Former Catamount to Coach for NCAA Baseball National Championship tonight
Kevin Schnall, a 1997 graduate of Potomac State College is currently the assistant baseball coach at Coastal Carolina University, who will tonight face the University of Arizona for the NCAA World Series Championship.
Schnall previously coached 12 years at Coastal from 2000-2012, making 12 trips to the NCAAs. As a Coastal player, he hit .409 in 1999 with seven homers, 48 RBIs and was Big South Player of the Year. He had a Minor League stint with the Reds. He also was on the Central Florida staff for two years before returning to Coastal three years ago to become Associate Head Coach.
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.With his return to Coastal Carolina, where he will coach the catchers and head recruiting, Schnall is also the heir apparent to the head coach job when long-time head coach Gary Gilmore, whose current contract ends in 2020, retires.
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.