Walsh University alumni Tim Mead begins his 34nd year in the Cavs’ dugout. The all-time leader in victories (721), Mead led the 2016 Cavs to a 29-26 overall mark and a 17-13 finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, making it to the GLIC Championship.
In Januaray 2017, the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association honored Coach Mead with the 2017 Robert E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention. The award is named in honor of Robert "Ish" Smith, former president of the International Baseball Federation which is the international governing body for the sport. Smith is credited with getting the sport accepted into the Olympic Games as a gold medal sport.
"It's one of the greatest honors I have ever received," said Coach Mead. "It is a priveilege to receive a lifetime achievement award with the name Robert E. Smith. Bob was one of the greatest ambassadors of NAIA baseball, USA baseball, and international baseball. I am very humbled and honored to receive this award today."
The Cavs have enjoyed much success under Mead. In 2007, he led Walsh to 29 wins and their first trip to the NAIA World Series. After a 9-7 regular season finish in the American Mideast Conference North, Walsh stormed their way through the NAIA Region IX Tournament, and then hosted, and won the East Coast Super Regional to earn the World Series berth. At the series the Cavs won their first game, before being eliminated by Houston Baptist. In 2005, Mead led Walsh to the AMC North title and was named AMC North and Region IX Coach of the Year. He had previously directed Walsh to a school record 36 wins, and the AMC regular season championship in 2000, and was selected AMC and NAIA Region IX Coach of the Year. Mead also directed Walsh to the Mid-Ohio Conference title in 1991 and was named District 22 Coach of the Year. Walsh reached its only District 22 title game that year, and won a then-school record 29 games. Mead’s 1996 team also won 29 games and reached the MOC semifinals. Under Mead, the Cavs have qualified for post-season play in 16 of the last 25 seasons.
In 2002, Tim served on the staff of the NAIA team that toured Czechoslovakia as an assistant to Sam Riggleman. He was inducted into the Greater Stark County Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2005, he concluded a seven-year term as an officer of the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association. In May 2006 he was inducted into the Allegany County (NY) Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Tim recently completed his term as an officer for the American Baseball Coaches Association Executive Committee and is currently on the Board of Directors.
The Cavs’ outstanding facilities are a direct result of Mead’s fund raising efforts. The diamond features a new scoreboard, batting cage, press box and refurbished dugouts. Mead is currently completing fundraising efforts to complete further stadium upgrades. Due to a generous gift from the Biery Family, the Cavs clubhouse and 60 stadium seats have been added.
A native of Andover, N.Y., Mead built a solid reputation on the field, earning letters in both soccer and baseball. Mead continued his excellence after enrolling at Walsh. He was a three-time All-MOC selection in soccer and was twice named All-District 22. The Cavs’ captain also received All-Ohio and Area IV honors. Mead was a pitcher on the diamond and was elected to the Walsh Wall of Fame in 1983.
Mead completed his 29th season as Walsh’s head soccer coach in the fall of 2010. The all-time leader in coaching victories (306), Tim was selected conference Coach of the Year six times and was tabbed Ohio Coach of the Year in 1993. His 1993 and 1994 teams won back-to-back MOC crowns and the 1993 team made Walsh’s first and only NAIA National Soccer Championship appearance.
Mead graduated from Walsh (‘81) with a degree in English and secondary education. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Akron in 1982. He and his wife Cindy, a stand-out athlete at Walsh in volleyball and softball, and also a member of the Walsh Wall of Fame, reside in North Canton. The Meads have three lovely daughters, Amanda, Alexandria and Jacqueline and a son, Jacob Avery.