Tony Stoecklin assumed the SIUE head coaching duties in July 2012. The 2013 season marks Tony's 14th as a member of the Cougar coaching staff.
Stoecklin previously served as the Associate Head Coach and has long been responsible for the pitching staff. He also has handled most of the recruiting duties for several seasons.
Stoecklin oversaw a pitching staff that finished with a 5.98 earned run average in 2012. The 5.98 put SIUE just percentage points from being in the top five in the Ohio Valley Conference for the second consecutive year. The Cougars had a 5.07 ERA in 2011, which would have ranked fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference.
In 2012 Stoecklin oversaw senior Dustin Quattrocchi’s transition to full-time closer. Quattrocchi finished his senior season with a 5-1 record and a 0.66 earned run average. His 12 saves were second in the Ohio Valley Conference, and he finished tied for ninth with five wins ‑ the most of any reliever in the league. Quattrocchi compiled 47 strikeouts in 41 innings while walking only five and allowing only 21 hits. He became SIUE’s first All-American, in any sport, since the move to Division I. He was selected to third team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was an honorable mention selection by Collegebaseballinsider.com. Quattrocchi played professionally with Joliet of the Frontier League, marking the 17th pitcher that has signed a professional contract after leaving the SIUE pitching staff since Stoecklin began coaching.
Stoecklin helped starter Spencer Patton to one of the finest single seasons in school history in 2011. He finished 9-3 with a team-best 2.55 earned run average. The nine wins were the third-most in a single season in school history. He also became the fourth pitcher in school history to record at least 100 strikeouts in a season, fanning 109 hitters, the second-most in a single season in SIUE history. Patton was awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove as chosen by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was the only Division I pitcher chosen.
Following the season, Patton was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 first year player draft, Patton began his professional career at the rookie level, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Stoecklin also began his career as a professional.
In its final two seasons as a Division II program, SIUE ranked among the top two in earned run average among NCAA Division II schools. SIUE finished second in 2007 with a 2.51 ERA. In 2006, the Cougars also were No. 1 in the nation with a school-record 2.09 earned run average. SIUE’s pitching staff also set a national record for shutouts with 21.
Stoecklin’s coaching talents have produced one Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, one GLVC Pitcher of the Year, one GLVC Freshman of the Year, four All-Americans, 10 All-Region pitchers, and 14 All-Conference pitchers. The list includes Division II All-American Kyle Jones, who set an NCAA Division II record in 2006 with 54 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
As a player, Stoecklin was a member of the 1991 Cougar team which advanced to the NCAA World Series. He threw a no-hitter against Truman State that season and compiled an 8-5 record. In 1992, Stoecklin started 13 games and went 6-4 with a 4.42 earned run average. He was selected in the 23rd round by Atlanta in the 1992 amateur draft and spent three years in the Braves' minor league system.
While at Single A in Idaho Falls, Stoecklin went 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA and struck out 51 batters in 44 2/3 innings pitched. He was named Organization Player of the Month in August 1993. In 1994, Stoecklin played High A ball in Durham, N.C. He finished the season 4-4 with a 4.36 ERA and 55 strikeouts. In 1995, Stoecklin signed with the Bend Bandits of the Western Baseball League (WBL). He led the league, in 1997, with 51 appearances. In 1998, he recorded a career-high 13 saves and earned a spot on the WBL All-Star team. Stoecklin then spent two seasons with the Chico Heat in the WBL. He had a strong 1999 season, posting a career best 2.20 ERA out of the bullpen. Stoecklin also tied a personal high with six victories and tied a WBL record by appearing in eight of the nine playoff games for the Heat, posting a 1.93 ERA.
The left-hander ranks ninth all-time in WBL victories with 22 and appeared in more games (228) than any pitcher in league history.
Stoecklin, a Roxana native, received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at SIUE in 2003.
Career Playing Statistics at SIUE
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT 1992.... .000 14-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0 TOTAL... .000 14-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-0 Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 1991.... 3.64 8-5 13 13 3 2/0 0 73.0 64 45 38 52 50 1992.... 3.40 6-4 13 13 3 0/0 0 72.0 61 41 35 34 35 TOTAL... 3.52 14-9 26 26 6 2/0 0 145.0 125 86 73 86 85