Todd Eastin begins his 12th year as the Director of Athletics and Fitness at South Mountain Community College in the 2021-22 academic year.
Over the past decade, seven of SMCC's nine Athletic teams have qualified for postseason play. During this time period, SMCC has won regional championships in men’s basketball (2010-11, 2015-16), softball (2011), women’s volleyball (2018), men’s golf (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and baseball (2014).
Since the 2010-11 academic year, four of the athletic programs have qualified for NJCAA National Tournaments, with the Men’s Golf program winning five NJCAA Division II National Championships (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019).
In each of the last six years, the student-athlete cumulative GPA at SMCC has equaled or exceeded 3.20, while achieving a 33-year high at SMCC in 2012-13 with 3.35. As an Athletic Department, the Cougars' annual fundraising for 2011 to 2016 averaged $100,000, but this total was topped in 2014 with $130,040.
The 2022 season will represent Eastin’s 19th as the Head Baseball Coach at South Mountain Community College. He has compiled a 650-373 record in his 18 years leading the Cougars. Eastin became the head baseball coach at SMCC In June 2003.
Eastin received the ABCA Region 1 Coach of the Year honors twice (2005 and 2014) and the NJCAA Western District Coach of the Year (2005). In his tenure at the helm of the program, the team has been honored as an NJCAA All-Academic Team in 16 of those seasons, posting a cumulative GPA well over 3.0 in each academic year.
Before taking over the head position, Eastin was the pitching coach at SMCC from 1999 to 2003. During his 23 years at South Mountain, he has coached 67 professionally drafted players (48 in last 17 years) and 229 of his players (192 in the last 18 years) have received scholarships to four-year colleges and universities.
In 15 of his 18 seasons, Coach Eastin’s teams have been nationally ranked by the NJCAA. The Cougars' highest national ranking was a fourth place finish in the 2005 JUCO World Series. In his first year at the helm, the Cougars finished with a 26-win improvement (37) over the previous season (11).
The program set a new school record with 48 wins in 2005, eclipsing the previous mark of 43. Coach Eastin’s teams have averaged 37 wins per season, including two Region I Division I championships, two District Tournament appearances and one NJCAA National Championship appearance.
Eastin was born and raised in southern California, attending Walnut High School in Walnut, CA. He moved to Phoenix after graduating high school and became an All-Conference and All-Region catcher at South Mountain Community College in 1994 and 1995.
Eastin was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 1994 draft. He then went on to play at NCAA Division I McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. He graduated from McNeese with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 1997.
He returned to Phoenix in 1997, and in the fall of 1998 began serving as an assistant coach at SMCC, under head coach George Lopez. In 2002, Eastin completed an MBA degree from Arizona State University.