Chad Tidwell joined the Lobo staff in the summer of 2007. Following the 2008 season, he was appointed pitching coach after having handled the primary recruiting duties. Prior to UNM, Tidwell was on the New Mexico State baseball staff as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Aggies.
In the 2009 season the Lobo pitching staff posted an ERA of 5.29, the lowest since 2006. Tidwell kept the Lobos five-year streak alive of having at least one pitcher on the All-Mountain West Conference team. John Hesketh was named All-MWC first-team and posted a 3.45 ERA with six wins and 70 strikeouts. Hesketh was drafted in the 20th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 First-Year Player Major League Baseball Draft. Lobo closer Cole White was the first pitcher from the 2009 roster to be taken in the draft, 6th round by the Kansas City Royals.
Tidwell brings plenty of baseball experience having played and coached at the University of Arkansas and at Northeast Texas Community College. He became the interim head coach in 1998, before being hired full-time as the head coach for NTCC.
During the 1999 season, Tidwell was the youngest head coach in college baseball, and led his team to six straight regional appearances. Tidwell posted a 222-124 record while he was the head coach for the Eagles. He was named 2003 Region XIV Coach of the Year. That year he posted a 42-13 record with NTCC.
Tidwell began his coaching career as a student assistant under former Arkansas head coach Norm DeBriyn. DeBriyn, a legend at Arkansas, coached there for 33 years with over 1,000 wins and led the team to five World Series appearances.
Tidwell also has administrative experience to offer the Lobo baseball staff, as he served as the Athletic Director at Northeast Texas for four years.
Tidwell began his college career at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, where he pitched for two years and compiled a 19-5 record. He also was selected to the all-conference team in 1993 and 1994 and voted to the Texas-New Mexico All-Star team in 1994.
Tidwell then moved on to play at Arkansas for his final two years. With the Razorbacks, he threw his way to a 13-2 record and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic Team during his senior year. Tidwell also was awarded the George Dickey Award his senior year. That award is given to two seniors that represent the leadership, talent and commitment exemplified by the Dickeys during their career.
He attended Belton High School in Belton, Texas, where he was raised. In high school, he was a four-year letterman in baseball and football. He was a member of the all-district teams in both sports for three years. When he graduated from Belton High School in 1992, he was awarded a pitching scholarship to McLennan Community College.
Tidwell, 36, and his wife, Shannon, have two sons, Maddox, 7, and Crew, 4 and one daughter, Grayson, 18 months.