2010 - Manager/Coach
National Hall of Fame Member
Only three men's teams have won three consecutive Major Fast Pitch national titles, the Fort Wayne, IN Zollner Pistons, Pay 'n Pak of Seattle, WA and Frontier Casino Players of St. Joe, MO. Tom Wagner, a former third baseman and a two-time ASA All-American, managed the Pay 'n Pak team. Starting his managing career in 1979, Wagner's teams won five ASA national titles, including three in a row (1985-1987). Two other national titles were won under the sponsorship of Peterbilt Western in 1980 and 1982. Between 1979-1988, Wagner's teams won 917 games and lost 191 for a winning percentage of .827. In 10 ASA national championships Wagner's teams won 47 games and lost 10 for a winning percentage of .810. His teams played in four U.S. Olympic Festivals and won gold medals in three of them: 1981, 1983, and 1986. In 1981, his Peterbilt Western team won a gold medal in World Games One. In 1980, Wagner was a coach for the USA National Team, represented by McArdle Pontiac Cadillac of Midland, MI, which won a gold medal in the ISF World Championship that year in Tacoma, WA. In 1988, Wagner managed the USA National Team to a gold medal in the ISF World Championship in Saskatoon. In 1995, he was the head coach of the USA Pan American team and managed the team to a silver medal in the Pan American Games in Argentina, losing a 2-1 decision in the gold medal game to champion Canada. A year later, he led the USA National Team to a fourth place finish in the ISF World Championship in Midland, MI. In 1986, he was a nominee for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star of the Year. He also is a member of the Seattle ASA Hall of Fame. Wagner was born October 27, 1942 and ranks among the greatest managers in fast pitch history. Wagner was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 2002.