Representative Schatz declares March 30 Coach Ray Steinhoff Day

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To most people, March 30th, 2011 is simply another day. To New Haven High School and Shamrock fans alike, March 30th is now and forever will be Coach Ray Steinhoff Day. 

Today, the Missouri State House of Representatives lead by Representative Dave Schatz, read the House Resolution acknowledging the milestones and achievements of Coach Steinhoff.  Ray was accompanied by his wife Ruth, New Haven Superintendent Kyle Kruse, School Board Member Dorthy Schowe, and Don Kapplemann.

Pictured left to right: Dave Schatz and Ray Steinhoff

 Coach Steinhoff achieved his 500th basketball victory on February 21, 2011.  Along with these 500 wins, Ray has coached 23 district finalists, winning 10 district titles.  His team has won 4 - Four Rivers Conference Championships and have reached 4 state Final-Fours, winning state titles 3 of the 4 years (97, 99, 01). Steinhoff has compiled a record of 504-253 during his 27 years as head coach, making him the most winning coach in Shamrock history.
Students show how much they love Coach Steinhoff
On a personal note, I attended the event, not as a citizen journalist but as a former player and friend.  There is only one other person during my high school days who had the same profound impact on my life and who helped to mold me into who I have become today as Coach Steinhoff has.  I take great pride in saying “I was coached by Ray Steinhoff” and seeing him honored by The House of Representatives is a memory I will cherish the rest of my life.

Congratulations Coach Steinhoff!

The House Resolution read as follows:

Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives always welcome the opportunity to acknowledge milestone events in the lives and careers of Show-Me State educators who admirably ensure that students obtain the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become lifelong learners and involved citizens; and

Whereas, Ray Steinhoff has attained considerable distinction as the head coach of the New Haven High School Shamrocks basketball team; and

Whereas, on February 21, 2011, the New Haven Shamrocks handed coach Ray Steinhoff his 500th Career Win with a40-31 victory over Hancock High School; and

Whereas, during the centennial year of basketball at New Haven High School, coach Ray Steinhoff ended the season with a 504-253 career win-loss record; and

Whereas, in addition to his career wins record, coach Ray Steinhoff has coached twenty-three District finalists, captured ten District titles and four Four Rivers Conference Championships, and won three State Championships and a Third Place in four trips to the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2Final Four; and

Whereas, Ray Steinhoff has been a varsity basketball coach for twenty-seven years and also a varsity baseball coach for nineteen seasons, during which time his team won a state title and a Four Rivers Conference Championship; and

Whereas, no stranger to honors and accolades, Ray Steinhoff was named the Four Rivers Conference Coach of the Year four times and the Missouri Sportswriters Missouri Coach of the Year twice:

Now, therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ninety-sixth General Assembly, join unanimously to applaud the personal and professional accomplishments garnered thus far in the life and work of Ray Steinhoff and to convey to him this legislative body's most heartfelt congratulations upon attaining his 500th Career Win as a basketball coach; and

Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for presentation to Ray Steinhoff.