John Vodenlich took over as head baseball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004 and has established a program with a record of on-field success that ranks with any college or university in the country. His teams have won two Division III national championships. The UWW Athletic Department has established a record of achievement that is literally unprecedented. In 2014 UWW swept the triple crown of men’s sports with national championships in football, basketball, and baseball. It was the first time that has happened at any level of college competition. Add a 2014 women’s gymnastics national championship and you have an astonishing achievement.
Many young baseball players grow up with visions of playing at a Division I school or in Major League Baseball. Baseball humility sets in early for most parents and their kids who have to come to terms with unrealistic expectations.
But why should a baseball dream be derailed by anything like the boiler room mentality of Division I sports? Vodenlich granted an interview with WillCountyBaseball.org and explained why he offers more than a first class baseball experience to his players. Whitewater is an outstanding educational institution with facilities that rank with any Division I program. We talked about the role of places like Whitewater; and Coach Vodenlich offered priceless advice to young players seeking a college baseball experience.
UWW Head Baseball Coach John Vodenlich talks about D3 opportunties and advice for young student athletes:
You can read more about The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Baseball Program here: UWW Baseball.
You can read more about The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Athletic Department here: UWW Athletics.
You can read Coach Vodenlich’s bio here: UWW Coaching Staff.
FOX Sports Wisconsin Sep 5, 2014
“We recruit Division I athletes that, for whatever reason, haven’t gotten the perfect deal at a reputable D-I program, and we say there’s nothing you can’t do at Whitewater.” – John Vodenlich