COLUMBUS, Ohio The American Baseball Coaches Association has announced that Ohio State head baseball coach Bob Todd has been elected for induction into the association’s Hall of Fame.
Todd will join former Ohio State baseball coaches Marty Karow and L.W. St. John as members of the ABCA’s Hall of Fame. The induction will take place January 3 in San Diego at the ABCA’s annual convention.
Since becoming the 10th head coach in OSU history in 1988, Todd, 59, has guided the Buckeyes to an 805-411-2 (.662) record. Under his guidance, the program set the school record with 52 victories in 1991and reached the 50-win plateau again in 1999. His teams have never had a losing season, have won at least 40 games 10 times in his 20-year tenure, and have never won fewer than 32 games.
During his tenure, Ohio State has won six Big Ten regular season championships and eight Big Ten tournament championships. He has led the program to 12 NCAA regional appearances (1991-95, 1997, 1999, 2001-03, 2005, 2007), including two second-place finishes and one third-place finish in the NCAA regionals. Since 1999, Todd has guided the Buckeyes to two regional championships and berths into super regionals in 1999 and 2003.
No program in the Big Ten has won more games since 1988 than Ohio State, Todd’s first season in Columbus. Todd is one of only two conference coaches to win more than 300 Big Ten games, and he reached that mark quicker than any coach in league history. He is 369-202 (.646) against Big Ten opposition. He has won 20 or more conference games six times and has twice won 25 games, the conference record. His teams have played in the Big Ten tournament 19 times, missing only once, and have played in the tournament the last 11 seasons, which is the longest current streak by any team in the league.
Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, Todd was the head baseball coach at Kent State, where he guided the Golden Flashes to a 124-82 (.602) record in four seasons. He began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Missouri, where he served as an assistant coach from 1973-1983. Todd also has twice served as an assistant coach on the Team USA baseball team, in 1994 and 2001. He was recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2001, becoming the first coach to be so named four times. He was nominated for national coach of the year honors in 1991, 1994, 1999 and 2003 and was chosen National Coach of the Year in 1994 by the Columbus Touchdown Club.