|Organization:||Montclair State University (NJ)|
A Red Hawk through and through, Norm Schoenig spent 26 seasons at the helm of his alma mater's baseball program, Montclair State. Schoenig took the reins at MSU in 1988 as the 10th head coach in program history following in the footsteps of his former coach, Clary Anderson, and one of his mentors, ABCA Hall of Fame inductee Fred Hill.
Schoenig continued the rich tradition of Montclair State's successful coaches, leading the Red Hawks to seven NCAA Div. III Championship appearances and two national titles during his tenure. MSU won its first national championship under Schoenig in 1993, his sixth year guiding the Red Hawks. Five years later, MSU finished as national runner-up in a season that started the Red Hawks' most successful run in program history.
From 1998-2001, Montclair State posted a record of 143-47-1 (.751 winning percentage) and went 62-10 during that time in New Jersey Athletic Conference play. That span included the 2000 season, in which Schoenig led MSU to its best season in program history going 42-7-1 and winning 17 of 18 NJAC games. Ultimately, the Red Hawks won the school's third national title that season and second under Schoenig. The following season, the Red Hawks went on to finish third in the 2001 NCAA Div. III World Series.
The two-time ABCA/Diamond NCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year retired with a career record of 724-409-11. His .637 winning percentage at the time of retirement ranked in the top 30 among active NCAA Div. III coaches and he is the all-time winningest coach in Montclair State baseball history. Schoenig is also one of just two coaches in NJAC league history to win 300 conference games and led MSU to five NJAC titles. In addition to his team's success, Schoenig produced 18 All-Americans and had 15 former players go on to sign professional contracts.
Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at Montclair State, Schoenig served as an assistant coach under Fred Hill at MSU. Since retiring from Montclair State, Schoenig has served as an assistant coach at Rutgers-Camden, also a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
The Lifetime ABCA Member has been active in the association for nearly four decades and has served on ABCA committees in addition to the NCAA Div. III Baseball Committee. In 2011 while still coaching, Schoenig was inducted into the Montclair State Athletics Hall of Fame.