Educator, coach, mentor
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
John Tschida has been coaching fastpitch softball in the competitive MIAC conference since 1991, and he is regarded among the elite coaches in college softball. He coached for six years at Saint Mary’s, guiding the team to five consecutive postseason appearances and an NCAA Division III national championship title in 2000.
In 2004 (at the University of St. Thomas) he became the first softball coach to win NCAA championships at two different schools. Tschida is also a two-time NFCA Division III Coach of the Year and is the winningest Division III fastpitch coach, active or retired. He has been the MIAC coach of the year eight times, has multiple MIAC championships, and each of his teams has been ranked nationally.
An impressive and well-respected coach and mentor, Tschida has had hundreds of student athletes who have proudly called him “coach.” He was an active student at Saint Mary’s and a four-year letter-winner for the baseball team. He is a member of the SMU Sports Hall of Fame as both a player and coach.