Ted Schelmay, who led Toms River North to the Shore Conference and Ocean County Tournament titles last spring along with the final No. 1 ranking in the Shore, announced on Wednesday that he is retiring after 20 years and 346 wins at the helm for the Mariners.

Toms River North baseball coach Ted Schelmay, who retired on Wednesday, got a celebratory bath in his final game last spring after the Mariners won the Shore Conference Tournament. (Photo by the Ocean Signal)

Schelmay's retirement, which was first reported by MSG Varsity, comes after a 20-7 season in which Toms River North won its second SCT title in his tenure. Veteran assistant Andy Pagano will take over as interim head coach. Schelmay, 61, finished with a career mark of 346-181-2.

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Under Schelmay, Toms River North won four Class A South titles, including three in a row from 2007-09, three NJSIAA sectional championships, two OCT titles and two SCT titles. The Mariners also reached the Group IV final in 1997 behind star pitcher J.M. Gold, a first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers who is now an assistant at Jackson Memorial.

 

 

Schelmay was one of three Hall of Fame head coaches in Toms River, with the state's all-time wins leader, Ken Frank, still at the helm at Toms River South and his brother, Bill Frank, still coaching at Toms River East after reaching his 500th career victory last season.