Tim Adkins is entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Marshall baseball team. He serves as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Herd.
Under Adkins' tutelage, former Marshall pitcher Steve Blevins tied the single-season record for wins in 2008 with nine, while sophomore hurler Arik Sikula set the single-season saves record with eight (third all-time) as a freshman.
An experienced recruiter, Adkins has helped bring in players from all corners of the United States as the Thundering Herd roster currently has players from California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas, in addition to Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
Born in Huntington, W.Va. in 1974, Adkins is a 1992 graduate of Wayne High School where he participated in baseball, basketball and football. During his senior year he earned West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year honors, the TOPPS West Virginia Golden Diamond Player of the Year, was named West Virginia Writer's Association Player of the Year, was named to the Mizuno All-American Team, the USA Today All-American Second Team, and the Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American. He was a two-time District II Player of the Year, and was a two-time captain (in 1991 and 1992) of the All-State team.
In 1992, Adkins was drafted in the ninth round by the Toronto Blue Jays, and pitched professionally from 1992 through 2004 with stints in the Blue Jays, Yankees, Tigers, and Reds organizations. He also played two years the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League, giving him 13 years of professional experience (including three years in Triple A), appearing in over 400 games and over 1,000 innings.
In 1998 he founded the Tri-State Baseball Association, Inc., a corporation that sponsors traveling summer teams (Huntington Hounds) to provide an arena for local athletes to showcase their abilities and compete for college scholarships and to promote amateur baseball in the Tri-State area. Since 1998, the Hounds program has been instrumental in placing 93 of its alumni into college programs, and has seen nine players drafted by professional teams.
Adkins has also been an influence in the business world and the Tri-State community. He has established a scholarship at Wayne High School for student-athletes for three years, he created the Baseball Ltd. (BBL) - an indoor training facility, co-founded Winner's Edge Showcase - a fall showcase for high school participants, was twice selected as the Young Business Entrepreneur by the Herald-Dispatch, and was named Honorary Co-Chairman of the National Business Society of Young Business Leaders of America.
Adkins married his wife Nanette Johnson in 1999 and they currently reside in Huntington.