Toby Bicknell Named Air Force Baseball Assistant Coach
July 15, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force baseball coach Maj. Mike Kazlausky announced today that Toby Bicknell will join his staff as an assistant coach, effective immediately. Bicknell comes to the Academy after spending the last two seasons on the baseball staff at Davidson.
At Davidson, Bicknell handled several duties, working with the offense, coaching third base and instructing the infielders, outfielders and catchers on defense. Prior to his stint at Davidson, Bicknell served two years at Clemson as a volunteer assistant coach. Bicknell will serve similar duties at Air Force.
In his two years at Davidson, Bicknell developed several all-conference hitters. In 2010 Bicknell guided Andrew Barna to freshman All-American honors. In 2009 Bicknell worked with Zach Kayne, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The team batting average and fielding percentage for Davidson also improved under Bicknell's guidance.
During his time at Clemson, Bicknell worked primarily with infielders and hitters along with coordinating summer camps at Clemson. The Tigers compiled a 70-51-1 record during his two years and he coached five players who were picked in the Major League Baseball draft.
Prior to his time at Clemson, Bicknell spent two years as an assistant coach at North Carolina-Pembroke. The Braves posted a record of 63-47 in those two years, received a national ranking as high as seventh, and posted back-to-back 30 win seasons for the first time in program history, while tying the school record for wins at 32. The 2006 team posted school records in seven offensive categories while also having six of its starters hit .315 or better. Defensively, the Braves set program records for fielding percentage, putouts and assists. Bicknell also coached All-American Jason Morales, who was eventually draft by the Kansas City Royals.
Bicknell spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons at nearby Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC. The 2003 Mustangs were Western North Carolina State Champions and NC 4A State runner-up. That team contained five future Division I players including former Wildcat Rob Wilson, and former North Carolina pitcher Robert Woodard, who was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2007 MLB Draft.
From 2000-2004 Bicknell was a part of the On Deck O's where he coached 18 players that went on to play college baseball.
Between 1998-00, Bicknell served as an assistant coach at Providence Senior High School in Charlotte, while also assisting with the Post 235 Matthews American Legion Team.
Bicknell, who is entering his 13th year as a coach, has spent seven years in all coaching high school and traveling baseball in the Charlotte area. He has coached 30 high school players that have gone on to play college baseball (25 at the Division I level), including seven ACC Players, 10 Southern Conference players, and three that were drafted by MLB.
In five years at the collegiate level, Bicknell has coached 11 all-conference players, one Freshman All-American, and eight MLB draft picks. All totaled, Bicknell has tutored 11 MLB draft picks.
Bicknell was a starter on the 2002 Wingate baseball team, where he played third base.
The Charlotte, N.C. native lettered three times at Charlotte Christian School from 1995-97.
Bicknell, earned his bachelor's degree in physical education at Wingate University in 2002, and his master's degree in sports administration at UNC-Pembroke in 2006.
Bicknell and his wife, Faith, have been married three years and reside in Monument, CO.