Evan Schultz didn’t know the late Todd McDougall as well as his older brothers did, but it was the former Olympia High baseball coach’s qualities as “a great man and great leader” that led Schultz to spearhead a campaign to make McDougall a permanent fixture near the field where he coached for 20 years.
“He was always positive,” said Schultz, a Bears junior whose brothers Drew and Conner preceded him through the program.
Since November, Schultz has done the legwork to rename the fire lane behind Crandall Field “McDougall Way” as part of his senior project. McDougall, who led the Bears to six league titles, died July 27 after a seven-month battle with brain cancer.
The biggest hurdle was cleared March 31, when Schultz, a first-year varsity infielder, made a presentation to the Olympia School Board, which unanimously approved the naming of the alleyway.
The dedication ceremony is Monday when the Bears host 4A Narrows League foe Yelm, which is coached by Brady Hoover, a 1995 Olympia graduate who played for McDougall.
Olympia coach Steve Roth said the 3:30 p.m. pregame ceremony will unveil the sign for McDougall Way, a banner below the outfield scoreboard, and a plaque to go near the third base coach’s box.
“It’s amazing that it can be named McDougall Way,” Schultz said, “and I’m proud about that.”