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The American Baseball Coaches Association and ATEC has named Chatham varsity baseball coach Scott Steltz as a 2023 National Coach of the Year! Most recently, Coach Steltz led the Panthers to two consecutive NYS championship titles in 2022 and 2023. Along with winning teamwork and skills, Coach Steltz places an emphasis on developing sportsmanship and good character in our players both on and off the field.

He and the other ABCA/ATE National Coaches of the Year will be honored at the 2024 ABCA Convention in Dallas on January 5. 

The ABCA/ATEC National and Regional Coaches of the Year are selected by members of the ABCA All-America & Coach of the Year committees in all nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division and high school.

2023 ABCA/ATEC National Coaches of the Year
NCAA Div. I: Jay Johnson, Louisiana State
NCAA Div. II: Kevin Brooks, Angelo State (Texas)
NCAA Div. III: Lucas Jones, Lynchburg (Va.)
NAIA: Tyler LaTorre, Westmont (Calif.)
NJCAA Div. I: Marty Smith, College of Central Florida
NJCAA Div. II: Chris Razo, Heartland (Ill.)
NJCAA Div. III: Rob Valli, RCSJ Gloucester (N.J.)
Pacific Association Division: Kurt Lupinski, Lower Columbia (Wash.)
High School Div. I: Rusty Cagle, Lewisburg (Miss.)
High School Div. II: Heath Gerstner, McPherson (Kan.)
High School Div. III: Scott Steltz, Chatham Central (N.Y.)

Founded in 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 15,000 members represent all 50 states and 40 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include nine divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School, Youth and Travel.

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Let's hear it for Coach Steltz on this well deserved honor!