His career as an outstanding hitter, third baseman and shortstop began as a 14-year old prepster at Akron's South High School on Thornton Street. During those formative years, Coey played with the Silver Seals, West Chevrolet and Golden Age Beverage teams. Following a couple stints in the pros with the Dayton Ducks, Canton and Williamson in the Mid-Atlantic and Mountain State Leagues, Coey had three years of duty with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He returned to Akron to play for the Smith Sheriffs, Tiny's Orphans, and Borden Autos. A special highlight of his Orphan years was when the team captured the 1945 National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) National Championship--downing the Baltimore Martin Bombers in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. Coey, who ended his career at age 42, never batted less than .345 and was on 16 AA Championship teams.