Coaching Staff

  • In his fourth season at UIS
  • Helped UIS to its best season in program history last season with a 47-9 record
  • An assistant coach at Lincoln College for three years before coming to UIS

Levi Petzoldt
Assistant Coach

Levi Petzoldt is in his fourth season as a member of the University of Illinois Springfield baseball coaching staff in 2019. His primary responsibilities include scouting, serving as the assistant pitching coach, and other administrative duties.

In his first three years at UIS, the Prairie Stars have a record of 108-53. The pitching staffs have three of the top-five ERA marks in program history, and three of the top-four opponent batting average and most strikeouts per inning marks. Petzoldt has helped seven pitchers earn all-GLVC honors, including three first-team pitchers.

Last season, Petzoldt was part of the UIS coaching staff that led UIS to its best season in program history. The Prairie Stars went 47-9, won the GLVC East Division Championship, hosted the NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals, and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country.

Five pitchers earned all-GLVC honors, including three first-team members. UIS led the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.80), and led the conference in ERA (3.16), strikeouts per nine innings (10.0), strikeouts-to-walk ratio (2.28), and WHIP (1.24).

In 2017, the UIS staff ranked sixth in the GLVC in ERA (4.84), fourth in strikeouts (341), third in opponent batting average (.272), and second in doubles allowed (72). Two pitchers that season were all-GLVC selections.

In his first season as assisting with the pitchers in 2016, the Prairie Stars ranked seventh in the conference in ERA while leading the league in opposing batting average, holding opponents to a mere .257 average, allowing the second fewest hits in the league. Additionally, the pitching staff ranked second in the league in strikeouts, tallying 379 on the season.

Petzoldt comes to UIS from his alma mater, Lincoln College, after spending the 2012-2014 seasons as an assistant coach. His duties included recruiting and developing position players. Before his time on the Lincoln staff, Petzoldt served as the Head Coach for the eighth grade American Legion team in Jackson, Mo., and as an assistant coach at Perryville High School.

A pitcher in college, Petzoldt spent two years at Lincoln College before transferring to Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

A native of Jackson, Mo., Petzoldt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with a concentration in History from Fontbonne University. Petzoldt has a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in European History from American Public University.

  • In his second season at UIS
  • Helped UIS to its best season in program history last season with a 47-9 record
  • Head coach at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School for 15 years

Ron Wojcicki
Assistant Coach

Ron Wojcicki is in his second season as an assistant coach for the University of Illinois Springfield baseball team in 2019. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Wojcicki is a lifelong baseball coach and administrator.

Wojcicki earned a bachelor's degree in music from MacMurray College and a Master's degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Wojcicki taught at New Berlin High School for seven years (1974-1981) before moving to Springfield Griffin/Sacred Heart-Griffin High School for the next 19 years (1981-2000). He was the band director for ten years, followed by being the Director of Development for nine years. During that time, he was also the head baseball coach for 15 years.

During his tenure at Griffin and SHG, Wojcicki won the Class AA state baseball championship in 1987, defeating the defending state champion, Barrington High School. Wojcicki then led the Cyclones to two more state tournament appearances. He coached one player who appeared in the majors, and nine others who played professional baseball.

Wojcicki retired from the UIS Office of Advancement in June of 2016 and was a volunteer assistant at MacMurray College in 2016-17.

Wojcicki and his wife Karen have been married for 40 years, and have two children and two grandchildren.