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Shawnee Mission track legend Schmidt dies

By DEREK PRA TER - Tile Kansas City Star Date: 02121101 22:15

No one knew more or cared more about high school track and field in Kansas than Verlyn Schmidt.

.. Schmidt. whose teams won 14 state championships during 1964-1981 as '. cross country and track coach at Shawnee Mission South. died

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"He'll forever be known as' Coach.' That's what he is," said Paul · . Schmidt, Verlyn's oldest son.

Paul Schmidt said track was his father's passion up to the day he died. After Verlyn Schmidt's coaching career ended in 1981. he became a prodigious historian of high school sports in the Kansas City area.

He spent countless hours at libraries gathering statistics and compiling information. He published more than 10 books chronicling all manner of high school sports minutiae.

"There's nobody in Kansas who knows track more," said Mike Naster, who is the current track coach at SM South. "The man was an encyclopedia. He'd probably know more about track than any five guys

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..' ;, As a coach -- and as a person -- Schmidt was a competitor. Known for _. :.: his booming voice, trademark stocking cap and green jacket. Schmidt commanded the respect of both his athletes and his competitors.

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· Karl Englund, who coached track at Shawnee Mission East for 40 years.

· said Schmidt raised the bar for others coaches.

"Verlyn was the kind of coach that made 'all of us better coaches:' Englund said. "We had to be to compete with his teams."

Joe Dodson, who ran cross country for Schmidt during 1971-73, said

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Schmidt's grueling practices prepared his athletes to perform. at their best.

"We-dsedto have aJoke~'Live;darigerously. run under Schmidt,'!' Dodson said .

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. . '" "He was your best friend," Dodson said. "He would listen to you, and he . would just talk with you if you wantedto,"

. , ..,' Paul Schmidt said his father had a no-quit attitude that he instilled in his ." :.':': . ,,:: runners. And Verlyn Schmidt demonstrated that attitude right up to the .'~, end. The day after he found out he had cancer, he was a referee in five

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Schmidt is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Paul, Jon and Scott; and '; :.'.-.' granddaughters Jenna, Cassie and Hannah. Visitation is scheduled for . '. .. ::' 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday at Cure Of Ars Church, 9401 Mission Road .

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,:/lvERL YN J. SCHMIDT Verlyn J. Schlnidt,64, of Overland Park, KS,

. ',':'!:passed away February 21,2001, at Menorah Medical Center. Mass of

,··t Christian Burial will be held at .10 am •. Monday, February 26, at the Cure ;"' of Ars Catholic Church. Intermentat Resurrectio» Ceme.1ery:,Le11:~~ KS. · ):!Friends n:ay call !:30-9 p.m. Sundar, FebruaryZfi, at the c:lUrch, where a

.< .Rosary WIll be Said at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests .·,'lcontributions to the Coach SchmidtMemorial Schp~~s~pFun"c;l,.c/o

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· 1 Schmidt was also a member of the Letterman's Club of Kansas University, J head track and cross- country coach for Shawnee Mission South High

. 1 School from 1966 to 1982. He had numerous state championships and

. '1 high scho?l Al~-.American a~letes. His passion about sports continued

· ... ·1 through his writing ~ports articles and books. He was a basketball referee ~ through Great American Basketball, eya and YMCA. He also coached ····lLittle League Basketball. He will forever be known as "Coach." He is

.. -, '1 su:vived by his ~if~, Barbara Schmidt of the home; s~ns, Paul A. and. ',,'!W1fe, Amy Schmidt of Olathe, KS, Jonathan E.and wife, Karen Schmidt

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.' Ii Park, KS; mother, Irene C. Schmidt of Hays, KS, brother, Stanley P .

.. . '. Schmidt of Friendswood, TX; sisters, Joan Wellbrock, Victoria, KS, Doris

.' < Macek-Humbaugh of Friendswood, TX and Lois Wagner of Las Cruces,

'lNM; three grandchildren, Jenna, Cassie and Hannah Schmidt.

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~. WILLIAM LA WRENCE SCH01TL~R William Lawrence Schottler,

· .linfant son of Jason T. and Connie J. (Brehm) Schettler, Overland Park, i KS, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at Shawnee Mission ·dMedical Center.Merriam.Kd. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, .: [February 24, at the Amos Family Chapel of Lenexa; burial in the

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.. '.<:;Ii.PAUL B. SEIBOLD SR. Paul B. Seibold Sr., 89, Kansas City in Clay . County, MO, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2001 at Woodbine . 'Health Care Centre. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 :30 p.m.

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t 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, at the church. The family suggests contributions ito Conception Abbey, Conception, MO 64433. Mr. Seibold was born

'. J August 30, 1911 in Kansas City and was a lifelong area resident. He

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From: Charles Redfield

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Here is the column that I'm doing for Friday's paper.

If you have a good picture of your father; we would like to use it. Plus; can you give me the information on his age. I will add the information about the visitation and funeral at the end of the column.

