CLAYTON — The Northmont Baseball Hall of Fame will induct four new members at the annual First Pitch Banquet on Sunday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at Northmont High School.
The profiles of this year’s inductees are listed below.
Brian Coy – Class of 1992
Brian Coy grew up in the Village of Clayton with his family of four. Life was simple and full of outdoor sports activity. The area around him bore witness to the family curiosity, and as kids, they often took to the expansive backyard for their sporting adventures, especially acting out their dreams as Pete Rose or Nolan Ryan.
Coy learned how to become a pretty decent ball player through playing at Hardscrabble Little League his entire childhood. This is where most of his friendships with fellow Northmont teammates Brent Oskey and Shawn Davis as well as the many coaches that helped him with lifelong lessons of how to play the game correctly and where he learned to become a successful pitcher.
After the Hardscrabble days were over, Coy began his freshman year at Northmont in the 198889 school year. He overheard through the announcements that baseball tryouts for freshman were about to start but was scared of even trying out until he found out that a few of his buddies from Hardscrabble were also trying out. From that point on, history took its course and he became a mainstay player until his senior year in 1992.
Some of the best highlights he can remember took place his senior year when his team beat the defending state champs of Fairfield at Northmont’s home field, known as “The Yard” with last inning heroics. Another highlight was in the playoffs against a very hot Sidney Yellow Jackets team to make it to the district finals. The best thing he remembers about that game was Trevor James throwing out a runner at home. That run could have won the game for Sidney but his play put them into extra innings where the Thunderbolts eventually won.
Those were great times especially in an era of Northmont baseball that saw 121 regular season wins over a five year period. Coy posted a 2.57 Earned Run Average his senior year with a 9-1 record as a starting pitcher as well as maintaining a .406 batting average. Coy was named team MVP, AllLeague, AllDistrict and AllState his senior year but he is quick to point out that all of that never would have happened if not for his great teammates backing him up.
After high school, Coy played a two seasons with Sinclair Community College and had success there earning AllLeague honors both seasons. Before his Sinclair years were up, he had the opportunity to try out for the Olympic team in Millington, Tennessee. After Sinclair, he got married to his high school sweetheart, Melissa Kinnaird in 1995 and started a family which has grown to seven. They have four sons, Peyton (19), Parker (14), Paxton (9) and Hudson (7 months) and one daughter Hallee (5). Coy also helped Gerald Rosendahl as an assistant coach on the Summer “C” team from 20002004 as a pitching coach.
Coy has worked for Chapel Electric Company in Dayton for the last 15 years alongside another Northmont Hall of Fame member and teammate, Lance Beck. He is currently a computer aided drafting and building information modeling coordinator on large construction projects around the region from Sidney to Cincinnati.
Doug Mangen – Class of 1983
Doug Mangen played Baseball for three years for the Thunderbolts. While playing baseball at Northmont, Mangen’s batting average was .419 his junior year and .516 his senior year, where he maintains 5th place in the record books. He also had an on-base percentage of .662. He earned first team All-League both his junior and senior year. He was first team All-Area in both his junior and senior year. He was voted All-Ohio his senior year and selected to play in the All-Ohio All-Star game in Columbus at The Ohio State University.
In addition Mangen played both football and basketball for four years as a Thunderbolt. After high school, he continued his athletic career by attending Ohio University on a football scholarship.
Mangen is also a member of the Northmont Football Hall of Fame and the Northmont Athletics Hall of Fame.
He owns his own Real Estate Appraisal Company in Vandalia, Ohio. Doug and his wife Amy have four children – Ben, Erin, Anna and Luke, and currently reside in Clayton.
Patrick Masters – Class of 2001
Pat Masters played baseball at Northmont High School from 1998-2001 as well as playing basketball from 1998-2001 and football 1998.
Masters had a career batting average of .378 with a .472 on base average, 72 runs batted in, 15 home runs and 15 doubles. His senior year alone, he had a .450 batting average with a .556 on base average with 37 RBI and 7 home runs.
Masters considers the following as highlights of his career at Northmont: being selected First Team All-Area his senior year and Mizuno All-Ohio; appearing in three district finals; catching the final out of Tony Davis’ no hitter his sophomore year in Florida; hitting 2 home runs his senior year against Miamisburg in the tournament; hitting a home run in his first ever left handed at bat against Centerville in the summer before his senior year.
He especially remembers all the great trips to Cocoa Beach, Florida, his team winning 24 games his senior year and most importantly, that he has served as a groomsman in four weddings of teammates from Northmont. Those lifelong friendships were all culminated in “The Yard.”
Collegiately, he attended Wright State and graduated in 2006 where he lettered in baseball four years and was selected Horizon League Player of the Week twice. In 2006, his team won the Horizon League championship and played in the field of 64 for the Division I NCAA Championships. The team ultimately lost to eventual National Champion Oregon State Beavers, but what an awesome, fun senior season.
Masters is currently working for Enterprise in Centerville in the rental sales division.
Michael Smoot – Class of 1971
Mike Smoot attended Northmont High School from 1968 through 1971. During that time he started 4 years for the baseball team at first base. He also started 3 years on the football team and 2 of 3 years on the basketball team. During Smoot’s junior year, he won the batting title with a .402 batting average. In 4 years as a starter at first base, he made only 1 error and that was the last game of his senior year. As a senior, he was the recipient of the Elgin Roof Outstanding Athlete Award.
Smoot stated that his success in baseball and other sports can be attributed to his outstanding home life and the support and encouragement he received from his parents, brothers and sister. His parents sacrificed many hours of their time to help him and his siblings achieve their dreams. Baseball was always front and center in their lives from a very young age.
During his years of baseball, he was privileged to play alongside some outstanding athletes. Many memories and friends were made that still exists to this day. One of his fondest memories is beating a very good Chaminade team in a double header just a couple of weeks before the Eagles won the state baseball championship.
After high school he briefly attended Ohio University. Life interrupted his dream of playing baseball there during his first semester. Much later in life, he went back to school and graduated from Wright State University with his engineering degree, quickly followed by obtaining his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Currently, Smoot works for LectraHeat LLC in Lebanon as an Engineer/Plant Manager.
He and his wife Michelle have been married for 26 years and together they have four daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as family. Smoot and his wife reside in the country outside of New Lebanon.
Reach the Northmont Baseball Hall of Fame by calling Bonnie or Daryl Evans at 836-6249 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Northmont Baseball website to obtain a nomination form.