Todd Rima is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Kirkwood Eagles baseball program. Rima has 594 career wins and has led the Eagles to a 236-134 record in seven seasons. Last year's team finished with an overall record of 33-20 losing to Northeast Community College, 7-4, in the losers bracket final and finished third at the regional tournament in 2019.
Last season, the Eagles landed four players on the All-Region teams, led by First Team recipients Taylor Jackson and Zion Pettigrew. The Eagles also took great pride in the classroom and had 4 Academic All-Americans.
Under Rima, the Eagles have put an emphasis on player development and placement. Last year, the Eagles had 13 players commit to D1 schools, and a total of 18 players move onto 4-year schools. The Eagles had two more freshmen commit to power 5 schools this fall. That makes 5 freshmen to commit to power-5 schools in the last 3 years. Levi Usher – Louisville, Austin Krob – TCU, Izaya Fullard – Iowa, Austin Miller – Ole Miss, and Lorenzo Elion – Iowa.
Rima has also coached players that have gone on to have professional careers. Former Eagles Shane Kemp and Angel Merced played professional baseball with the Pittsburg Pirates and San Francisco Giants, respectively. Additionally, shortstop Korry Howell was recently drafted in the 12th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in this year's MLB Draft. Howell is currently the 22nd ranked player in the Brewers organization.
Prior to Kirkwood, Rima spent 11 years as the head baseball coach at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. Before coaching at NIACC, Rima was an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa, which is also where he played his collegiate baseball, spending three years at UNI and helping guide the Panthers to their first Division I regional tournament.
Rima graduated from Northern Iowa in 1999 with a degree in physical education. He and his wife, Molly, have three children, Jalen, Bailey, and Payton. They currently reside in Cedar Rapids.