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Kevin Schnall enters his 12th season on the Chanticleer coaching staff. A former All-Big South performer and 2005 inductee to the Coastal Carolina Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame, Schnall coaches the catchers and is heavily involved with hitting instruction. Schnall also enters his seventh year as the recruiting coordinator after assisting with recruiting for five seasons.
Schnall coached Dock Doyle and Jose Iglesias, who were both finalists for the 2008 and 2010, respectively, Johnny Bench Awards, given to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Iglesias, a third team All-American in 2010, had 80 RBI in 2010, second-most on the CCU single-season list while ranking ranked 16th in the NCAA in the category. Doyle was the 2008 Big South Player of the Year and a fifth-round draft pick by the New York Mets. In 2007, Matt Rademacher was a first team All-Big South selection, while Doyle was on the All-Myrtle Beach Regional Team and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Under Schnall's tutelage, Coastal Carolina's catchers have thrown out 42 percent of runners trying to steal. The backstops also have handled one of the nation's best pitching staffs, which ranked among the top 20 in ERA five of the last 10 seasons.
Schnall is credited with developing individual players such as catcher Randy McGarvey, Jr., who started his career as a walk-on and finished as a two-year starter and 2002 draft pick of the Houston Astros, and Chad Oxendine, who started his Coastal Carolina career as a middle infielder and went on to become an All-Big South catcher in 2004 and played in the Chicago White Sox minor league organization. Schnall also coached Mike Fuentes in 2005-06, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Schnall also boasts successful stints as a summer league head coach. In 2001, he coached Front Royal (Va.) of the Valley League and led the Cardinals to the playoffs. In 2002, Schnall was tabbed by the Baseball Factory to coach one of its select summer teams. In addition to his coaching duties, Schnall also served as coordinator of the Gary Gilmore Baseball Camp until 2004, which features several summer camps and year-round clinics.
Schnall's playing career began at Potomac State Junior College in West Virginia, where he was named All-Region both seasons. In 1997, he hit .420 and collected 56 RBI in leading the Catamounts to a 30-8 record. He then moved to Coastal Carolina for the 1997-98 season, where he immediately became the Chants' starting catcher. That season, he hit .308, drove in 33 runs and set school catching records for putouts (362) and assists (58). His efforts led the Chants to their first winning season since 1994 and a berth in the Big South Tournament Championship game.
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 RBI, 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's collegiate success earned him notice from the Cincinnati Reds, who made him their 25th-round pick in 1999. He played two seasons in the Reds farm system, compiling time with the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League and the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League. He retired from pro baseball after the 2000 season.
Schnall married the former Megan Magee. The couple has a daughter, Sydney, and a son, Jayden, and reside in Conway.