Coach of the Week: Greg Todd
February 9, 2012 Leave a comment
by Taylor Deaton
Sometimes the Transylvania Bubble is hard to penetrate, even when you find yourself inside it. Many times this is true in regard to athletic events and their respective attendance.
Students have studying, reading and socializing concerns that often push sporting events to the veritable back burner of high-order concerns. If you haven’t been out to support your Transylvania women’s basketball team of late, it may be worth giving a try.
Besides being a squad of dedicated women, the variable that pushes this team to the upper level of the Heartland Conference Athletic Conference is the quality instruction and guidance provided by head coach Greg Todd.
Todd — who took over the helm of the women’s team in 2006 — has enjoyed unparalleled success at Transy, amassing an impressive record of 96-42. His winning habit has given Todd rare bragging rights among Division III coaches: He ranks as the 40th winningest active coach.
Before he began his collegiate tenure, Todd had one of the most successful high school coaching careers in state history, leading his Lexington Catholic High School girls basketball team to six regional titles, three state championships and a 225-26 overall record.
Todd brought those winning ways to Transy during his first season, leading the team to a 19-9 finish, good enough for third in the conference and an appearance in the finals of the HCAC tournament. That season’s résumé earned the Pioneers a bid for the NCAA Division III basketball championship for the first time in school history.
In 2008-2009, Todd led the women to their first ever HCAC regular-season title, earning another birth in the NCAA tournament.
His winning ways have echoed ever since. Todd has had his team in the top three in the conference every season since his first, and he hopes to repeat that feat this year. The Pioneers have a difficult upcoming schedule of interconference play, but with Todd’s history of success, there’s no doubt about his coaching ability.
Transy’s next competition is in the Beck Center Saturday at 1 p.m. against Manchester College.