Paul Stevens is in his 27th season as Northwestern's head baseball coach and 30th overall in a Wildcat uniform. He is the winningest coach in program history, having amassed nearly 650 career wins.
Win No. 600 came on March 4, 2012 in the Wildcats' 14-6 victory over Chicago State in Port Charlotte, Fla.
After leading NU to its best-ever finish in Big Ten play (21-11) in 2006, Stevens entered the Big Ten's postseason tournament with 499 wins. Following a first-round bye and a loss to Ohio State, the second-seeded Wildcats defeated sixth-seeded Purdue 8-4, giving Stevens his illustrious 500th win. Stevens had tallied his 400th win at the beginning of the 2003 season, when the Wildcats defeated Southern Mississippi 5-1 on Feb. 22.
im Stoddard, the only man in history who earned World Series and NCAA Championship rings as an athlete, is in his 21st season with the Wildcats coaching staff. He works primarily with the pitchers.
With an already impressive list of Hall of Fame inductions already under his belt -- including the College Basketball Hall of Fame -- Stoddard was honored by the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in January of 2006 and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March of 2011. Stoddard enjoyed an unbelievable baseball career and has won a championship on every level of competitive baseball he has ever played.
As NU's pitching coach, the Wildcats have claimed two Big Ten ERA titles, the most recent in 2003. The Wildcat pitching staff had the lowest ERA in both overall and conference games. NU ended 2003 with a 3.61 conference ERA and a 3.99 overall ERA.
Jon Mikrut is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He works primarily with the team's infielders and hitters and is the PROGRAM'S recruiting coordinator.
Mikrut was a standout as both a shortstop and a pitcher during his time at NU, including earning third-team All-Big Ten accolades as an infielder during his sophomore season. His name can be found littered across the Northwestern career RECORD BOOK as he ranks first all-time in at-bats (788), second in games played (212) and saves (16), third in triples (11) and total bases (365), fourth in doubles (44) and sixth in hits (233).
A native of Wauconda, Ill., Mikrut was voted by his teammates as Co-Freshman of Year in 2002 and hit a team-best .317 the following year during his All-Big Ten campaign. Doubling as the team's closer, his 16 career saves came over his first three seasons in a Wildcat uniform.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Joe Keenan is in his 27th year as a Wildcat coach. As a volunteer assistant, Keenan works mainly with the catchers and outfielders. Since Keenan joined the staff in 1988, seven of his Wildcat catchers have been drafted -- Tom Dodge (Angels; 1990), Joe Perona (Tigers; 1991), Brett Wyngarden (Astros; 1992), Brian Fuller (Tigers; 1995), Joe Hietpas (Mets; 2001), Dan Pohlman (Diamondbacks; 2004) and Chad Noble (Cubs, 2010). An eighth, Doug Murray, was signed by Houston as a free agent in 1996.
Keenan was a standout catcher for three years at Notre Dame (1968-70), earning team MVP honors his final year. He was later named the Chicago College Player of the Year by the Old Timers Baseball Association. A Park Ridge, Ill., native, Keenan graduated from Notre Dame in 1970 with a bachelor's Degree in communication arts. He spent two years (1971-72) in the Cleveland Indians' minor league system.
Keenan, 63, returned to school to earn his Juris Doctorate, graduating from DePaul University in 1977. He and his wife, Sally, have two children: Katharine and Joseph.