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Scott Schroeder has stepped down as the baseball coach at Livingston after 14 seasons directing team, including appearances in four state sectional finals and a Greater Newark Tournament title in 2009, one of six GNT titles in school's baseball history. (Photo by Doug Allen)
Schroeder Resigns From Livingston Baseball
After A Solid 14-Year Run Guiding Program
By Steve Tober
LIVINGSTON- He started out as one of the youngest head coaches in the state back in 2001, and he now exits the Livingston baseball program as a still very enthusiastic 36-year-old with a wealth of knowledge in the game he has either played or coached for three decades.
Scott Schroeder, who directed Livingston to four state sectional finals and the 2009 Greater Newark Tournament championship, recently resigned the post he had held since taking over the reins of his high school alma mater soon after completing his collegiate playing career as a catcher for coach Mike Sheppard, Sr. at Seton Hall University.
“I just feel it’s the right time to leave as Livingston coach,” said the veteran physical education teacher in the high school. “I haven’t retired from coaching baseball altogether, just from Livingston.
“We will see what the future holds for me.”
Schroeder directed Livingston to a 13-13 record this spring (8-8 for fourth place in the rigorous Super Essex Conference-American Division) marking the third straight season that the Lancers finished at .500 or below (also including 10-12 in 2014 and 7-11 in 2013). The team reached its last North 1, Group 4 state sectional final in 2012 when it finished 18-10, losing to Ridgewood, 2-0, in the sectional title tilt.
The 2015 season came to an end with a heartbreaking 6-3 loss in 8 innings to Morristown in the North 1, Group 4 quarterfinals, as the visiting Colonials came from behind to tie the contest with three runs in the top of the seventh, and then won it with three more in the eighth.
The Lancers defeated Hackensack, 2-1, in a N1G4 first round game behind senior pitcher Tyler Zuppa (UMass), who allowed no earned runs in a complete game effort.
The program’s best recent stretch under Schroeder was from 2009-2012 when the Lancers won 18 games in each of those four seasons and reached two state sectional finals along with a pair of semifinal berths as well.
The 2009 team, led by standout players including infielder-pitcher Mike Genovese (Seton Hall University) and catcher Frank Schwindel (St. John’s University and currently a first baseman with the Kansas City Royals’ Single A team, the Wilmington Blue Rocks), captured the school’s sixth GNT title, edging Nutley, 5-4, at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium when a little-known but valuable senior contributor named Sammy Shalom delivered a game-winning home run.