JASON TOTMAN NAMED TO 2020 RED RAIDER HALL OF FAME
One of the more prolific baseball and basketball players in the history of the McPherson Bullpup programs, Jason Totman, was bestowed a new, prestigious honor Thursday when he was named as a 2020 inductee to the Texas Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Totman will be one of seven highly decorated new members joining the Red Raider Hall of Fame as announced by the Double T Varsity Club.
Among the others to be honored along with Totman will be the dynamic football duo of quarterback Graham Harrell and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, national champion discus thrower D’Andra Carter, golfer Brook Lowrance, basketball player Ronald Ross, and standout volleyball player Chris Martin.
Rodney Allison, executive director of the Double T Varsity Club noted, “This is arguably one of the best classes we’ve inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame. You can look at each of these inductees and fairly say they were among the top players we have had in each of their respective sports. We look forward to formally inducting this class into the Hall of Fame.”
When asked about his first thoughts after being told he was going into the Red Raider Hall of Fame, Totman said, “I thought it was pretty cool. It was exciting to be recognized, especially since their Hall of Fame begins with nomination from my peers, former Red Raider athletes.”
Due to concerns for the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Tech has not formally set an induction date for the 2020 class. The athletics department will announce its induction plans once they are finalized later in the fall.
Before his Hall of Fame career at Texas Tech, Totman may be best known as a starter for the 1991 McPherson High School State Championship basketball team that many say could’ve been the best in school history due to the four other players besides Totman who also enjoyed highly successful collegiate careers such as Bryan Vincent, Brian Henson, Ryan Herrs and Jonathon Coachman.
Besides his success with basketball and baseball as a Bullpup, one must remember that Totman still holds the school record for longest field goal when he kicked a 54-yarder.
After playing those large roles in the early 1990’s for the Bullpup basketball and baseball programs, Totman moved on to become a leader in the infield for Butler County Community College when he helped push them to a school best record of 48-11 in the 1993 season before moving on to play two seasons at Texas Tech.
Totman becomes the 20th member of the Red Raider baseball program to be inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame after he helped lead the Red Raiders to a school record 51 wins in 1995 and both the Southwest Conference regular season and tournament titles.
Playing second base under legendary coach Larry Hays, Totman was instrumental in helping establish an already rising program into one of the top programs in the country as the Red Raiders posted a combined record of 91-31 in the two seasons he played for Texas Tech.
In our chat with Totman, he noted that right after the announcement was made he received a phone call from his former coach Larry Hays and that the coach told him, ‘that team we had in 1995 was one of the school’s greatest teams and if they had the college playoff system now back then, I think our Red Raiders would’ve won the whole thing. Congratulations’.
As one of 15 Red Raiders to earn the honor of first-team All-American, Totman did so in 1995 after hitting .435 and leading the team with 24 doubles. His .435 batting average, along with his .560 on-base percentage that same season still ranks as the second-best numbers for a single season by any Red Raider.
Totman earned his All-American honors from both Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA while also gaining ABCA First-Team All-Region.
After helping to lead the Red Raiders to the 1995 Southwest Conference Tournament Championship, Totman became the only Red Raider to win the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
For his career, Totman remains second on the Red Raider’s career batting list with a .407 average, hammered out 36 doubles and nine triples while also holding two of the top three marks for hitting in a season by a Texas Tech second baseman in school history.
Following his playing career at Texas Tech, Totman was drafted in the seventh round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres, marking the highest a Red Raider infielder had ever been selected in school history at the time. Totman spent two years in the Padre organization before injuries took their toll.
Looking back at his career playing baseball and even basketball as a Bullpup, Totman gave credit to his successes in his concluding comments about the Hall of Fame honor when he added, “I had some great coaches that gave me the opportunities to play and sometimes those opportunities are few and far between to take advantage of. Both McPherson and Butler County were big steppingstones for me as I never sat on the bench and always had the opportunity to play. Those opportunities along with working hard and knowing what I had for goals pushed me to find that success, plus I learned a lesson from Steve Henson when he would return to McPherson while he was in college or the NBA and play some pick-up games of basketball with us – he reminded us that we always must know that someone may be better going forward so we needed to continue to work hard to get better.”
Now a sales associate for Zimmer Medical in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Totman is married to former Lady Red Raider and Hall of Fame golfer Stacey (Kolb) Totman. The Totman’s have two daughters ages 19 and 15.
The Totman’s as a couple become the first husband-wife duo of former Red Raider student-athletes to be inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame. Stacy Totman was a three-time All-Conference golfer at Texas Tech from 1993-95 and coached the golf team for 10 years before they moved to Arizona.
Jason’s parents, Linda and Don Totman still reside in McPherson and his grandfather was the late Larry Gayer.