Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

After 4 titles, Schneider will hang up whistle

November 21, 2007

— In four years of coaching Lansing Parks and Recreation football teams - the third- and fourth-grade Red Devils in 2004 and 2005 and the fifth- and sixth-grade Red Bulls in 2006 and 2007 - Rick Schneider's teams posted a 30-2 record and won four championships.

The last of those victories came Saturday, Nov. 10, at Pleasant Ridge High School when the Red Bulls edged the Lansing White Stallions, 24-16, in the Northeast Kansas Athletic Association Super Bowl.

In all likelihood, that was Schneider's final game as a coach. His boys now are too old to play Parks and Recreation sports. They're moving on to the middle school and high school level, and Schneider said he's ready to hang up the whistle and take his seat in the stands.

"If there's dads out there who want to coach, they should have the opportunity to coach their kid," said Schneider, the Vice President of First National Bank of Leavenworth. "If something happened down the road where Parks and Rec didn't have any volunteer coaches, I'd be willing to come back. But there's always dads that want to be involved.

"It's a great community," he added, "and they should be involved with their kids because they know their friends and they get to spend time with them. There's a pretty special bonding experience there."

It's those bonding experiences that Schneider said he would miss the most.

"At this age (your kids) start becoming involved in a lot of things," he said. "You have to put them in the car and ride to practice with them and spend an hour and a half doing that, and that's time you're never going to get back. That's special."

He said he'd also miss working with assistant coaches Paul Hofer, Brian Jackson and Mike Reilly, as well as coaching against long-time city coaches Blaine Domann and Mike Smith - men who he said care deeply about the success of the city's youth.

"It's really all about the kids and about them learning and having fun and wanting to win," Schneider said.

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