Baseball - Tue, Dec. 13, 2005
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley will be officially inducted into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Hall of Fame at the Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, February 4, 2006, at the Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel in Lisle, Ill. Dooley was chosen for this prestigious honor for his selfless efforts and long standing commitments to improving high school baseball in Illinois.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by such a wonderful organization, like the IHSBCA, which provides such invaluable help to our college baseball program," said Dooley. "I have had a long and fruitful relationship with the IHSBCA and have always supported their efforts to better baseball."
Dooley has directed the Saint Xavier University baseball program since 1993 and has been associated with the team for 25 years. As head coach, he has had plenty of success compiling a career record of 520-305-1 over 13 seasons (.630 winning percentage) and sent 15 players on to professional careers. Last spring, Dooley had one of his best seasons at SXU with the Cougars finishing 39-23 overall and advancing to the NAIA Super Regional for the first time since the new postseason format was adopted in 2000.
Dooley's success as a coach has not been limited to the baseball diamond. He has coached eight NAIA All-American Scholar-Athletes during his tenure and, as an instructor in the physical education department at Saint Xavier University, is committed to teaching and the values of higher education.
"When one of our coaches is honored with a prestigious award, like the IHSBCA Hall of Fame, our department sees it not only as a great accomplishment for Mike Dooley, but also as a testament of Saint Xavier's commitment to excellence in both athletics and the classroom," said SXU athletics director Bob Hallberg. "Mike has done an outstanding job with the Cougar baseball program and is extremely deserving of this induction."
Tony D'Anza and John Morrey, assistant baseball coaches at SXU under Dooley, have already been inducted into the IHSBCA Hall of Fame. Dooley was inducted into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Hall of Fame in 2002 for his outstanding coaching career at Saint Xavier.