J. Donald "Don" Schaly, Class of 1959
Hall of Fame Baseball Coach, Educator, and Mentor
J. Donald "Don" Schaly graduated with Dean's List honors from Marietta College in 1959 with a degree in Mathematics and having lettered for the legendary Don Drumm for four years on the baseball team and two on the football team. Returning to his alma mater in 1963, he launched a career that would span four decades, include Hall of Fame credentials for his coaching and enduring respect and appreciation for his skill in athletic administration and education as well.
By the time "Coach" called it quits in 2003, his 'Etta Express baseball teams amassed 1,442 victories giving him an .814 winning percentage and ranking him as the winningest baseball coach in the NCAA, (all divisions). Working tirelessly to build and maintain the program, Don ended up guiding his teams to three NCAA Division III National Championships, seven National Runner-up finishes, eighteen Mideast Regional titles and twenty-seven Ohio Athletic Conference crowns including thirteen straight from 1990-2002.
Individual honors came his way as well with induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995 following four National Coach of the Year awards and Coach of the Century recognition from the publication, Collegiate Baseball. Seventeen times the OAC Coach of the Year and Mideast Regional Coach of the year on twenty-one occasions, he was inducted into the Marietta College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
For all that, Don was especially dedicated to his players and their academic and personal development as much as to their athletic achievements as student-athletes. Over his forty-year career, he coached more than 600 Pioneers with thirty-nine going on to reach the professional level including major leaguers Kent Tekulve '69, Jim Tracy '78, Terry Mulholland '85, Duane Theiss '87 and Matt DeSalvo '03.
Don passed away on March 9, 2005 and in 2006 Pioneer Park was re-named Don Schaly Stadium in his memory.Don passed away on March 9, 2005 and in 2006 Pioneer Park was re-named Don Schaly Stadium in his memory.