Tony Stoecklin was named the Assistant Athletic Director for Business Affairs after four seasons as the head coach of the SIUE baseball program.
The 2016 season was Stoecklin's fourth as the Cougars’ head coach and 17th as a member of the SIUE coaching staff. Before his time as the head coach, he served as the Associate Head Coach and an assistant coach.
As the head coach, Stoecklin guided the 2015 Cougars to their most successful OVC season to date. SIUE finished 19-11 to claim the third-best record in the league. The 19 wins set a program record for OVC wins and the third-place finish was the best conference finish since joining the league. SIUE finished with a 20-30 record overall.
The Cougars opened the 2015 Conference season with back-to-back series sweeps – a first for SIUE in OVC play. The Cougars won a program-best seven conference series, including three by sweep, which also was a program high.
As a pitching staff, the Cougars ranked fifth in the league in strikeouts in OVC play with 203. The staff combined for 125 walks which was the fifth lowest total in the league. SIUE’s 11 saves in OVC games were tied for the most in the league.
Stoecklin’s club also held its own defensively. With a .981 fielding percentage and just 22 errors committed in 30 OVC games, SIUE was the best defensive team in the league. In all games, the Cougars finished with a .967 fielding percentage, which was third in the OVC, while the 61 errors ranked second fewest in the league in all games.
Individually, Stoecklin mentored junior P.J. Schuster into one of the OVC’s top starting pitchers. Schuster began the year in the bullpen, making four relief appearances before moving into the starting rotation. Schuster finished the year 8-3 to tie for the second-most wins in the league. Schuster’s 73 strikeouts were seventh-most in the OVC. He walked only 17 hitters in 79 innings. The 17 walks were the second fewest in the league among regular pitchers.
Freshman Dustin Woodcock became the third consecutive player to garner All-Freshman team honors in the OVC under Stoecklin, following in the footsteps of Skyler Geissinger (2013) and Keaton Wright (2014). Woodcock was second on the team with a .306 batting average while making 48 starts for SIUE. Woodcock added six home runs, nine doubles, a team-best four triples, and 28 RBIs. Woodcock also was selected as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
In 2014, Stoecklin led SIUE to its first ever-appearance in the OVC championship, before being eliminated by eventual-champion Jacksonville State. Stoecklin’s 2014 SIUE Cougars netted a five-game improvement in the win column, finishing 21-33 overall, however the Cougars excelled in conference action. SIUE finished tied for fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference standings at 16-14. The 16 wins were the most in program history at the time and the fourth-place finish also was the team’s best since joining the conference.
Stoecklin produced three all-OVC performers in Ryan Daniels (First-Team) Devin Caldwell (Second Team) and Keaton Wright (All-Freshman Team).
Caldwell, a senior in 2014, again showed impressive power, blasting a team-high 10 home runs. Caldwell’s 10 long balls ranked him fifth in the conference for total home runs. The Cottage Hills, Ill. native also collected 18 doubles, which were the second-most in the conference play. Wright led the conference in walks with 41 free passes in just 51 games, and was in the top five in on-base percentage in the conference.
Junior Ryan Daniels was the ace of the much-improved pitching staff and was near the top of the conference in several individual pitching categories. Stoecklin helped guide his ace to an unblemished 7-0 record, and Daniels tied for the OVC lead with four complete games. The right-hander was in the top five in the conference in wins, shutouts, opponent’s batting average, innings pitched, and complete games.
The complete staff engineered an improvement of nearly a run and a half on its conference earned run average. Cougar pitchers finished 6th in the OVC with a 5.09 ERA after finishing second to last the season before. Opponents’ batting average against Cougar pitchers dipped to .272 in 2014 from .307 in 2013. Opposing on-base percentage also dropped to just .354 from .384 a season earlier. SIUE achieved all of this despite missing All-OVC preseason pick Travis Felax, who missed the season due to injury.
The 2014 Cougars also enjoyed success in the field. SIUE finished third in the OVC with a .974 fielding percentage in OVC games, just .06 points off the league lead. The Cougars turned 31 double plays, the third-most in the league.
Stoecklin led the Cougars to a 16-35 record during the 2013 season, finishing tied for eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference. Stoecklin’s squad showed impressive power and a knack for getting on base. The Cougars ranked fifth in the conference in both homeruns and walks. Caldwell led the Cougars with 10 home runs. Senior outfielder Travis Becherer was a key cog in the SIUE running game, swiping 20 stolen bases, which was third in all of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Stoecklin’s pitching staff posted a 6.32 ERA in 2013. Junior Travis Felax led the staff. Felax, the Troy, Ill. native, had the second-lowest ERA in the conference at 2.26, and allowed hitters just a .253 batting average. Senior Tony Shaeffer compiled four saves, bolstering the SIUE bullpen.
The Cougars enjoyed a 7-1 record during an eight game stretch in late April through early May.
Stoecklin coached two all-conference performers in Felax and shortstop Skyler Geissinger. Felax garnered second team honors, while Geissinger was an OVC All-Freshman Team pick.
In 2012 Stoecklin oversaw a pitching staff that finished with a 5.98 earned run average. The 5.98 ERA 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 helped 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 guided 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, one member of the All-Ohio Valley Conference Freshman team, four All-Americans, 10 All-Region pitchers, and 15 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.
Stoecklin, a Roxana native, received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at SIUE in 2003. He and wife Angela reside in Hamel, Illinois.
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