John Tschida – 2017
- John Tschida is regarded among the elite coaches in college softball. He begins his 17th season as head coach of the Tommies in the 2016-17 academic year:
- In 2004 he became the 1st softball coach to win NCAA championships at 2 different schools.
- He reached 800 career victories in 2015, and coached his 1000th college softball game in 2016.
- He is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
- Tschida and his staff were named Division III Midwest Regional Coaches of the Year by the NFCA for the 2nd time in 3 years in 2016. He's been named NFCA Division III National Coach of the Year twice.
- In the last 13 seasons alone, Tschida has guided the Tommies to:
- Six College World Series trips (eight-team nationals)
- NCAA crowns in 2004 and 2005; second at nationals in 2006; a third place in 2014
- An overall 88-31 postseason record
- A 38-4 mark in the MIAC playoffs
- In 2000, Tschida led St. Mary’s to the NCAA Division III championship in his 6th season at his alma mater, and then took the 2004 Tommies to NCAA gold in his 4th season at St. Thomas. Tschida's 2005 team won 32 of its last 33 games to close 43-6 and repeat as NCAA champions. He was again awarded National Coach of the Year honors.
- A respected clinician and speaker, Tschida travels the country and the world to promote fastpitch softball and educate fellow coaches on fine points of training and competition. Due to time commitments away from St. Thomas, he turned down invitations by 2 different countries to coach their national teams in the 2008 Olympics Games.
"John will show you tons of pitching drills that are creative and effective and that have nothing to do with your