Thoughts on Coach
from a coach, a competitor, and his runners
As a coach, I wanted to try and get out a lot of runners for my team like you. I was never assuccessful as you, when we were coaching rivals…I knew that you were successful becauseyou worked as hard at as did your runners. I knew that if I wanted to be successful, then I wasgoing to have to outwork the coaches of teams that are the best in Kansas year in and year out…There is no high school coach that impacted my coaching as much as you have. I willalways be indebted to you for that.
Van Rose, Shawnee Mission Northwest Cross-CountryCoach
Coach Schmidt was the kind of coach that made all of us better coaches. We had to be tocompete with his teams.
Karl Englund Shawnee Mission East Track & Field and Cross-Country Coach
Coach was a Champion and taught us all how to be Champions…he cried with us in defeat andshed tears of JOY when we won. I will never forget his face when standing on 2 state victorystands…He let us hold the trophy first…he was so PROUD of us and it made all the hard workpay off. He gave his time, his energy, and his love…to make men out of us…The hard work paidoff. He pushed us hard because he knew himself what it took to WIN, and WIN in life.
Class of 1975I think the greatest value had to be learning how to push myself beyond what seemedreasonable, and the satisfaction that came with that effort and achievement…He knew the rightbuttons to push. I found him to be a tough but fair coach…Obviously, my memories of him arepriceless. His influence was significant in my life in so many ways.
Dave Stewart – Class of 1975, Metro Sports Anchor
Coach Schmidt had shared some kind words to me before the meet but it is what happenedduring the race that leads me to believe that Coach Schmidt had a hand in it… I gained the leadon the final lap from his two runners (Steve Smith & Brent Steiner) and was expecting to hear abarrage of screaming and yelling from the man in the stocking cap. Bobby Knight couldn’tcompare to the verbal onslaught that Verlyn Schmidt would release in this situation. There wasnot a single scream but words of encouragement as I passed by and ended up winning therace. On that day his runners could have easily beat me but it wasn’t necessary, and a far greater victory was won because of the compassion that shown by his team.
Mark Sageser SM. North Track & Field, Cross Country Runner – Class of 1978
Coach Schmidt instilled that if you set goals, worked hard, and stayed dedicated, that you willsucceed and achieve your dreams. Most important, I trusted Coach Schmidt, believed in hisphilosophy, and was fortunate to have a very successful career… He saw something that noone else could (not even my father). And because of that, I have had a lot of fun and interestingthings happen to me in my life… But I can honestly say that he has been one of the mostinfluential people in my life.
Brent Steiner – Class of 1980
5 time State Champion (3 track,2 X-C), National XC Champion
There have been only a couple of people in my life I can genuinely say always supported me,believed in me, and never doubted me.
Scott Lofquist – Class of 1978 –
Cross Country “ C”Team 1975, Varsity Track 1976-78