Todd Winterfeldt '80 - JMU Baseball 



     Despite being inducted in to the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame, and a member of the 1976 JMU Baseball team that finished second in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Tournament, Todd still strives for success. He is far more interested in supporting rising young athletes than reliving his past. One memory that Todd is very proud of is JMU's trip to the NCAA tournament. "It brought some notoriety to JMU and its baseball program, putting us on the map so to speak," he recalled. Winterfeldt finished his JMU career ranked in the top ten in career batting average (.371), triples (16), and stolen bases (56). He was then drafted by the Cubs after his junior season and retired in 1981 in AAA with the New York Mets' organization.

     Todd's journey has been influenced by many individuals over the years. Dr. Ronald Carrier, JMU's president during Todd's collegiate years, provided many lessons in leadership and compassion while sitting in the dugout with the team during games. "Looking back, you see the things you learned but may not have realized until later in life," he recalls. Todd's college coach, Brad Babcock, instilled the importance of work ethic and its foundation for both team and individual. Winterfeldt's parents also played an integral part by providing him with a model of integrity and honesty throughout his life. Due to his parent's love for the game, Todd grew up idolizing Willie Mays and the New York Mets.

     Winterfeldt values education and made the decision to come back to finish his degree while still pursuing a professional career. "With an education, you may have many options, and a degree is critical. It gives you a step up in life; you never know how the athletic side will turn out," he said. Todd believes that much can be learned from your attitude and how you approach what life throws your way. There are two options in these situations, react positively or negatively. He credits his time at JMU as being influential in his development. "At JMU, I came in a dependent kid and left an adult who was capable of making my own decisions." He attributes a lot of his maturation to his professors and the athletic director at the time, Dean Ehlers.

     Currently, Todd is the co-owner of Marketing Support Solutions in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marketing Support Solutions has worked with corporations such as Sony Erickson and AT&T to introduce new product lines. Despite his success in baseball and his current career, Todd has managed to keep a humble demeanor and live his life by this mantra, "Abuse of power, manipulation, and lost integrity occur whenever a person's level of authority (perceived or actual) exceeds the quality of their character." In an effort to stay connected to his passion for baseball, Todd decided to coach little league while his sons were growing up and still works on occasion as an umpire. In his downtime, Todd loves to travel around the country with his family. Todd Winterfeldt is a perfect example of what JMU student-athletes should strive to accomplish and his legacy will continue to live on to through the people he has touched over the years.