Todd Interdonato, Wofford Terriers

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Todd Interdonato, Wofford Terriers head coach, is in his 11th season as the leader of the Southern Conference member. He was named head coach of the Terriers on June 26, 2007 after previously serving for two seasons as an assistant coach at Wofford. With 251 career wins, he is first all-time among Wofford baseball coaches in that category.

Over the past four seasons, Interdonato has led the program to unprecedented success. In 2014, the overall record of 32-28 was the first winning record since 1992 and the first in the Division I era at Wofford. That was followed by a 39-22 record in 2015, the most wins in school history, and a 30-28 mark in 2016. It also marked the first back-to-back-to-back winning seasons in school history. The team posted a 13-10 mark in Southern Conference play in 2015 and a 13-11 mark in 2017, the first winning records ever in league play. In both 2014 and 2015, the Terriers reached the SoCon Tournament semifinals. Wofford led the nation in total stolen bases in both 2014 and 2015.

Last season the Terriers won 28 games, the seventh straight season with 20 or more wins. In the Southern Conference, the 13-11 mark was just the second winning season in league play. The team picked up series wins over Furman, UNCG, Samford, East Tennessee State, and The Citadel, while avoiding being swept in a league series. Six players earned All-Southern Conference recognition following the season, with first baseman Brett Hash on the first team. Catcher Carson Waln, outfielder McClain Bradley, and designated hitter Cody Miller picked up second team honors, while Brett Rodriguez and Matt Ellmyer earned spots on the All-Freshman Team. The team finished in the top five in eleven categories in the Wofford single season records, including strikeouts per nine innings (first) and RBIs (second). Pitcher Spencer Kulman signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres following the season. Twenty players were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and McClain Bradley was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

During the 2016 season, Wofford won 30 games, marking the third straight year with 30 or more wins. The team was 12-12 in the Southern Conference, just the second .500 or better mark in league play for the Terriers. The Terriers had series wins over The Citadel, VMI and ETSU. Pitchers Matthew Milburn and Will Stillman, along with shortstop Derek Hirsch, earned second team All-Southern Conference honors. Among conference leaders, Wofford was first in stolen bases, second in fielding percentage, second in triples and fifth in walks received. The team set a new school record for fielding percentage (.972). Following the season, Will Stillman was selected in the 6th round and Matthew Milburn was picked in the 29th round on the MLB Draft. Stillman was the highest draft choice from Wofford since 1983. Academically, 22 players were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and Derek Hirsch and Alec Paradowski earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition.

In 2015, the 39-22 overall record marked the most wins in school history. In the Southern Conference, Wofford was 13-10 with series wins over VMI, The Citadel, Samford, UNCG, and Furman. The Terriers third place finish in the SoCon standings was the highest in school history. Wofford opened the 2015 Southern Conference Baseball Championship with a win over #6 seed Furman, eliminated Furman and advanced to the semifinals for the second straight season before falling to #2 seed Samford.

The Terriers led the nation in stolen bases with 138, were second in stolen bases per game with 2.26, ranked 13th in on base percentage and 15th in batting average. Wofford set new school records in four team categories, including walks received, fielding percentage, strikeouts (503) and sacrifice flies. Senior first baseman Conor Clancey was named a Louisville Slugger second team All-American, while senior designated hitter Matt Ramsay earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Clancey, Ramsay, pitcher Will Stillman, pitcher Matt Milburn, and outfielder James Plaisted were named All-Southern Conference. In addition, pitcher Adam Scott, outfielder Kody Ruedisili and designated hitter Matt Ramsay earner All-Southern Conference Tournament honors. Following the season, pitchers Luke Leftwich (7th round/Phillies) and Will Stillman (29th round/Red Sox) were selected in the MLB Draft. In addition, 22 players were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

In 2014, Interdonato led the team to 32 wins and the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. Overall, the Terriers were 32-28 overall. They were 12-14 in the league to finish tied for fifth place and had series wins over Georgia Southern, The Citadel, UNCG, and Samford. The twelve conference wins were the second-most in school history. The Terriers led the nation in stolen bases with 153, stolen bases per game with 2.55, and were 21st in home runs. On the season, Wofford set new school records in six team categories, including walks received, fielding percentage, and strikeouts.

Interdonato played his first two collegiate seasons at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. He then received a baseball scholarship to UNC Asheville. He was a co-captain in the 2000 season when he batted .320 with six home runs and a team-best 38 RBIs. He was named a Big South Conference Player of the Week in March 2000. A first baseman/outfielder, Interdonato also saw action on the mound. He had over 25 appearances as a starter and reliever in each of his two campaigns with the Bulldogs.

After graduating from UNC Asheville, Interdonato signed a professional contract with the Evansville (Ind.) Otters of the Frontier League.

About the author, Bill

Bill Ballew has been involved with collegiate and professional baseball since 1983. He has been the Atlanta correspondent for Baseball America since 1991 and has served as the editorial content manager for Baseball The Magazine for more than five years. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).