WMU Baseball Hall of Famer Scotty Wilson Passes Away
Wilson, 84, played shortstop from 1948-51 and helped the Broncos to three Mid-American Conference Championships. He captained the team in 1951 and also earned All-MAC honors that season. During the three-year run he helped the team to a 40-20-2 record overall and a 23-3 mark in MAC play.
"Scotty was a true passionate Bronco filled with love for his family, University and teaching lessons of life through sport and baseball. We have all been recipients of his tremendously warm smile, and his ability to always make you see how important it was to live life by giving back to those he touched," said WMU Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard. "Scotty earned the respect he has in Bronco baseball history from his teammates and the thousands of students he coached and taught through his unselfish and humbled leadership. Our thoughts are certainly with the Wilson family and thank them for sharing Scotty with our Bronco Family."
In addition to his playing days at Western Michigan, he also served as a volunteer assistant coach under long-time head coach Fred Decker from 1989-96. Wilson volunteered his time to help the program when there was no full-time assistant coaches. His support went beyond that of a player and a coach as he provided the financial support for the new batting cages at Robert J. Bobb Stadium, which now bear his name. Wilson was also inducted into the WMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
"We were blessed to have him for the years we did as a volunteer assistant coach," added Decker. "He made a great impact on our coaches, players and everyone he was around. He was one of the finest coaches I have been around and an even better human being. He was a good friend."
"I did not have the privilege of knowing Scotty Wilson as long as many of you," added WMU head coach Billy Gernon. "What I did know is that Scotty was a kind, caring and gentle man that was loved by many. He would often come out to practice in the fall and spend time in the dugout with our players and tell stories about his playing days at Hyames. Scotty cherished having played baseball for Western Michigan and it was very clear to me that his love for Bronco Baseball was greater than the distance from east to west. The entire Bronco Baseball family wishes his wife Joyce and all of his loved ones peace during this time of loss."
Wilson spent decades coaching in both Kalamazoo and Portage, along with teaching physical education. He spent 12 years at Kalamazoo Central High School as a teacher, baseball and basketball head coach. He also coached basketball at Portage Central High School and served as athletic director from 1980-87.
Wilson is survived by his wife; his daughter and her husband, Jim and Ann Long of Grand Ledge; his son and his wife, Andrew and Diane Wilson of Marietta, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes in Portage. The family is planning a memorial service to be scheduled within a month.