Chad Tuescher has provided a steady hand on the Warrior bench, helping Winona State reach the NCAA Regional Tournament during his tenure. Tuescher is entering his ninth year with the program in 2017. The Warriors have posted an impressive 335-108 record in his seven seasons, including the team’s first ever trip to the NCAA Divison II World Series.
In his first season on the Warrior bench, Tuescher helped guide the Warriors to 50 wins for the first time in school history. The team went 50-13 on the year, including a 20-6 mark in the NSIC, and defended its NSIC Tournament title. The Warriors swept through the NCAA Central Region Tournament on their home field and capped their 14 game win streak with two more victories over Mesa State in the NCAA Super Region Tournament to claim the first regional title in program history. The Warriors also advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series for the first time and claimed its first ever World Series victory, a 2-1 win over Le Moyne.
Winona State recorded a 38-14 mark in 2010, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. Mollie Bjelland was selected as a first-team All-American while Bjelland and pitcher Courtney Strang were named to the Daktronics All-Region team. Five Warriors were named all-conference players on the year.
Tuescher helped lead WSU to another NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 2011, posting a 37-13 overall mark. Bjelland, Molly Link and Kathy Crudo were named All-Americans while Link earned NSIC Player and Newcomer of the Year awards.
The 2012 season saw Tuescher help tutor All-Americans Molly Link, Stacey Struzynski and Kim Wachholder as the Warriors went 44-12 and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Postseason success continued in 2013, with the team recording a 37-13 overall mark and advancing to the NCAA Super Regional Tournament. The Warriors knocked off No. 2 Southeastern Oklahoma State in the opening round of NCAA postseason action and added two more wins over Minnesota State to move on to Super Regional play.
In 2014, Tuescher not only helped guide the Warriors back to the NCAA Regional, but also to an NSIC/US Bank Tournament Championship as well. Winona State finished the year 48-9 and hosted the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Warriors picked up two wins in the NCAA Regional, with a 3-2 win over Southern Arkansas and a 5-4 win over Missouri Western State.
Tuescher helped pace the Warriors to another strong season in 2015, finishing the year with a 48-14 record and an NSIC/US Bank Tournament victory for the second-straight year. The Warriors swept the NSIC Tournament in four games, picking up a 4-2 win over Sioux Falls, a 2-0 win over Minnesota State, and back-to-back wins over Augustana 6-4 and 4-1.
2016 saw the Warriors go 35-17 and finish sixth in the NSIC with a 17-10 record.
Tuescher has helped tutor 43 Warriors to All-NSIC honors. The team also has had 11 NSIC All-Tournament selections and 18 All-Region honorees.
Prior to arriving at Winona State, Tuescher spent 12 seasons coaching at Verona (WI) Area High School. He was an assistant at the school for eight years before spending four seasons as head coach. As Verona’s head coach, Tuescher guided the Wildcats to an impressive 71-16 mark, which included a runner-up finish in 2008 in the WIAA Division I State Softball Tournament. Tuescher led the Wildcats to four consecutive appearances in the state tournament to go along with three Southern Badger Conference championships.
In his 12 seasons in Verona, as both an assistant and head coach, Tuescher led the school to 11 conference titles and nine state tournament appearances.
Tuescher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broad Field Social Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1995. Along with his coaching duties, Tuescher is an academic advisor in the Warrior Club Student-Athlete Success Center.
One of the best pitchers in program history, Cyndy Jones rejoined the Winona State coaching ranks in 2011 and works with the Warrior pitching staff.
She is not a stranger to the Warrior program, having served as an assistant coach for the Warriors from 2002-08. In those nine years Jones helped lead the Warriors to three NSIC Championships.
Jones helped Winona State win the first NSIC Championship in program history in 2003. The Warriors went on to win the league crown in 2005 and 2007 as well. Jones coached Stephanie Fritch in 2003, Jenny Stannis in 2005 and 2007 and Kristen Fossell in 2008 to all-NSIC first team honors. She also tutored Fritch and Fossell to NSIC Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher awards in 2003 and 2008, respectively.
Jones led a pitching staff in 2012 that posted a 1.97 ERA, led by All-American Stacey Struzynski. Struzynski went 24-8 on the year with a 1.16 ERA. Three different pitchers won at least seven games on the season. Struzynski was named the NSIC and Central Region’s Pitcher of the Year under Jones’ tutelage.
Strong pitching from sophomore Ashley Walker helped lead the Warriors to the NCAA Super Regional in 2013. Walker went 20-4 with a 2.87 ERA on the season and threw complete games against ranked opponents Southeastern Oklahoma State and Minnesota State to help the Warriors reach Super Regional action. Walker ended the season as an all-region selection.
In 2015, Jones coached junior pitcher Hanna Lythberg to Central Region First Team accolades from both the AFCA and Daktronics as well as all-NSIC First Team accolades. Lythberg went 23-8 with a 1.46 ERA on the season and threw four complete game shutouts while striking out 160 batters.
Cyndy (Schubbe) Jones is one of the most decorated players in Winona State history. She was the NSIC Pitcher of the Year in both 2001 and 2002 while being named to the all-conference team three consecutive years from 2000 to 2002. She was an all-region selection in 2002. Jones earned NSIC Tournament Most Outstanding Pitcher honors as a freshman in 1999 after leading the Warriors to the conference tournament title.
Jones was inducted into the Winona State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate, Jones was named the Winona State Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002. She graduated with a degree in nursing in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2010 from Winona State. In addition to her coaching duties Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing Department at Winona State.
Jones lives in Winona with her husband Greg and their two children Carson and Piper.
Graduate Assistant Coach
York is entering her first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Warriors for the 2016-2017 season.
She is a native of Crystal Lake, IL where she coached for The Lake County Fastpitch Travel team in the summers of 2013, 2014, and 2015.
York is a 2016 graduate of Minnesota State University- Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn., earning an undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education while minoring in coaching. While at Moorhead she played Softball from 2012-15 starting every game as a catcher (168) in her four years. She was named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team in 2015 hitting .407 and leading the conference in runners thrown out stealing (12) during conference play.
York is currently in the process of earning a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Winona State.