Scott Koenig

Year Inducted – 2015

Scott Koenig showed early promise as a baseball player as a 12-year-old second baseman when he played a key role on a Nordonia Hills Athletics Association team that was undefeated when it qualified for the Pee Wee Reese World Series regional tournament. The team lost its first game at that level, but Koenig was hooked on the game of baseball and has been a highly successful player, manager, instructor and administrator at various levels in the area for the past four decades. Koenig played center field Nordonia High School until graduating in 1979. Koenig then coached at Firestone High School as an assistant under Brad Lightfoot from 2002-2007. He became the head coach at Archbishop Hoban in 2008 before returning to his alma mater as head coach the following season. Koenig guided the Knights to an undefeated Northeast Ohio Lake Conference record and trip to the district tournament in 2011. He has compiled an 81-69 record as a head coach in high school baseball. Koenig, who is a hitting and pitching instructor at Play Ball Academy in Stow and is on the academy’s board, participates in an international youth organization Meeting God in Baseball that goes on annual mission trips associated with baseball in the Dominican Republic. The coaches and players teach children from rural villages and jungles the joy of baseball and God. All the time, Koenig has remained active as a player in the summer. He joined the NEO Roy Hobbs League in 1991 and has been participating as both a player and manager for the past 24 years in both the open and veterans divisions. He has achieved a great level of success in senior baseball. As a playing manager, he led the 1988 Mullinax Braves to a league title and repeated the feat in 2003 and 2004 playing and managing the Akron Braves. Koenig then joined a newly formed team as a player with the Akron Colonels in the wooden bat open division. The Colonels compiled a 35-1 record over a two-year span, winning titles in 2005 and 2006. Koenig, an annual all-star selection, has been with the Kenmore Orioles since 2009, playing on championship teams in 2009, 2010 and 2014. He is a consistent .400 hitter and steals more than 20 bases a season. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding center fielder with a strong arm.