ADA - Ohio Northern baseball legend Herb Strayer
passed away at his
residence in Ada early Sunday morning after a brief illness.He
The funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Hanson-Neely Funeral Home in Ada and Thursday at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church
in Ada prior to the funeral.Strayer, a native of Elida and an Ada resident, has been the head baseball coach at ONU for the past 31 seasons, compiling a 630-424-6 record.He also served as an associate professor in the physical education department.
going to be missed,'' said Don Schaly, Marietta College
head baseball coach.Schaly and Strayer
were close friends.
fielded some very competitive baseball teams over the years,'' Schaly said."We enjoyed the competition on the field, but off the field we were good friends.Iwill miss him.He
was just a good, good person."
As head baseball coach at Ohio Northern
guided the Bears to 18 consecutive winning seasons from 1971-88. .....His
630 victories ranks him as the winningest coach in Bear history.Including a 49-48 four-year stint as head coach at Hanover
career coaching mark is 679-472-6, a winning percentage of .590 and the 10th most victories among current Division III coaches.Strayer
was inducted into the ONU
Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983."We are deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of Herb Strayer," ONU president Dr. Kendall Baker said.
teams captured four Ohio Athletic Conference baseball titles (1974, 1976, 1982, and 1983).His
teams won seven OAC divisional crowns and made nine appearances in the NCAA Mideast Regional championships.He
was named the OAC Coach of the Year in 1974, '76, '80, '83 and '95.
The 1974 ONU
club advanced to the NCAA World Series and finished third among all Division II and III schools in the country.Strayer
was a three-time letterman in baseball as a pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder.He was a member of the 1960 ONU Mid-Ohio League championship squad.Strayer
was a four-year letterman in football as a quarterback and defensive back.
playing on the 1961 MOL championship team.He
held the school record with a 77-yard punt against Ferris State in 1959.The record stood for 40 years.After graduating from ONU in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Strayer received his master's degree in 1963 from Bowling Green State University.