Coach Raleigh has a vast amount of experience in coaching and developing players. Started coaching at the collegiate level at the age of 22. Stayed on the Division One Level for over 20 years. He is very well known speaker and highly respected on the national level. He reached 300 victories before the age of 40 at the Division 1 Level. Touted as top 5 coaches in the country under the age of 40. Became the youngest head coach in the SEC in 2007.
Coach Raleigh is best known for his development of players. Very few coaches in the past decade have taken more players out of high school and turned them in to drafted players and MLB prospects. He has developed over 75 players in to professional baseball, including over a dozen players to play in the bigs, including 2 locals in MLB all star Greg Holland, and Charles Thomas both who were undrafted out of high school. He has also coached locals Derrick Hawk who was an all conference player and a sure draft pick if an injury didn’t prevent him from moving on. Tuscola players Blake Murphy, Caleb McConnell, Jared Greenwood from Franklin High School. Josh Allman from Swain County.
“I have been blessed to have coached a very high percentage of WNC’s finest baseball players in the past dozen or so years.” The quality of player/athlete that they became is a result of their hard work and commitment. We want to continue the great run of WNC baseball players moving on to play in college and even higher than that.” I have the track record and the experience to aid in the devolpment of their career. It takes a strong commitment and desire to get better. As I like to say “if it was easy everybody would be doing it”
Played at WCU from 1988-1991. Played under Hall of Fame Coach Jack Leggett. Was a 3 time All Southern Conference Catcher. Held several records at one time including RBI’s in a season with 78 and most runners caught stealing in a season on two different occasions 1990 and 1991 . Played alongside Hall of Fame brother Matt Raleigh for 3 years and was touted as one of the fiercest tandems in Southern Conference History. Signed with the Boston Red Sox after the 1991 season. A shoulder injury cut the professional career short.
Univ of Vermont – 1992
WCU – 1993-1994
Belmont Abbey – 1994
James Madison- 1995-1998
East Carolina – 1999
As an assistant coach Raleigh served as recruiting coordinator, pitching coach, infield coach, catching coach, and as hitting coach. Won several Championships as an assistant coach. Had dozens of players drafted as an assistant coach. As a recruiting coordinator was able to produce top 25 recruiting classes on several occasions. Was able to coach alongside the late Hall of Fame Coach Keith LeClair at WCU and ECU. “I played with Keith one season and coached with him for 2 seasons. In those 3 seasons we won 3 Season Titles and 2 Conference Tournament Titles. He was a great coach but a better human being. My experiences with him and Coach Leggett were very influential in my coaching philosophy”.
Head Coach file:
WCU – 2000-2007
Univ of Tenn 2007-2011
Upon taking the job at the University of Tennessee, Raleigh had an outstanding eight year head coaching tenure at Western Carolina lifted Raleigh into the national spotlight. During his eight seasons in Cullowhee, N.C., Raleigh’s clubs won two regular-season Southern Conference championships, one Southern Conference tournament title, turned in five top-three league finishes and made two NCAA Regional appearances – reaching the Regional final both times.
After finishing last in his first year in 2000 and only winning 15 games (15-38) his 2001 team had the Largest single-season turnaround in SoCon history (+14.5 games) they finished 30-26 and 18-11 in SoCon play.
He also was named the 2002 and 2007 Southern Conference Coach of the Year. The 2003 season capped an impressive four-year resurgence at Western, as Raleigh steered the Cats from an 8-22 league record in 2000 to a SoCon-best 22-8 league mark and an NCAA Regional final in 2003. In the process, he was tabbed the 2003 North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year. The 2003 team cracked the national polls and stayed there most of the season. Lost a heartbreaker 14 inning game against NC State in the NCAA Regional Championship Game.
In 2006, Raleigh’s club was the only team in the nation to record non-conference road wins over a pair of College World Series teams, winning at both Clemson and Georgia.
And his 2007 Southern Conference Championship squad posted a winning record against teams in the top 35 of the RPI. Upon being awarded a rare mid-major at-large bid to the field of 64 for the 2007 NCAA tournament, Western Carolina – which worked itself into a top 40 national RPI slot – was touted by ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Peterson as featuring an “SEC-style offense.” The 2007 squad also led the nation in road wins with 21. Including wins against Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State and others. This squad lost to UNC in the NCAA Regional Finals.
2nd winningest coach in WCU history. Trails Hall of Famer Jack Leggett by 50 wins (2 less seasons) and almost 400 Division 1 wins for his career. Reached 2 NCAA Regional Championship games. Almost unheard of at the mid major level.
Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett on Todd Raleigh:
“I’ve known Todd for a long period of time. He was a great player for us at Western Carolina, and he’s a great person. He’s one of the best leaders and captains I’ve ever had in all my time coaching.”
“His teams are aggressive, very tough, fundamentally sound and extremely competitive. Let’s just put it this way, if you’re going to play Todd Raleigh’s team, you better have your ‘A-Game.’ He’s just a competitive, hard-nosed person, and his teams take on that same personality. He expects things to be done right, and he expects things to be done fundamentally sound.”
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