UIS Baseball Camps

Coaching Staff

Ryan Copeland
Assistant Coach

Ryan Copeland joined the UIS staff in 2015 and his duties primarily include managing the Prairie Stars' pitching staff as well as other administrative duties associated with the program.

During his second season as part of the Prairie Stars staff, Copeland led the UIS staff to rank sixth in ERA (4.84), fourth in strikeouts (341), third in opponent batting average (.272), and second in doubles allowed (72). As recruiting coordinator, Copeland led the efforts to bring in three All-GLVC players: Cole Taylor, Myles Hann, and Ethan Howard.

In addition, Copeland also coached Adam Gregory --- who led the GLVC in wins (9) --- and Brayden Jensen, who as a freshman, went 7-0 with a 3.78 ERA and walked just 12 batters in 78.2 innings.

In his first season as the pitching coach, the Prairie Stars ranked seventh in the GLVC 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 Copeland led staff ranked second in the league in strikeouts, tallying 379 on the season.

Copeland comes to UIS after assisting his alma mater, Illinois State. With the Redbirds, Copeland managed pitchers during games as well as assisting with administrative duties. The Des Plaines native also served as the head coach of the Illinois Indians 18U travel team in the summer of 2014.

While a pitcher at Illinois State, Copeland was a four-year starter and letter-winner and a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference player at Illinois State. He finished his career as the all-time leader in innings pitched at ISU.

Upon graduating from ISU, Copeland was drafted in the 32nd round of 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher and spent three seasons with the organization, playing his final season with the Palm Beach Cardinals in 2012.

He finished his career with an 11-5 record, a 3.85 earned-run-average and 138 innings pitched. Copeland was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year in 2010 as well as an Appalachian League Post Season All-Star. He was also recognized by the Cardinals organization as a MiLB St. Louis Cardinals Organization All-Star (2010) and the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month (July 2011).

Copeland has coached three MLB draftees: Paul DeJong (3B, St. Louis Cardinals, 4th round), Will Headean (LHP, San Diego Padres, 13th round), Ryan Koziol (RHP, San Fransicso Giants, Free Agent). Under Copeland's watch, Jacob Hendren was named a 1st-Team All-MVC pitcher and Louisville Slugger 3rd-Team All-American.


Levi Petzoldt
Assistant Coach

Coach Petzoldt is in his second year on the staff at the University of Illinois Springfield. Petzoldt joined the UIS staff in 2015 and his primary responsibilities include scouting, serving as the assistant pitching coach, and other administrative duties.

In his first season as assisting with the pitchers, the Prairie Stars ranked seventh in the GLVC 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.

"I have been able to get to know Levi over the past two years as he was the assistant coach just up the road at Lincoln College," said Ramirez. "His experience coaching at the college level as well as the relationships he has developed though recruiting will be a valuable addition to our staff. Levi is a player's coach and very passionate about the game of baseball."

A pitcher in college, he 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.


Ron Wojcicki
Assistant Coach

Ron Wojcicki joined the UIS baseball staff in the fall of 2017.  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 then 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 HS. 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.