four-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year, head coach Dave Tollett enters his 15th season at the helm of the four-time A-Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast baseball program. He was named the program’s first-ever head coach in August of 2001.

Under Tollett’s guidance, the Eagles made the transition into the Division I ranks by winning three straight A-Sun regular season titles from 2008-10 and posting 112 wins in their first three years. En route to the conference championships, FGCU went 73-20 in the A-Sun – the most conference wins by any team in the country over that span.

Tollett’s blue collar coaching style has helped quickly build FGCU into one of the rising programs in the country. Over his 14 seasons as head coach, Tollett has accumulated a record of 490-296-3 with at least 25 wins in all 14 seasons and four conference titles. The Eagles have won 58 of the 82 A-Sun three-game series since joining the league in 2008, including all 10 in 2010.

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Brandon Romans

Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University

Brandon Romans enters his first year as an assistant coach with the FGCU baseball team after being hired on staff in June 2017.

Romans will oversee the recruiting process while serving as the hitting coach and working with the position players.

The Cocoa, Fla., native brings eight years of collegiate coaching experience after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Austin Peay in 2017. Romans has also served two stints at the University of Central Florida (2010-12, ’16) and three seasons at Jacksonville State (2013-15).

In eight years of coaching, Romans has helped account for 268 wins and has been to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions – twice with UCF (2011, ’12) and once with Jacksonville State (2014). Along with mentoring seven All-Americans and an equal number of Freshman All-Americans, Romans has helped four former players including Danny Winkler (Braves), Darnell Sweeney (Phillies), Ben Lively (Phillies) and Eric Skoglund (Royals) achieve their Major League dreams.

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Matt Reid

Assistant Coach: Florida Gulf Coast University

 

Matt Reid is in his first season as assistant coach at FGCU. Reid takes on the role of assistant coach at FGCU and will primarily work with infielders and assist with hitting.

 

Reid comes to Southwest Florida following a stint as a scout in New England and nine seasons in West Point, New York. During his time along the Hudson River, Reid was part of six Patriot League championships and three NCAA Regional appearances. Included in that stretch was a 33-19 record in 2014 with a 15-5 mark in conference play that led to the Black Knights winning a share of the Patriot League title. Of those appearances was a trip to the Regional Final in 2009 against Texas.

 

Over the course of his tenure, Reid helped Army West Point achieve single-season records in several categories including fielding percentage, batting average, home runs, runs scored, and RBIs.

 

In addition, Reid was instrumental in the development or recruitment of 12 draftees including Chris Rowley and Nick Dignacco, the former becoming the first Army West Point player to ever be called up to the Majors.

 

Along with the success of Rowley and Dignacco, Reid also helped coach three All-Americans in Kevin McKague, Clint Moore, and Zach Price, with the latter winning the Gold Glove in 2012 as the country’s best defensive second baseman at the Division I level.

 

Prior to Army West Point, Reid was on staff for two seasons at UNC Asheville assisting the Bulldogs to a Big South title in 2006 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

 

Coinciding with his time at Asheville, the Amherst native also spent time as the coach of the Peninsula Pilots, guiding the club to a 72-45 record over two summers.

 

Reid’s coaching career has also taken him from Old Dominion, VCU, Louisburg JC, and Virginia Military Institute.

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