No adjective may effectively be used to characterize Ms. Susie Toomey’s accomplishments, contributions, and dedication toward the betterment of King College over the last three decades.
After spending the first 15 years of her coaching career between ETSU and various Northeast Tennessee area high schools, coach Toomey began her tenure at King that lasted 22 seasons. In 978 games, coach Toomey led her teams to victory an astounding 749 times and accumulated a career winning percentage of 76.6 percent. She led her teams to 15 conference championships, including 10 consecutive from 1997 to her final season in 2006. Her teams went to 13 NAIA District tournaments and won three regional championships, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament in each year and were awarded the National Sportsmanship Award in 1999. In eight NCCAA Tournament appearances, her teams won six district championships.
Her athletes’ achievements over their careers are a true testament to the athletic, scholarly, and moral quality that coach Toomey welcomed into her program. Seventeen different student-athletes achieved All-American status over their careers, totaling 23 different All-American awards being handed out between the NCCAA and NAIA levels. Another 17 student-athletes garnered NCCAA or NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors between 1986 and 2006. Forty different athletes have been awarded 74 All-Conference accolades between the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and the Tennessee Valley Athletic Conference (TVAC), including 13 Player of the Year honors. She has overseen 22 NAIA All-District, 24 All-Region, and seven All-District 24 awards earned by her athletes and was coach to Angela Montreuil who was named National Libero of the Year.
Coach Toomey has earned 21 different coaching accolades over her tenure. She was named NCCAA District Coach of the Year six times, is a 10-time Conference Coach of the Year, four-time NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year, and was named NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year once. In her 22 years at the helm, Coach Toomey never had a losing season and never finished a season any fewer than eight games above .500. She also had nine seasons with fewer than 10 total losses.
As King went through its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status, Toomey served as interim Director of Athletics, at the time overseeing 22 athletic teams and beginning the introduction of dance and cheer to its current total of 24. She also served as the Senior Woman Athletic Administrator (SWA) for the Athletic Department.
For as much of a mark as she has made on the court and in the lives of her athletes, Toomey has impacted the careers of even more students while serving as an educator and administrator at King College since her welcoming to campus in 1985. She has taught a variety of classes at King in the areas of health, physical education, coaching, administration, and recreation and continues to do so to this day. She has also served on numerous committees dedicated toward the improvement of the College and serves as an advisor to students who major in physical education or minor in coaching. Toomey currently serves as the Chair of the Physical Education Department at the College while continuing her teaching duties. She also served as the Director of Mission Outreach and Interim Dean of Students at King.
As impressive as her athletic and higher education resumes are, Toomey has exhibited incredible devotion to her faith and advancement of Christianity through her mission work and community service. Over the last 40 years, she has given herself and her service to 12 different states, the Nation’s capital, and six foreign countries. Her travels have taken her and students to Brazil, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico to engage in Bible camps, sport evangelism, and construction projects. While stateside, her groups have led many similar projects as well as disaster cleanup and homeless and inner-city ministry.
Her accomplishments are lengthy and many but the feeling of her influence that she continues to leave on King College, the world of higher education, and Christianity is a far better indicator of the impact she has left behind than any resume can ever capture.