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"A standout baseball player, "Skip" Coley was one of the best players in the Indiana Collegiate Conference from 1966 through 1970. A three-time All-ICC selection (1968, 1969, 1970), Coley compiled a .330 career batting average. In 1969, Coley batted an outstanding .388 and earned Fourth Team NCAA All-America honors.
His stardom at Valpo conincided with three ICC championships under coach Emory Bauer. In 1969, Coley was selected as the ICC Most Valuable Player as the Cruasders finished 18-4, including 7-1 in the league. The year before, he earned NCAA District All-America honors as Valpo went through the ICC season undefeated (12-0) and finished 17-5 overall.
Coley was a team captain as a senior in 1970 when the Cruasders had a league-best 7-1 mark. A slick-fielding catcher, Coley holds Valpo's single season record (1969) for fielding percentage with a perfect 1.000 mark.
An accomplished student-athlete, Coley was named Valpo's Top Student-Athlete and was the recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1970. In his professional career, Coley has worked as a business development manager for 32 years. He graduated from Valpo in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and earned a Master of Science in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1971.
2003-04 Hall of Fame