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Don Shaly
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Don ShalyWhile the majority of his accolades came at the collegiate ranks, Don Schaly began his legendary coaching career at Midview High School as the head baseball coach from 1961-63. During his time with the Middies, he also assisted with the football team and taught as a member of the Math and Science Department.

Schaly, a native of Ellwood City, Pa., left Midview following the 1962-63 school year and spent the next four decades building the Marietta College into the best NCAA Division III baseball program in the nation.

The 1959 graduate of Marietta College played baseball and football for the Pioneers. He returned to his alma mater in 1964 and never left, guiding his teams to three NCAA Division III National Championships and seven National Runner-up finishes. He won 18 Mideast Regional Championships and 27 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. Schaly never had a losing season in his baseball coaching career.

The legendary coach humbly accepted an impressive collection of coaching awards during his career. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in 1995 and the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Schaly was named the National Coach of the Year four times (1975, 1981, 1983, and 1986) and in 2000 Collegiate Baseball named him the Division III Coach of the Century. Schaly was also awarded the OAC’s Coach of the Year 17 times and the Mideast Regional Coach of the year 21 times.

Schaly’s final record at Marietta was 1,442-329, but Schaly’s role in the Marietta College Athletics Department extended far beyond the duties of head baseball coach. He was an assistant football coach for 17 years and served as an assistant athletics director for more than 20 years. Schaly also played a primary role in the formation of the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Schaly passed away from a short battle with cancer in 2005. He is survived by his wife Sue and four sons John, Jim, Joe and Jeff, who are all actively involved in sports at the college level.

 

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