After a standout career for the McPherson High Bullpups and McPherson American Legion, Totman helped lead Butler County Community College to an 80-27 record as the starting shortstop. Totman played for the Grizzlies in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. The 1992 team posted a school best record of 48-11.
From Butler, he went on to become one of the best players in Texas Tech University history. As a junior, he hit .374 with 37 RBI's and was named consensus All-Southwest Conference at second base. His senior year, he led the Southwest Conference in hitting with a .435 average and was again named All-Southwest Conference and All American. His .435 mark still ranks as the second highest ever at Tech.
In his senior year, 1995, he helped lead Tech to the SWC Tournament Championship earning the Tournament MVP title. His numbers from that season still rank in the top 10 at Texas Tech for doubles, runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and walks.
Totman also continues to rank in the top 10 in several career categories at Tech including batting average, doubles and triples, even though he only played two years.
Following his college career, Totman was drafted and signed with the San Diego Padres. He played two seasons in the Class A Midwest League for the Clinton (IA) Lumber Kings. He compiled a .285 batting average at Clinton, but had career ending back surgery in 1996. The highlight of his pro career was hitting 5 doubles in one game.