A resident of Albuquerque, NM since April 2022 and a longtime resident of Binghamton NY, died peacefully on June 23 in Albuquerque.
A resident of Albuquerque, NM since April 2022 and a longtime resident of Binghamton NY, died peacefully on June 23 in Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mini Daub, daughter Stephanie Kuzio and husband Kenneth of Albuquerque; daughter Heidi Daub and husband Bill Schubeck of Blue Hill, ME; grandsons Tyler Kuzio (Terisa) and Elliot Kuzio (Tessa Robinson) of Albuquerque; granddaughters Mesa Schubeck and Fiona Schubeck (Sarah) of Portland, ME, and Mira Schubeck (John Larson) of Blue Hill; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Ty Kuzio of Albuquerque, Sylvie and Odeya Schubeck of Portland and Zeus Larson of Blue Hill; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded by his mother, Pauline Hartmann Daub; grandmother “Mom” Annie Thone Daub; father Frederick Daub; and brother Frederick Daub Jr.
Ed, born in Honesdale, PA in 1933, grew up on a dairy farm in Cochecton Center, NY, where he was raised by his grandmother and aunts after his mother died shortly after his birth. His love for baseball came about through many influences in his life. His father coached a local semi-pro baseball team, his Uncle Carl played on that team, and Ed and his brother spent countless hours playing the sport. He played baseball throughout high school and college, as well as for the Valley Forge aircraft carrier team while serving in the U.S. Navy. He also played for the Welcome Lake semi-pro baseball team in Honesdale. During his early teaching years, he played for a semi-pro team in Utica, NY.
Ed’s love of all sports led him to SUNY Cortland. He paused his education for two years to serve in the Navy, then returned and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, eventually earning his master’s degree in both physical education and athletic directorship from Cortland.
Ed met his wife, Mini, at Cortland, marrying in 1957. The next six years saw the birth of his two daughters and were spent teaching in small towns in upstate New York. Selected highlights from his teaching and coaching careers include Oriskany Falls, where Ed taught girls and boys physical education in grades one through 12, and also coached soccer, basketball and baseball. At Hudson Valley Community College, Ed taught health, coached baseball and started the college’s first soccer team. At King Ferry High School, Ed taught physical education and biology, and coached soccer, basketball and baseball. The school’s soccer team won the league championship under his tenure.
In 1963, he accepted a position at Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY, dedicating 59 years as professor emeritus of physical education at SUNY Broome Community College, teaching physical education and coaching championship teams in baseball and soccer. Many students and athletes were positively influenced by Coach Daub’s tenacity, dedication and drive to excel. Even after “retirement,” Ed continued at Broome on a part-time basis, teaching both in the classroom and online in the sports management and sports studies departments through the 2022 spring semester.
In 1970 he landed the summer coaching position with the Valley League in Harrisonburg, VA, and won the league championship that year. Years later, in Binghamton, he was owner, general manager and coach of the Broome Rangers, a New York State summer collegiate team, leading them to a state championship in 1991. This year, and in perpetuity, the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s inaugural all-star MVP award will be named in his honor.
Furthering his baseball career and after retirement from full-time teaching, Ed was introduced to the world of major league baseball scouting. He served 20 years as a professional baseball scout, canvasing New York State and northern PA for the Cincinnati Reds until 2019.
Ed loved the outdoors and was an avid walker. He enjoyed downhill skiing with his wife and daughters in the family’s early years, and later, cross country skiing and kayaking. Visiting his daughters in Maine and New Mexico brought him much pleasure. With a particular resonance for stone, Ed built many a rock wall over the years, and found great joy in creating and maintaining gardens at his and Mini’s residences.
Ed devoted much of his time in later years to writing, including poetry and vignettes of his early years. In 2021 he self-published a novel titled “The Last Season,” which outlines the thoughts and experiences of a professional baseball scout during the final year of his career. Ed leaves several drafts of other stories, both nonfiction and fiction.
A longtime resident of Binghamton, Ed also had a second home in Blue Hill, near his youngest daughter and family, where he and Mini spent many extended vacations. Most recently, they relocated to Albuquerque to be near their eldest daughter and her family. Ed’s passing was peaceful, and he was surrounded by family with love. A private family service and cremation was held July 7 in Albuquerque. A memorial service is being planned for a future date in Binghamton, at the Nimmonsburg United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Cochecton Center. Visit https://www.french
In lieu of flowers, consider donations in memory of Ed to the SUNY Broome Community College Foundation for the Edwin Daub Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1017, Binghamton, NY 13902 or made online via credit card at www.sunybroome.edu/gift.