Hall of Fame former Northrop baseball coach Chris Stavreti died Friday at age 73 after a long illness with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Stavreti started building the baseball program in 1971 and continued to guide it for 26 years until he retired at age 58. The Bruins got hot in the 1980s, when, after a 10-15 record, Stavreti guided his Bruins to the 1981 state championship game and finished with a 27-5 record. He followed with records of 21-6, 27-8, 29-5 and 25-5, including the state title in 1983, a team that included current Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
He coached 30 years in all, including the first four at East Noble, finishing with a career record of 559-221. His final squad finished in the state semifinals after starting the season with an 0-3 mark. His teams won 13 sectional, eight regional and three semistate titles along with 12 Summit Athletic Conference championships. His 1969 East Noble team also won a regional title.
Stavreti was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1991. He was honored by the Fort Wayne Sports Corporation in 1997 and inducted into the Northeast Indiana Baseball Association's Hall of Fame in 1998.
Northrop's baseball field was named for him in 2003, and in 2008 a group of former Northrop players established a college scholarship in honor of Stavreti. A one-year, $1,000 "Stavreti Scholarship" is awarded each spring to a senior baseball player.
A 1957 graduate of South Side, Stavreti continued his basketball career at Miami (Fla.). He was inducted into the Archers' Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and was added to the school's Distinguished Alumni list in 1997.
Stavreti is survived by his wife Dottie and daughter Sherri. Chris Stavreti and Dorothy Markoff were married June 25, 1961.
Arrangements are pending with D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.