No one wanted to face Randy Shagena on the baseball field.
At Port Huron Northern, he was a pest at the plate, never striking out during his junior season. His senior season, he set program records for home runs, extra-base hits and RBI. When he carried his career to Aquinas College, the All-American was the team’s closer his final two years before playing in the Florida Marlins farm system for a year.
No one wanted to play against Shagena on the ice either, especially during his senior year when he was named to the all-state team before being drafted to a Detroit-based Junior A team.
Looking at his career, it’s no wonder why he is being inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame, but he almost wants no credit for becoming the all-everything athlete he was.
“I just feel like I’m a product of what they taught me,” Shagena said.
“I was excited and pretty humbled that I was even thought of in (Hall of Fame) terms … but really it’s everyone that put their time and energy into helping me that really should be getting honored.”
Coincidentally enough one of Shagena’s former coaches, Northern hockey coach Daryel McCarrel, will be enshrined with him on Saturday night at St. Clair County Community College.
“When I heard that I was so excite because he’s such a great coach, and he’s getting a lot of accolades for being a high school coach, but he transformed minor hockey as a whole,” Shagena said. “He just has done a great job.”
After his stint in New York with the Marlins farm system Shagena moved to Columbus, Ohio with his wie, Alycia, for a brief amount of time. Their time in Ohio was great – even with Buckeye fans, Shagena said – but moving back to his hometown was a top priority.
“The biggest draw for my wife and I was family,” Shagena said. “I have such great memories and experiences around here that I want my kids and family to have those too.”
Lately Shagena has been giving back to the Port Huron sporting community by coaching his daughters, Riley, Ally and McKenzie. He’s coached Riley and Ally in softball, Riley in AAU basketball and will soon be coaching his youngest, McKenzie, in fourth grade hoops this year.
With a memory bank filled with great coaches in his past, Shagena hopes to spread the passion he received as an athlete to everyone he coaches.
“If I could be anywhere near the coaches I had I would be very proud of that,” Shagena said. “I would take some of the things they do to apply that to my teams. I’m probably closest to Daryel in the sense that I’m passionate, and my dad (Orval) was one of the best because he was laid back and never too excited.”