Baseball's Schoenig Earns Victory No. 600

Little Falls, NJ (4/18/08) – Montclair State head baseball coach Norm Schoenig reached another milestone in his outstanding career on Friday as the long-time Red Hawks skipper earned victory No. 600 as MSU edged local rival William Paterson University, 8-7 at Yogi Berra Stadium.

Schoenig is now 600-311-10 in his 21 st season at the helm of the program and has won more games than any other coach in the history of Montclair State Athletics.

Since taking over the program in 1988, Schoenig has led Montclair State to nearly 43 percent of the program’s victories in the 76 years of baseball. On Thursday, MSU downed New Jersey City University for its 1,400 th win. In addition to his overall mark, Schoenig has fashioned a 264-91-1 mark in NJAC play which includes five conference titles (1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001). He has also taken his team to the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including seven regional championships and the 1993 and 2000 Division III crowns.

A former player for Clary Anderson‘s Montclair State teams during the early 1970s and later as an assistant under Fred Hill, Schoenig knows plenty about the rich tradition of MSU Baseball. In fact, if you look around his office, you will see the plaques, trophies and pictures of Montclair’s past and present.

When he returned to Montclair State in 1988 as the 10 th head coach in the history of the program, Schoenig faced an uphill battle. Inheriting a team that had just won the NCAA title, it took Schoenig just three seasons to return to the World Series and by his sixth season, “Moose” delivered the Red Hawks their second baseball national championship when his band of players topped Wisconsin Oshkosh, 3-1, to win the 1993 crown. Five years later, he nearly pulled off another championship, but instead had to settle for second place.

Then in 2000, Schoenig guided his team to the greatest season Montclair State has ever seen in the 71-year history of the program. MSU won an unprecedented 42 of 50 games (42-7-1), setting the school record for victories while posting an amazing 17-1 mark in the highly competitive NJAC. His team would go on to capture the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional title and earn a berth to the Division III World Series. At the World Series, MSU would lose its first game; but taking his “one-game at a time” attitude, Schoenig’s squad rebounded with five straight wins, culminating with a 6-2 victory over St. Thomas (MN) to give the Red Hawks their third national championship. He would be named the ABCA Division III National Coach of the Year for the second time.

The following year, Montclair came very close to becoming the first team to repeat as national champions since 1979 as they placed third at the World Series.

Two years ago, Schoenig orchestrated one of the most improbable runs to the World Series as Montclair State won six games over a four-day span to capture the Boyertown, PA regional championship to advance to the World Series in Grand Chute, WI. Schoenig was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division II/III Co-Coach of the Year.

Schoenig became the all-time winningest coach in MSU history in 1997 as he surpassed Bill Dioguardi with his 291st victory in 6-3 win against Albright of Pennsylvania. Schoenig accomplished the feat in just 10 seasons, and in his 20 years he has amassed a 600-311-10 mark (an average of almost 30 wins per year). He has had seven 30-win seasons and currently ranks 37th on the Division III coaching leaders in terms of percentage (.683) and his victory total places him 29th.

Those numbers are perhaps more impressive when you look at his NJAC record of 264-91-1, a .747 winning percentage. That includes back-to-back 17-1 records in 2000 and 2001 and a 62-10 ledger from 1998-2001.

During his tenure, 18 of his players have been named All-Americans, with 16 Red Hawks signing professional contracts.

But Schoenig’s career reaches far beyond the wins and the losses. He is a self-described baseball man and has lent his talent and experience to several ventures. Schoenig served on the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee for several years and was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Baseball Coaches Association (2006).