Ashland University head baseball coach John Schaly participated in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions last Saturday (June 29). Schaly's late father, Don, was part of the 2013 Hall of Fame induction class. John Schaly participated in the induction ceremonies throughout the weekend.
Don Schaly was the head coach at Marietta College and built an NCAA Division III dynasty. In his career, Don Schaly put together a record of 1,442-329. John Schaly played second base for his father and earned All-America honors in 1981 and 1982. He was most valuable player at the 1981 NCAA Division III World Series. John Schaly was named the most valuable player at the 1981 World Series.
Marietta won three NCAA Division III national championships under Don Schaly and finished as the national runner-up seven times. Under Don Schaly, Marietta won 18 regional championships and 27 Ohio Athletic Conference crowns. At one point, Marietta won 13 straight OAC championships.
Don Schaly was named the national coach of the year four times. He was named the Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball.
The younger Schaly is on the verge of joining his father as a member of the 1,000-win club. John Schaly, who has coached at AU since 1998, will begin the 2014 season with an overall record of 974-507-1 (26 years). John Schaly has led the Eagles to the NCAA Division II World Series four times. In 2013, AU advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the 12th time in his AU tenure. At Ashland, John Schaly is 611-295-1. The Eagles have never finished below .500 with John Schaly in the dugouot.
Numerous members of the Schaly family, including John Schaly's mother, Sue, attended the Hall of Fame celebration in Lubbock, Texas. In addition to Don Schaly, the other members of the Hall of Fame class included Arizona State third baseman Sal Bando, Oklahoma State pitcher Tom Borland, Grambling State second baseman Ralph Garr, Tampa first baseman Tino Martinez, USC shortstop Roy Smalley and John Winkin, who coached at Colby, Maine and Husson.
"He built a great legacy and that will be something to remember for many years to come and as a family we're very proud of everything he did," said John Schaly in remembering his father.
(The National College Baseball Hall of Fame contributed to this release.)