John Tschida
John Tschida
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 651-962-5922

John Tschida is regarded among the elite coaches in college softball. He begins his 20th season as head coach of the Tommies in the 2019-20 academic year.

In 2004 he became the first softball coach to win NCAA championships at two different schools. He reached 900 career victories in 2018, and coached his 1,000th college softball game in 2016.

Tschida has been voted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was one of four coaches inducted in December 2016, bringing the elite Hall membership at the time to 73. In addition, John Tschida and his staff have been named the 2014, 2016 and 2019 Division III Midwest Regional Coaches of the Year by the NFCA. Those three teams built a combined 120-24 record.

A two-time National Coach of the Year, Tschida has been named MIAC Coach of the Year 13 of his 25 seasons at St. Mary's and UST. His Tommie teams have won 93 percent of their games against conference opponents.

In 25 years of college coaching, Tschida has won three national championships and became the winningest Division III coach, active or retired, (winning percentage, .842) with a 974-183 record. That includes 129 postseason victories (85 in NCAA playoffs) at his two schools. He's one of just 30 active NCAA softball coaches to reach 900 victories.

His Tommie teams have won 16 of 19 MIAC regular-season titles and 14 of 16 conference playoff crowns, including a 47-6 all-time record in the conference playoffs. They have won 35 or more games in each of the last 16 seasons. He now has 766 wins in his first 19 seasons with UST.

Tschida guided St. Thomas to a 44-9 record in a school-record 53 contests in 2014 and a third-place NCAA finish out of 405 Division III programs. UST was in the top 25 rankings all season, and closed at No. 3. The Toms won 11 postseason games, including six elimination games. UST went 24-1 against conference opponents. It swept the MIAC regular-season and playoff championships in 2014 for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.

Despite having five freshmen in their starting lineup, the 2016 Tommies made a return trip to the eight-team nationals and tied for seventh place.

In 2017, the Toms won their last nine games to take the conference title. His 2018 Tommies swept the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles, and had a 37-3 stretch before finishing 39-8 and falling one victory shy of another trip to the eight-team national finals.

The 2019 Tommies swept the MIAC regular-season and playoff titles and returned to the eight-team national tournament en route to a 43-7 finish. That team climbed as high as No. 3 in the national top-25 poll.

In the last 16 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 107-39 postseason record.
  • A 47-6 mark in the MIAC playoffs.
  • An overall record of 661-115 (.850 win %).

He guided St. Mary's to the 2000 NCAA Division III championship is his sixth season at his alma mater, and then took the 2004 Tommies to NCAA gold in his fourth 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.

Tschida's team have been nationally ranked each season, and in the last 22 seasons have posted a 477-33 record (.956 win %) in conference regular-season play.

In 19 seasons at St. Thomas, his teams have swept 184 conference twinbills, split 23, and were swept just three times, and in all games vs. conference opponents are 329-35 (.904 win %). His UST players have earned 35 NCAA All-America honors, 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, and more than 100 first-team All-MIAC 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 two different countries to coach their national teams in the 2008 Olympics Games.


John Tschida Year-By-Year

Year----Overall-------MIAC (Place)

2001----35-9----------20-2 (tie 1st)

2002----38-9----------21-1 (1st)

2003----32-6----------20-2 (2nd)

2004----46-4----------22-0 (1st)

2005----43-6----------21-1 (1st)

2006----48-4----------21-1 (1st)

2007----42-4----------22-0 (1st)

2008----42-5----------22-0 (1st)

2009----40-6----------20-2 (2nd)

2010----40-8----------21-1 (1st)

2011----41-7----------22-0 (1st)

2012----37-9----------21-1 (1st)

2013----41-7----------20-0 (1st)

2014----44-9----------21-1 (1st)

2015---35-12---------16-6 (tie 3rd)

2016----43-8----------20-2 (1st)

2017----37-11--------18-4 (1st)

2018----39-8----------20-2 (1st)

2019----43-7----------19-3 (1st)

Totals/766-139 (.846)---387-29 (.930)