|Year of Graduation:||1971-1975|
In the fall of 1971, the Maryville College basketball team was looking to replace the point production of almost 63 points a game with the graduation of seniors Warren Morgan, Mike Burrows, and John Weston. Newcomers Larry Brown, Scott Ross, and a scoring point guard from Clayton, Ohio named Randy Schaurer. This Northmount High School graduate chose Maryville College because of the outdoor opportunities of the mountains and he wanted to continue playing the sport he loved. Randy Schaurer not only played this game, but had a huge impact the Scots program during his four year tenure.
Bill Postler used his hops and rebounding skills while Larry Brown controlled the paint. Schaurer, a freshman guard, came off the bench the first five games of the season. MC’s senior point guard quit the team right before Christmas break and Randy received his first start against Mount Union in an Ohio Holiday tournament. His thoughts raced back to his first collegiate scrimmage when he let his first shot fly against Carson Newman. From 20 feet away Schaurer remembers his first basket against the Eagles to this day. He took that same feeling and lit up the Purple Raiders for 18 points in his first collegiate start and was named to the All-Tournament team. From that moment on, Randy Schaurer started every game the remainder of his time in the orange and garnet. One of his most memorable moments shaped his skills for the future. He missed a pair of free throws that allowed Clinch Valley to rally late and defeat the Scots. Determined to not let his Scots down again, Schaurer would later become one of Maryville’s and the nation’s premier free throw shooters. The Scots downed Milligan 83-82 on Schaurer’s free throw shooting. He finished with 14 points. Randy and Mike Butler guided a strong fast-break attack to lead MC past Bryan College. In the closing game of the season, the Scots defeated Covenant 87-72. With the score knotted at 72, Postler, McKinstry, and Schaurer took over the game with Randy finishing with 14 points. As a first year player, Randy contributed 10.8 points a game while leading the Scots with an 88% free-throw percentage.
The 1972-1973 squad was a mostly underclassmen team. Newcomers Randy Lambert, Kenny Talbott, Mike Morton, Bruce Guillaume, and Keith Crane looked for leadership from Co-Captains Phil Graham and Randy Schaurer. Although a small squad in height, Maryville had a strong perimeter game. Schaurer posted 19 points in a loss to Tusculum. He stroked 25 points against Bryan and 24 against Clinch Valley. Randy’s 18 points helped MC beat Centre while finishing with 20 points against Lincoln Memorial. After the LMU game, Randy was mentioned in the latest NCAA Division III Basketball statistics as leading the nation with his 89.95 free-throw percentage. Randy finished the season as MC’s leading scorer and was named the Scots Most Valuable Player.
As a junior, Randy captained the same group of cagers. A key moment that Randy remembers was during an Eckerd College Christmas Tournament in Florida. He was being guarded heavily and Bruce Guillaume, Mike Morton, Randy Lambert, and Kenny Talbott took over the game. He was excited that his teammates were gaining the confidence they needed to be successful and his teammates took the pressure off of him and allowed him to score 31 against Greensboro and gain all-tournament recognition. Randy paced the nation once again in free throw percentage and led the Scots in scoring.
Randy Co-Captained and experienced team with last year’s MVP Jerry Spicer during his senior campaign. Maryville now defeated teams like Milligan, LMU, and Sewanee…teams they had struggled with over the previous three seasons. Assistant Coaches John Weston and Mike Edwards encouraged the squad to get better each time they took the floor. Schaurer for the third consecutive season led Maryville in scoring while earning his second MVP accolade.
To this date, 34 years after graduation Randy holds three school record for free throws. He had the best free throw percentage in a game against Clinch Valley sinking every attempt on February 10, 1973. He has the best percentage over a season going 80-87 (92%) in 1973-74. And he sank 271 of 305 free throws for his career for an amazing 89%.
Randy remembers that, “ although our record was not the greatest over my career, the struggle and development of the team and the program grew consistently from year to year. I would not have traded the experience for anything.”
Randy graduated in 1975 as a Biology major while earning a minor in Chemistry. He later enrolled at Wright State University to attain his teaching certificate in 1976 and finished his education by acquiring a Masters in Education from Wright State.
He married the former Sandy Ford in 1975 and they have two children Samantha and Jacob. Samantha recently graduated from Ohio State and Jacob is presently a Buckeye.
Randy put his education certification to work and began teaching at Northridge High School in the fall of 1976. He has been there 34 years and has spread his basketball knowledge to 17 years of teams. He led the girls basketball program for 10 season and then coached the boys for 7 years. He is in his 9th year as the Science Department Chair and coaching 8th grade girls basketball this season.
Coach Schaurer’s favorite memory of Maryville is the beautiful weather and the family atmosphere of the faculty and staff. Randy stated, “I had the privilege to play for Coach Boydson Baird for four years. Coach Baird taught me to compete with a sportsmanlike attitude. He led me to believe that what you do off the court is as important as what you do on the court. Coach Baird was not only my coach and mentor, but along with Mrs. Baird became family to me while at Maryville, and a great friend for years to come. I remember feeling very secure with the direction of Coach Baird, Brick Brahams, and Dr. Ramger. I felt as if Maryville was home.”
Ladies and gentlemen, help me Welcome Home 2009 Maryville College Wall of Fame Inductee Randy Schaurer.