Russ Tiedemann
Russ Tiedemann
Organization: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Year: 1992 Inductee

Russ Tiedemann coached the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans from 1968-69 and 1971-88, building the program into a national power. He was at the helm for one national championship, 15 conference titles and more than 500 victories.

Tiedemann led UW-Oshkosh to 10 straight WIAC championships from 1979-88. He also guided the Titans to eight NCAA Div. III World Series appearances and three NAIA World Series visits.

In 1985, UW-Oshkosh became the first school from Wisconsin to win the NCAA Div. III Baseball World Series when it defeated Marietta College (Ohio), 11-6, in the championship game. The Titans captured the title by advancing through the loser's bracket after suffering a defeat in their opening game.

UW-Oshkosh concluded the 1985 season with a 37-3 record. Tiedemann, who recorded his 400th and 401st coaching victories at the World Series, was named NCAA Div. III Coach of the Year following his team's performance. He also was selected as the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1974.

Tiedemann concluded his 20-year baseball-coaching career at UW-Oshkosh with a 501-165-2 (.748) record.

In addition to UW-Oshkosh's 37-3 record in 1985, Tiedemann also coached the Titans to records of 37-5 in 1987, 29-4-1 in 1983, 31-4 in 1981 and 17-5 in 1975. His 1987 team and the 1988 squad that posted a 28-8 record finished second at the NCAA Div. III World Series.

Tiedemann saw 28 of his players sign professional baseball contracts, including Jim Gantner, who played 17 years for the Milwaukee Brewers, and other major leaguers Dorian Boyland, Terry Jorgensen, Dan Neumeier and Gary Varsho.

Tiedemann's accomplishments have led to inductions into the Halls of Fame for UW-Oshkosh (1978), the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (1983), the NAIA District 14 (1990) and the WIAC (2015).

In 2012, he was selected the WIAC Baseball All-Time Co-Coach in conjunction with the conference's Centennial Celebration.

Tiedemann, who served as UW-Oshkosh's director of athletics during the 1987-88 school year, was a letter winner for the Titans in football, basketball and track & field. The Kimberly High School graduate ended his UW-Oshkosh basketball career with 991 points and two all-conference awards.

Tiedemann earned a bachelor's degree in education from UW-Oshkosh (1955), master's degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado (1964) and doctorate in education from the University of Utah (1971).

Following his graduation from UW-Oshkosh, Tiedemann taught and coached at Hortonville High School from 1955-60 and Rhinelander High School from 1960-65. He then returned to UW-Oshkosh in 1965 to teach physical education classes and coach basketball, baseball and football.

UW-Oshkosh named its baseball field after Tiedemann on May 7, 1989.