Tim Bunton

Tim Bunton

Baseball Staff

Tim Bunton - Head Coach
Phone: 217-443-8551

E-Mail: tbunton@dacc.edu

Tim Bunton has served as Athletic Director since 2006-2007 after serving as an Assistant to the Athletic Director for eight years.  He served as interim Athletic Director in 2001-2002.  The St. Louis native also begins his twenty-second season as head baseball coach for the Jaguars.

Bunton came to Danville Area Community College in May of 1995 from Southwest Missouri State University (currently Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri.  He was asked to revive a baseball program that had been extinct for almost fourteen years.  His first year squad of 1996 finished with an overall record of 14-29 but that group of young men also laid the foundation of a very consistent and competitive program.  The Jaguars played for the Region 24 championship the following year in 1997 and finished with an overall record of 30-26.  The 1999 team won the Region 24 Championship with a record of 38-15 and that began a stretch of seven consecutive winning seasons (1999-2005) in which the Jaguars averaged 33 wins.  Bunton took a year off from the head coaching duties in 2010-2011 and from 2012 to the present the Jaguars have averaged 33 wins and have competed in three Region 24 Championships (2013, 2014, 2017).  He has an overall record at Danville of 617-483.  Bunton has had 219 sophomores in his twenty-one years and 188 of these sophomores have continued their education past Danville Area Community College (See list of schools below).  There have been two conference championships, a region championship, a National Player of the Year, 5 Gold Glove winners, seven All-Americans, eight National Academic Award Winners, 10 professional players, 82 All-Conference selections, and 56 All-Region 24 selections. 

Bunton served as an assistant coach at Missouri State University from 1991-1995.  He worked primarily with the infielders and had other game, practice, and administrative duties within the program.  He was also the coordinator of student employees at the 9,000 seat Hammons Student Center on the campus of Missouri State University.  The 1995 Bears team finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference and received an at large bid to the NCAA Division I West Regional in Fresno, California.

Bunton managed the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (Prospect League today) for seven summers from 1993-1999.  The Dans played for the league championship every year that Bunton was there and the 1994 team was the first in CICL history to win the first half, second half, overall, and tournament championships.  He managed twenty-five players that went on to compete professionally.  Bunton stepped down from the managerial post after winning the CICL championship in August of 1999 and then served as CICL Commissioner for two summers.

Bunton was a four year letterman at Missouri State from 1986-1990 and graduated with a degree in history.  He finished his playing days in 1990 as the Bears’ second baseman and team captain, where he hit .308 with 31 RBI.  He hit .306 as a sophomore and .364 as a junior for a career average of .311.  He played on three Mid-Continent Conference championship teams and was a member of the 1987 squad which was the first ever Missouri State team to compete in the NCAA Division I Tournament at Arizona State University.

Bunton and his wife Mary Ellen, who is a school teacher in Danville District 118, reside in Danville with their two boys, Andy and Joey.

Schools attended by Danville Area Community College baseball players after leaving Danville:

Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Austin Peay University - Clarksville, Tennessee

Ball State University - Muncie, Indiana

Bellarmine University - Louisville, Kentucky

Blackburn College - Carlinville, Illinois

Bradley University - Peoria, Illinois

Butler Universtiy - Indianapolis, Indiana

Culver-Stockton College - Canton, Missouri

Davenport University - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, Illinois

Grand Valley State - Allendale, Michigan                                   

Illinois State University - Normal, Illinois

Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University - Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Indiana University - Kokomo - Kokomo, Indiana

Indiana University Southeast - New Albany, Indiana

Indiana State University - Terre Haute, Indiana

Indiana Tech - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Kentucky Wesleyan University - Owensboro, Kentucky

Limestone College - Gaffney, South Carolina

Lindenwood University - St. Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University-Belleville - Belleville, Illinois

Lindsey Wilson College - Columbia, Kentucky

MacMurray College - Jacksonville, Illinois

Marian University - Indianapolis, Indiana

McPherson College - McPherson, Kansas

Missouri State University - Springfield, Missouri

Morehead State University - Morehead, Kentucky

Mount Mercy College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Northwood University - Midland, Michigan

Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, Illinois

Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana

Quincy University - Quincy, Illinois

St. Joseph College - Rensselaer, Indiana

Southeast Missouri State University - Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southern Illinois Univ.-Carbondale - Carbondale, Illinois

Southern Illinois Univ.-Edwardsville - Edwardsville, Illinois

Southern University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Southeast Missouri State University - Cape Girardeau, Missouri

University of Central Arkansas - Conway, Arkansas

University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio

University of Illinois - Champaign, Illinois

University of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, Indiana

University of Missouri-St. Louis - St. Louis, Missouri

University of NC-Greensboro - Greensboro, North Carolina

University of Saint Francis - Joliet, Illinois

University of San Francisco - San Francisco, California

University of Southern Indiana - Evansville, Indiana

University of Wisconsin-Parkside - Kenosha, Wisconsin

Wayne State College - Wayne, Nebraska

Webber International University - Babson Park, Florida

Western Illinois University - Macomb, Illinois


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