Overview

Montclair State University's Baseball program is part of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The team plays its home games at Yogi Berra Stadium, home of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

For more information about Montclair State's Baseball team, visit montclairathletics.com.

News and Updates

Former head baseball coach Norm Schoenig led Montclair State to its greatest achievements during a storied 26-year career. On Tuesday, Schoenig received one of his own as the all-time winningest coach in program history was elected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class for 2017.

Schoenig will be inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame on January 6, 2017 at the organization's national convention in Anaheim, CA. He is the second MSU baseball mentor to be elected joining Fred Hill, who was enshrined in 2015. Induction to the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the organization. The ABCA was founded in 1945 and the Hall of Fame began in 1966.

Schoenig guided the Montclair State baseball program from 1988-2013 putting together one of the best coaching careers in University history. In over a quarter century pacing the dugouts of Pittser Field and Yogi Berra Stadium, Schoenig fashioned a career record of 724-409-11; his victory total second only to current head softball coach Anita Kubicka (829 victories) while his winning percentage of .637 currently ranks among the Top 30 active coaches in Division III.

Known to many as "Moose", Schoenig has led the Red Hawks to two of its three NCAA Division III national championships capturing the title in 1993 and 2000. He has guided MSU to a runner-up finish in 1998, a third-place showing in 2001 and has taken his team to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship seven times overall.

In addition, Schoenig led the Red Hawks to five New Jersey Athletic Conference titles and joined William Paterson's Jeff Albies as the only baseball coaches in league history to win 300 conference contests, reaching that mark in Montclair State's 8-3 win over Richard Stockton during the 2012 campaign. His conference record stands at 315-135-1.

During his tenure, 18 of his players have been named All-Americans, with 15 Red Hawks signing professional contracts. But Schoenig's career reaches far beyond the wins and the losses. 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.

As a player for Clary Anderson's Montclair State teams during the early 1970s and later as an assistant under Fred Hill, Schoenig knows everything about the rich tradition of MSU Baseball.

When he returned to Montclair State in 1988 as the 10th 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, delivered the Red Hawks their second baseball national championship when the team topped Wisconsin Oshkosh, 3-1, to win the 1993 crown.

Five years later, he nearly pulled off another championship, but instead settled for a runner-up finish. It would be the beginning of the most successful run in the history of the program. From 1998-2001, the Red Hawks posted an amazing 143-47-1 overall record, a .751 winning percentage that also included a 62-10 mark in the highly competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference.

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 a 17-1 mark in 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. The following year, Montclair finished third at the World Series. Schoenig, a two-time NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, became the all-time winningest coach in MSU history in 1997 surpassing Bill Dioguardi, with his 291st victory in 6-3 win against Albright of Pennsylvania. Schoenig accomplished the feat in just 10 seasons and has had eight 30-win seasons during his tenure. Schoenig entered 2014 at No. 20 on the all-time wins list in Division III history.

In 2011, Schoenig was inducted into the Montclair State Athletics Hall of Fame and is one of three coaches to be inducted while still actively coaching. He joined current head football coach Rick Giancola and Kubicka for that distinction.


Contacts

Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Stacy Albanese
albaneses@montclair.edu
973-655-5465

Director of Development, Athletics
Beth Gottung
gottungb@montclair.edu
973-655-3654

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