By Rob Kiser
Through all his success in athletics, Bryan Magoteaux always remained humble and just enjoyed competing.
So, it should come as no surprise to those who know the former two-sport standout at Piqua High School and Wittenberg University that he is approaching his latest honor in the same way.
Magoteaux, the son of former Piqua football coach Steve and Karen Magoteaux will be inducted into the Wittenberg University Hall of Honor in a ceremony Friday night — and then will be honored Saturday at halftime of the Wittenberg home football game with Wooster, which kicks off at 1 p.m. and continues homecoming weekend at the school.
“To be honest, the Hall of Fame is not something I ever gave any thought too,” Magoteaux said. “It kind of caught me by surprise.”
Magoteaux began achieving at the highest level in both baseball and football at Piqua High School, following in the footsteps of older brother Ken and preceding younger brother Kyle — all who went on to success at the college level.
During his high school career, he was part of some big moments at Piqua.
In football, he was a sophomore on the Piqua football team that beat Troy in the playoffs — and helped Piqua to the state semifinals as a junior and senior as a running back/defensive back.
In baseball, he was part of Piqua’s only regional final baseball team in 1995, leading the team with a .402 batting average and 29 RBIs. He was first team All-League in 1995 as well as being first team All-Ohio and started three years for the Piqua American Legion Post 184 baseball team.
“There is no question I was very fortunate to have two coaches like Bill Nees (football) and Rick Gold (baseball),” Magoteaux said. “In fact, I had great coaches all the way through at Wittenberg as well.”
When it came time to make his college choice, there is no question Magoteaux made the right decision.
“I wasn’t sure (about playing two sports),” Magoteaux said. “If I was going to do that, I would have to go to a small school. Dayton was looking at me, but they kind of discouraged that (playing two sports). Wittenberg ended up being a perfect fit.”
Still, Magoteaux had no expectations going in to his college career.
“I wasn’t real sure what was going to happen,” he said. “I guess I didn’t have that confidence about what I was going to do. I guess once I got on the field and diamond, my athletic ability just kind of took over.”
The numbers are amazing.
To list just a few, Magoteaux still remains at the top of the Wittenberg record book for RBIs (176), hits (201), doubles (46),
home runs (35) and total bases (372).
He was named first team All-NCAC three times and was named All-Mideast Region his senior season in 1999.
After being named Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1996, he was named team MVP for the next three seasons.
On the gridiron, he still ranks fifth all-time at Wittenberg with 16 interceptions.
He earned All-NCAC honors three times and earned the Golden Helmet award in 1998, helping Wittenberg to a 39-4 record in his four years and two league titles.
Magoteaux said playing two sports at the college level was not difficult.
“It really wasn’t because your schedule is so structured,” he said. “Baseball was probably tougher, because you have games during the week and miss classes. But, my schedule was so structured, it wasn’t that difficult.”
He is looking forward to returning this weekend, where he will be honored with Marcus Booker, Ann Brokaw, Sara Hamilton, Jeremy Kaufman and Bill Reid — with Jim Coleman posthumously receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I haven’t been back there in awhile,” Magoteaux said. “I played with one guy (Marcus Booker) when I was a freshman, so it will be great to see him. And I know a couple of the others. I know I will see some faces I haven’t seen in awhile, so that will be great.”
As for all his achievements in athletics, Magoteaux doesn’t get caught up in that.
“I don’t look at it that way,” Magoteaux said when asked if he is amazed when he looks back at his accomplishments. “I just look at it as I was just going out there and having fun.”
This weekend, he will be honored for doing it at the highest level.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.