A Kent State baseball legend is gone.
Richard ''Dick'' Schoonover, 81, of Munroe Falls, passed away Monday after a private, five-year battle with lung cancer.
The pitching coach from East High taught more than 10,000 individual pitching lessons and developed more than 60 pitchers who signed major-league contracts, including recent notable names as Dustin Hermanson, Eric Milton and Micah Owings.
Schoonover was an assistant coach at Kent State in 1986 and 1989 and was the pitching coach from 1990-1996. In 1993, KSU finished first in the country in team ERA (2.37), they finished second in 1992.
He coached three All-Americans, 12 all-conference selections, eight all-region selections, six Mid-American Conference pitchers of the year, four Varsity ''K'' Hall of Fame members and three first-round draft selections.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; his son, Michael, his daughter-in-law, Ramona; his daughter, Dana Lee, his son-in-law, John Singer; his daughter-in-law, Camille Longino; and five grandchildren.
Schoonover is preceded in death by his son Mark; his brothers Hal (whom the Kent State baseball stadium is named after), Fred and Earl; and his parents Fred and Irene Schoonover.
"Very few men have lived a life as full as Dick Schoonover," sixth-year Kent State baseball head coach Scott Stricklin said. "He loved his family and he loved the game of baseball. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing him loved and respected him. He was one of the finest people I have ever met and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife JoAnn and his entire family."
"Dick Schoonover to me represents the heart and soul of any great program," Athletic Director Laing Kennedy said. "His relationship with me personally, when I first became athletic director, was very helpful and supportive. As I got to know him, I understood his tremendous knowledge about intercollegiate baseball and in particular pitching."
KSU Notes - December 8
Dave Carducci from the Record Courier is mentioning five names as possibilities to be the next Kent State Athletic Director.
The Kent State women's basketball team (5-1) will host Wichita State tonight at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday Head Coach Bob Lindsay became the all time wins leader in Mid-American Conference history when he picked up his 377th win. The Daily Kent Stater profiles Lindsay here.
Kent State guard Jamilah Humes was named the Kent State Athlete of the Week for her performances last week. Humes had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 71-56 victory over Cleveland State.
Kent State wrestler Dustin Kilgore is featured in W.I.N. Magazine.
For the second straight season, the MAC is sending five teams to bowl games. Schedule.