Tollison won the award from the Positive Coaching Alliance-Dallas as the athletic director for the Episcopal School of Dallas.
"David is known for his attention to detail, emphasis on fundamentals and instilling a sense of confidence in each and every player," group executive director Barry Smink said in announcing the award. "He exemplifies the core values that he teaches: trust, teamwork, motivation, sportsmanship, character, and how to become a better person in the long run."
Tollison started his coaching career, and teaching those core values, shortly after leaving his first professional career, baseball. Tollison ultimately spent six seasons in pro ball, making it to AA, but no higher.
Tollison's baseball career began in 1990, taken by the Blue Jays in the sixth round of the draft, out of the University of Texas.
With the Blue Jays, Tollison started at short-season St. Catharines, hitting .214 over 42 games. He also hit two home runs and knocked in 14.
He moved to high-A Dunedin for 1991, improving his average to .241, hitting another two home runs with 37 RBI. For 1992, Tollison moved up to AA Knoxville, but he hit just .226. It was his last year in affiliated ball.
From there, Tollison played in independent ball, signing on with Duluth-Superior of the Northern League. He hit .240 over 71 games there.
He played two more seasons in independent ball, both for Rio Grande Valley, of the Texas-Louisiana League. He hit .281 and then .308 to end his career.
Since then, Tollison has gone on to be a high school teacher, coach and athletic director. He joined Episcopal in 1998. He was named athletic director in 2006.
- Abilene Reporter-News, April 23, 2006: Ex-Cougar Tollison rises to new duties
- ESDallas.org, May 4, 2011: Athletic Director Wins North Texas Double-Goal Coach Award
Made the Majors: 703 - 55.2%
Never Made Majors: 570-44.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 302
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 179