Schnall to be inducted into the Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame
Kevin Schnall, Class of 1997, is in his third season serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The 2014 Knights finished in second-place in the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular season and had seven players on the all-AAC teams. Schnall also has helped bring in a pair of recruiting classes that were nationally-ranked by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America. The 2015 Knights are preseason nationally ranked No. 22 by Baseball America.
Schnall began his coaching career at Coastal Carolina more than 13 years ago. During his time there, the team progressed to the Super Regionals in 2008 and 2010 and played in the NCAA Tournament 11 out of 12 seasons. However, Schnall’s accomplishments aren’t limited to coaching.
While a player at PSC, Schnall served as a catcher for the 1996 and 1997 seasons and was named All-Region XX for both seasons. In 1997, his batting average was .420 and he earned 56 RBIs leading the Catamounts to a 30-8 record.
After leaving Potomac State, Schnall moved to Coastal Carolina for the 1997-98 season, where he became the Chanticleers starting catcher. His batting average was .308 and he drove in 33 runs, setting school records for putouts of 362 and assists of 58; thereby, leading the Chanticleers to their first winning season since 1994 and securing a berth in the Big South Tournament Championship game.
According to Coastal Carolina’s Baseball page, “In 1999, Schnall produced one of the most memorable single seasons in Coastal Carolina history. He became just the second Chanticleer in Big South history to bat over. 400 in a season (.405), was named Big South Player of the Year and led the Chants to a 43-15 record, the program's best mark since 1983. Schnall slugged seven home runs and collected 48 RBIs, but his most significant contribution was his patience at the batter's box where he struck out just 19 times all season and set a school record for on-base percentage (.515). He finished his career as an NCBWA second team All-American and was a finalist for the Rotary Smith National Player of the Year award.”
Schnall was recruited by the Cincinnati Reds as a 25th-round pick in 1999. He played two seasons in the Reds farm system then retired from pro baseball after the 2000 season. He has also been attributed with developing several players who have gone on to play for professional teams like the Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Schnall and his wife, Megan, have two daughters, Sydney and Fallon, and a son, Jayden.