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
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
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