Tommy Raffo
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Tommy Raffo
Tommy Raffo
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamArkansas State
ConferenceSun Belt
Record310-329-1
Biographical details
Born (1967-12-22) December 22, 1967 (age 52)
Playing career
1987-1990Mississippi State
1990Miami Miracle
1991Charleston Wheelers
1992Cedar Rapids Reds
1993St. Paul Saints
Position(s)First baseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994-2008Mississippi State (asst.)
2009-presentArkansas State
Head coaching record
Overall310-329-1
TournamentsSun Belt: 16-15
NCAA: 0-0
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
  • Second Team All-SEC (1988)
  • 2× First Team All-SEC (1989, 1990)
  • Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2012)

Thomas G. Raffo is an American college baseball coach and former first baseman. Raffo is the head coach of the Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball team.

Amateur career

Raffo attended Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He was named a First Team All-Florida Class AAA.[1] He was drafted in the 34th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but he decided not to sign. Raffo then accepted a scholarship to play at Mississippi State University, to play college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team.

As a sophomore in 1988, Raffo was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC).

As a junior in 1989, Raffo batted .383 with a 22 home runs and 80 RBIs. He was named First Team All-SEC.

As a senior in 1990, he batted .358 with 13 home runs and 69 RBIs. He was again named First Team All-SEC.

Professional career

Raffo was drafted in the 8th round (209th overall) by the Miami Miracle in the 1990 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

Raffo began his professional career with the Miracle of the Class A Florida State League, where he batted .258 with three home runs.

Raffo played 1991 season with the Charleston Wheelers of the Class A South Atlantic League as a member of the Cincinnati Reds organization. He batted .277 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs in 133 games.

In 1992, he played with the Cedar Rapids Reds of the Midwest League. He batted .302 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs during the season. He signed with the St. Paul Saints to play the 1993 season. He hit just .321 with 20 RBIs in 48 games.

Coaching career

In 1994, Raffo was named a volunteer assistant at Mississippi State. In the fall of 1997, he was promoted to a full-time assistant.[3] In 2008, Raffo was being considered for the head coaching position at Mississippi State, but when the team decided to go with John Cohen,[4] he was named the head coach for the Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball program.[5]

Raffo lead the Red Wolves to their best finish in Sun Belt Conference history going 19-9 finishing 2nd. As a result, he was named the 2012 Sun Belt Coach of the Year.[6]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Arkansas State Red Wolves (Sun Belt Conference) (2009-present)
2009 Arkansas State 23-30 12-18 9th
2010 Arkansas State 30-28 16-14 8th Sun Belt Tournament
2011 Arkansas State 27-31-1 13-16-1 7th Sun Belt Tournament
2012 Arkansas State 34-23 19-9 2nd Sun Belt Tournament
2013 Arkansas State 28-31 12-18 8th Sun Belt Tournament
2014 Arkansas State 32-27 18-12 3rd Sun Belt Tournament
2015 Arkansas State 27-30 12-17 8th Sun Belt Tournament
2016 Arkansas State 28-30 13-17 8th Sun Belt Tournament
2017 Arkansas State 28-27 13-16 3rd (West) Sun Belt Tournament
2018 Arkansas State 20-32 11-19 T-4th (West) Sun Belt Tournament
2019 Arkansas State 26-29 11-20 6th (West)
2020 Arkansas State 7-9 0-0 (West) Season canceled due to COVID-19
Arkansas State: 310-329-1 150-176-1
Total: 310-329-1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also

References

  1. ^ "Two Hoboes make prep All-State team". www.newspaperarchive.com. NewspaperARCHIVE.com. May 29, 1986. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Mississippi State Bulldogs Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). www.hailstate.com. Mississippi State University. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Coaches & Staff" (PDF). www.msstate_ftp.sidearmsports.com. Mississippi State. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Baseball Press Conference Transcript - June 7, 2008". www.hailstate.com. Mississippi State University Athletics. June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Raffo Named Head Baseball Coach at Arkansas State". www.astateredwolves.com. Arkansas State University. July 1, 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Jacob Lee named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, Tommy Raffo gets Coach of the Year honors". www.kait8.com. KAIT. May 22, 2012. Retrieved 2018.

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