After spending the first 15 years of her coaching career between East Tennessee State University and various Northeast Tennessee area high schools, coach Toomey began her 22-year tenure at King in 1985. In 978 games, coach Toomey led her teams to victory an astounding 749 times and accumulated a career winning percentage of 76.6 percent. She led her teams to 15 conference championships, including 10 consecutive from 1997 to her final season in 2006.
Her teams went to 13 NAIA District tournaments and won three regional championships, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament in each year and were awarded the National Sportsmanship Award in 1999. In eight NCCAA Tournament appearances, her teams won six district championships.
Her athletes’ achievements over their careers are a true testament to the athletic, scholarly, and moral quality that coach Toomey welcomed into her program. Seventeen different student-athletes achieved All-American status over their careers, totaling 23 different All-American awards being handed out between the NCCAA and NAIA levels. Another 17 student-athletes garnered NCCAA or NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors between 1986 and 2006.
Forty different athletes earned 74 All-Conference accolades between the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and the Tennessee Valley Athletic Conference (TVAC), including 13 Player of the Year honors. Her student athletes accumulated 22 NAIA All-District, 24 All-Region, and 7 All-District awards, including Angela Montreuil , the National Libero of the Year in 2006.
Coach Toomey earned 21 different coaching accolades over her tenure. She was named NCCAA District Coach of the Year six times, is a 10-time Conference Coach of the Year, four-time NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year, and was named NAIA District 24 Coach of the Year once. In her 22 years at the helm, Coach Toomey never had a losing season and never finished a season any fewer than eight games above .500. She also had nine seasons with fewer than 10 total losses.
As King went through its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status, Toomey served as interim Director of Athletics, at the time overseeing 22 athletic teams and beginning the introduction of dance and cheer to its current total of 24. She also served as the Senior Woman Athletic Administrator (SWA) for the Athletic Department.
Her accomplishments are lengthy and many but the feeling of her influence that she continues to leave on King University, the world of higher education, and Christianity is a far better indicator of the impact she has left behind than any resume can ever capture.
In honor of Susie Toomey’s lasting legacy at King, in 2015 the Female Athlete of the Year was renamed the Susie Toomey Female Athlete of the Year.