Charles Thielmann – Assistant Coach/Recruitment Coordinator – Baseball Coaches
Stevens Institute of Technology Baseball Head Coach Kristaps Aldins announced the addition of Charles Thielmann to the Ducks coaching staff on November 28, 2017.
During his freshman year at Castle Point, Thielmann helped Stevens win his first Empire 8 regular season championship in program history. The Ducks finished the season with a 26-17 overall record, a 15-3 conference record, and finished 5th in the NCAA regional rankings in New York. The coaching staff was recognized as the Empire 8 Baseball Coaching Staff of the Year.
Academically and off the field, Stevens’ baseball team also thrived. The team was named the Empire 8 All-Academic Team in each of its first two seasons and was also recognized for several consecutive years with the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award.
In the fall of 2020, Thielmann was named field manager for Northwoods League summer powerhouse Fon du Lac Dock Spiders. The Dock Spiders have won the Wisconsin-Illinois Northwoods League Pod Championship two of the last three seasons, including winning the title in a big way in 2020 with a 14-3 win over the La Crosse Loggers in the title game. Thielmann returns to the Dock Spiders in the role of field manager after spending the inaugural 2017 season with the team under longtime head coach Zac Charbonneau as pitching coach.
Volunteering in the Hoboken community and beyond has been a big part of Stevens Baseball’s experience during Thielmann’s tenure. Baseball has participated in many initiatives including the Stevens’ Duckling Program, Mile City Mentor, Hoboken Baseball Special Olympics, The Hoboken Boys & Girls Club, and Hoboken Night Out.
On the diamond in 2018, Thielmann assembled a talented pitching team led by Danny Poidomani ’19, Quinn DiPasquale ’18 and Charlie Ruegger ’19. Poidomani became Stevens’ first-ever placement in the prestigious Cape Cod League with the Harwich Mariners and proceeded to a banner summer. The southpaw finished his campaign with the fourth-lowest batting average in the league and went 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 23.0 innings. Cape Town is widely regarded as the nation’s best college baseball summer experience at any level of baseball. Shortly after the 2018 season ended, DiPasquale signed with the Gary Southshore Rail Cats of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Later that summer, DiPasquale joined the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League and finished his first summer as a professional baseball player with a 2-1 record, 4.78 ERA over 26.1 innings on the job. Meanwhile, Ruegger heard his name called during the New York Yankees’ freshman draft. Ruegger was selected in the 33rd round (997th overall) and was assigned to the Tampa Yankees of the Gulf Coast League (A). Ruegger was 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA and had 2 saves and 7 strikeouts in 9.2 innings of work in his first season as a professional.
Thielmann also played a key role in integrating Rapsodo into the Stevens Baseball experience, helping usher in a modern, data-driven approach to the Ducks daily training schedule. Thanks, in large part, to Thielmann’s efforts, Stevens Baseball has been able to stay ahead of the game, providing our student-athletes with a truly transformative baseball coaching experience that helps them reach their maximum potential on the mound.
Prior to his season in the Northwoods League, Thielmann spent a season as the pitching coach of the Springfield Sliders of the Prospect Collegiate League. Under Thielmann’s leadership, the Sliders posted the second-best record in league history (39-20) and Thielmann served as pitching coach for the league’s All-Star Game.
As a student-athlete himself, Thielmann posted a 24-9 record with a 2.69 ERA, 19 complete games and six saves in four seasons at Kean University. As a sophomore, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, while also garnering ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic Region and New Jersey Athletic Conference Second Team accolades. Thielmann received his bachelor’s degree from Kean in communications in 2016.