(12-14-16) This week Coldwater Hall of Fame Coach Lou Brunswick turned 87 years old. When you think about Lou you think about baseball and why he is by far the symbol of the sport in both Ohio and Mercer County.
Although Brunswick graduated from St. Henry (1948), he spent his 35 year (1959-1993) HS baseball coaching career as the Cavs head man.
OHSAA Baseball Coaching Wins, All-Time
846 - Don Thorp, Hebron Lakewood, 846-219 (1973-2010) 768 - Ken Gray, Mason, 768-292 (1973-2013) 767 - Mike Cameron, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 767-304 (1969-2007) 760 - Timothy Engleka, Centerville,760-307-5 (1964-2002) 750 - Lou Brunswick, Coldwater,750-166 (1959-1993) 709 - Rich Arbinger, Toledo Start (1976-2006) 704 - Doug Miller, Canton Central Catholic, 704-272 (1982-2016)
During that time he won 750 games and he is fifth on the all-time OHSAA career win list, only seven coaches in Ohio have won 700 or more games. As amazing as the win total is, Brunswick lost only 166 games during that time.
Brunswick FACTS at Coldwater
- State Tournament ten times (1961,1972,1977,1983,1984,1987,1990,1991,1992 and 1993)
- Won the State Title (1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1992)
- State Runner-ups (1977 and 1991)
- Played in 24 District Finals
- Played in 17 Regional Finals
- Won two Western Buckeye League titles
- Won twenty Midwest Athletic League titles
Brunswick Coaching Honors at Coldwater
- National District 4 Coach of the Year Award
- Mac Morrison Lifetime Service Award
- Wally Post ProAm Award (for service to others through baseball.)
- Inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1975
In 1960, Brunswick was one of the key figures in the formation of the ACME summer baseball program. In the first year ACME Baseball started with 12 teams and has grown to over 125 teams participating in either ACME or Jr. ACME schedules. He stills serves as a director of the program and is also a member of the ACME Hall of Fame.