By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Following an outstanding 2012 baseball season, Northview head coach Scott McDonald recently was named as District Baseball Coach of the Year representing District M. The selection was voted on by his peers.
The Northview High School baseball program has long been in good hands and has seen just two head coaches since the school has been in existence. McDonald began as a player with the Knights from 1985-88 and has been with the program for over 20 years. McDonald became the head coach in 2009 after serving as an assistant under coach Gary Witham.
After learning of the award, McDonald noted that the award goes to the whole program, not just to the head coach.
"This award means that we were fortunate enough to have a great season due to having great kids, assistant coaches and supportive parents, including my own," McDonald said. "This award is an award for the Northview baseball program."
The 2012 season was a special one as the Knights won their first sectional since the 2005 season and also claimed the school's first Big Four title since 2004. Northview finished unbeaten in the conference and posted a 21-9 record overall.
"The season as a whole was a thrill ride from the beginning. The kids set a goal of winning the conference and sectional. To achieve those goals is tremendously rewarding," McDonald said. "Winning the sectional meant so much for a variety of reasons. First, I was able to share it with my dad, who served as a volunteer coach on the team. Kent Bass was able to share it with his son Damon, and all of the other players who shared it with their families. To top it off, the kids and coaches doing our celebration dance in the parking lot created memories that will last forever."
"Our assistant coaches are great people and, even better, are great with kids. Derik Tipton as our JV coach and Erich Kendall as our C-Team coach teach the fundamentals in the same language that the varsity level uses," McDonald said. "This makes the transition to the varsity much easier. Kent Bass has been a part of our program for a long time and is an excellent motivator of the kids. Rich McDonald, my dad, puts his heart and soul into every game. Finally, Josh Clarke worked very well with our outfielders. Josh always made sure to be at as many games as possible, despite being so involved with the Clay County Sheriff's Department."
McDonald will be recognized on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the IHSBCA Hall of Fame Awards Banquet to be held in Indianapolis at the Sheraton at Keystone Crossing.