Former Berry Baseball Coach to Join ABCA Hall of Fame

Former Berry Baseball Coach to Join ABCA Hall of Fame

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Berry College baseball head coach, John Schaly, is set to be inducted to the 2018 class of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame.

With his election, he and his late father, Don Schaly, become just the second father-son combination to be inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame, along with Paul and Demie Mainieri.

Schaly and the rest of the 2018 honorees will be inducted at the 2018 ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet on Jan. 5th during the annual ABCA Convention at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

His first collegiate head coaching job was at Berry where he coached from 1988-91 and started the revitalized baseball program. His record at Berry was 155-91 (.630). Three times, he led the Vikings to the NAIA playoffs. Schaly never won fewer than 35 games in a season during his time as a Vikings and claimed one district title.

He then spent six years (1992-97) as the head coach at St. Leo University. His 1996 team advanced to the NCAA Div. II playoffs, and Schaly was recognized as the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year. 

He is now entering his 21st season as head coach at Ashland University and in 30 years as a collegiate head coach, Schaly is the owner of a 1,089-604-7 (.641) career record through the 2017 season. Schaly is 726-386-4 (.651) at the helm for the Ashland Eagles. His teams have played in the NCAA postseason 14 times, winning four regional championships and making four trips to the NCAA Div. II College World Series, most recently in 2008. Ashland has won 40 or more games seven times under Schaly's direction.

Schaly's 2002 team won a school-record 48 games and was the first team in program history to win an NCAA Div. II World Series game. The top 12 single-season win totals in Ashland history have been recorded by Schaly-coached teams.

The six-time conference coach of the year has also been recognized as an ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year on four occasions.

During his career, Schaly has coached 28 players who have played professional baseball.

He was a two-time All-American second baseman for the Etta Express. In 1981, he was named the Most Valuable Player at the NCAA Division III World Series as Marietta won its first National Championship. Schaly was inducted into the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Schaly earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Marietta in 1982 and his master's degree in physical education/administration from Iowa State University in 1984. He is a 36-year Lifetime ABCA member and currently serves on the American Baseball Coaches Association Board of Directors. Schaly was the president of the ABCA in 2012. He previously served on the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America & Coach of the Year Committee.

Joining Schaly in the 11-person 2018 ABCA Hall of Fame class are Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's University (New York); Hill Denson, Belhaven University (Mississippi); Don Freeman, Prairie High School (Washington); Jim Gilligan, Lamar University (Texas); Tim Hill Sr., State College of Florida; Bobby Howard, Columbus High School (Georgia); Andy Lopez, University of Arizona; Stan Luketich, Desert Vista High School (Arizona); Pat McMahon, New York Yankees and Frank Permuy, Gaither High School (Florida).

Photo courtesy of Ashland Athletics