Tim Stoddard, the only man in history who earned World Series and NCAA Championship rings as an athlete, is in his 21st season with the Wildcats coaching staff. He works primarily with the pitchers.
With an already impressive list of Hall of Fame inductions already under his belt -- including the College Basketball Hall of Fame -- Stoddard was honored by the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in January of 2006 and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March of 2011. Stoddard enjoyed an unbelievable baseball career and has won a championship on every level of competitive baseball he has ever played.
As NU's pitching coach, the Wildcats have claimed two Big Ten ERA titles, the most recent in 2003. The Wildcat pitching staff had the lowest ERA in both overall and conference games. NU ended 2003 with a 3.61 conference ERA and a 3.99 overall ERA.
NU claimed its first Big Ten ERA title in 1995 with a 3.08 ERA in conference games. In addition, 12 of his pitchers have been selected in the MLB free agent draft--the most recent were George Kontos and Dan Brauer in 2006. Kontos was chosen in the fifth round by the New York Yankees and Brauer was taken in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Lefty J.A. Happ was selected in 2004 and is NU's only three-time first-team All-Big Ten recipient in school history. He was a third-round choice of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Stoddard pitched in the major leagues from 1975-88. He played with the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees. Working mostly in relief, Stoddard compiled a 41-35-career record with a 3.95 ERA, 582 strikeouts and 76 saves in 485 games. The right-hander played in the 1979 World Series with the Orioles and was the winning pitcher in Game 4. He also was a member of the 1983 World Champion Orioles and 1984 National League East champion Cubs.
Stoddard attended North Carolina State from 1971-75, playing baseball and basketball. He was a starting forward for the Wolfpack's 1974 NCAA championship basketball team, and also helped N.C. State win consecutive ACC baseball titles from 1973-75. Prior to his collegiate days, Stoddard was part of Washington High School's Indiana state championship team (29-0) in 1971.
Stoddard, 61, resides in Rolling Meadows, Ill. with his wife, Jane. He has three daughters: Laura, Anne and Ellen, and three grandchildren.