Athletic Hall of Fame

Danny Schmitz

Danny Schmitz

Sport(s): Baseball

Graduating Class: 1979

Induction Class: 2005

Was one of the outstanding baseball players in Eastern Michigan University history, earning four letters from 1974-77...Played second base for two teams that went to the NCAA College World Series, including the 1976 team that was the runner-up to national champion Arizona and the 1975 squad that was fifth in the nation...Named to the NCAA College World Series All-Star team in 1976...Earned All-Mid-American Conference honorable mention in 1976...Led EMU in runs scored in 1976 and 1977 and in stolen bases in 1977...Finished second on the 1977 team in hitting with a .339 average...Served the 1977 baseball squad as a co-captain...Played on a United States All-Star Team in the summer of 1976...Finished his EMU career with a .294 batting average and a .975 fielding percentage...Chosen in the 20th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees and played eight seasons of minor league baseball...Coached in the minor leagues for three years and led his Visalia (Calif.) team to the Northern Division pennant in 1986...Spent the 1988-90 seasons as an assistant coach at EMU before being named head coach at Bowling Green State University in 1990...Is now serving his 16th season as BGSU's head baseball coach where he has a 409-362-4 record and has led the Falcons to four MAC East Division titles, two MAC Tournament championships and two NCAA regional berths...Has more wins than any coach in BGSU history.

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