In the pecking order of organized baseball, Division III college teams receive relatively little attention. Consequently, one of the all-time winningest coaches in Division III can go unnoticed. Tim Pettorini has been head coach at Wooster College for 36 years. During his tenure, the Scots have won 17 North Coast Athletic Conference championships, 10 since 2002.
Pettorini is one of only 10 Division III baseball coaches to win 1,000 or more games, and he is long past that milestone with 1,173 victories and a 73.1 winning percentage, among the top 10 all-time in Division III. Along the way, Pettorini has taken Wooster to 24 Division III Championship Tournaments, reaching the eight-team finals five times and finishing as national runnerup twice.
A native of Columbus, Pettorini earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bowling Green, where he was a four-year starter in the outfield and earned All-MAC recognition. He was good enough to be drafted after his senior seasons in high school (Phillies) and college (Padres) but declined to sign, opting to pursue a career in coaching instead.