Professor and Behrend Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Stoner Retires

Clarence “Shorty” Stoner, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, retired in September 2010.

Stoner received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physical Education from Penn State in 1967 and 1969, respectively. In 1966, during his junior year, he was drafted by the New York Yankees but chose not to play. During his senior year, he was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics (now Oakland). He played first base and outfielder for two years in the Oakland farm system (minor league) and was selected MVP of the Gulf Coast League in 1967.

In 1969, Stoner joined the Penn State faculty as instructor in several physical education courses at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. In 1973 he was promoted to assistant professor, and from 1975 to 1981, he served as intramural director.

Renowned at the campus for his coaching, Stoner served as assistant wrestling coach from 1971 to 1973 and head baseball coach from 1969 to 1981. He led the 1981 baseball team to twenty wins, a first at Penn State Behrend. His overall record as coach was 156-122, and he was selected as Coach of the Year for district 18 by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in both 1979 and 1981. In 1992, he was inducted into the Behrend Lions Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 1981, Stoner became head coach of the NCAA Division I Nittany Lions baseball team at the University Park campus. He coached there until 1990, accumulating a 216-171-1 record.

At the University Park campus, Stoner taught several Kinesiology courses and served as the internship coordinator for students enrolled in the Movement Science and Fitness Studies of the Kinesiology major.