Hang in there. Charles Redfield

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It will be different this high school track season,

Verlyn Schmidt won It be there on the infield talking to coaches; athletes

and fans. Working to sell another book or justtalking, the fanner Shawnee Mission South cross country and track coach enjoyed distance running and the sport of track.

He would be seen talking to Blue Valley North distance runner Scott Loftin about distance running. He would be writing another freelance story for the Sun about his favorite sport.

The 6??-year old Overland Park resident died WednesAAY morning atabout 10:45 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park aftera short.hard-fought

battle with advanced cancer. , ' ' '

The former University of Kansas track great had a passion about the sport

, that very few possess today.' He would spend hours looking over old newspapers, gleaning information that would find its way into one of the

books he was researching. '

I can't name all the statistical compilations that Schmidt produced, but there was a legion, and more were on the way.

I would hear from Verlyn by phone around 9 p.m every once in awhile, talking about a fact that he had found or an idea that he had.

And the time would pass, and the passion was there for the sport he loved. 3Verlyn; it's 10 o'clock, and I want to watch the news," I would slip into

the conversation. 3Just one more thing," he would say. An hour later, he was still talking about his love < track and high school sports.

Schmidt's love for distance running dates back to his own participation in

, high school in Hays. A quarterback in football; short in height but not in fight, he ran distance races in the spring. He captured several state individual titles and attracted the attention oflegendary KU coach Bill

Easton, who offered him a scholarship. ,

Schmidt talked fondly of his days at KU and his relationship with Easton, which continued until Easton's death during the 1990s.

There were stories about legendary KU track athletes like Al Oerter, Wes Santee, Alan Frame and the legion of other stars for the Jayhawks' great

track teams inthe late 1950s. ' .

It was Easton's hard, driving style that characterized Schmidt'scoaching. Schmidt came to SM South when the school opened in the fall of 1965. He quickly built the cross country program to a very high level that he maintained through the years. He took over the track program around 1970;



and that program became the top track program in the state of Kansas during the 1970s ..

The summer months didn't see Schmidt relaxing at home. He was out running his summer track program for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

He was one of the first coaches in the area to work with Special Olympics. The Jayhawk was known for his aggressive style on the cross country course. He may have run as many miles getting to spots where he could talk to his runners as the harriers ran in the race.

He was known for his old, beat-up green stockingcap, Opposing runners tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to steal his hat.

The people touched by Verlyn's passion are many and scattered across the nation. His SM South cross country and track squads were almost always among the largest in the state of Kansas.

Sometimes his demanding style wore on his harriers. They would mumbleand mumble about how mean Coach Schmidt was. but today they respect him for what

he taught them about his sport and life. .

His former runners are legion. There isChannel 9 sportscaster Dave Stewart; former SportsCare director and present Kansas State team physician Dr. Dave Smith; and current state all-time best 3,200-nleter runnerBrent Steiner.

There is no way that I can recall all the names, but the number is not


Verlyn was relieved of his coaching duties in 1980, and he retired from teaching shortly after that, but he never lost his passion for the sport.

He may be gone from the veil of tears, but he will be remembered by the many lives that he touched down through the years.

To contact Charles Redfield, call 385-6081 or send an e-mail to credfield@sunpublications.com.

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February 19,2001

Dear Coach Schmidt,

I have heard through the coaching grapevine that you are having some health problems, and I am writing to . let you know that I am thinking of you and your fiuniIy and hoping that your body will respond to your 1m1tments.Ailer all track is just around the corner, and we need you out ' therewith us..

I have been coaching distance runners for 32 years now, and duriDg that time, I have looked to other coaches for help in trying to figure,out how to get kids to be the besttbat they can be. I looked to my ~coaches for help: Coach Lyon, Coach McGuire, and Coach Dodds. I looked to them for coaching methods and worko~tsand organization. Of all the kidsIteams that we competed against, 8M South was the yardStick !Wu' "9ie used ,to measureourselV'es.Itwasn~t a situation of trying to copy. workoutS. I knewt~t we CoUldn'tduplicate the work that you guys were doing. We looked at South and said, "maybe someday we can J;,c as good as they are. " Your kids were tough. The never gave up. ThCy raced the whole distance. There were times when we.beat some of yow guys. It was never a time to celebrate beating the green and yellow. It was more a' matterof·celebrating the feeIlng ofhaviDg p~ ourselves to thelbnits

of our abi1ity~ Your rumiers bro'Ught out the best in us, " .'

As a coach, I wanted totryand get out a lot ofrunners for my team like you. I was never as successmf" as you; when we were coaehingrivals .. I knew by your intense spiri4. that XC was important. I have always tried to pass that on to my runners. XC and distance running is very important regardless of what the other kids in school or the newspapers might say.

I knew that you were successful because you worked very hard at it as did your runners. I knew that if I wanted to be successful, then I was going to have to outwork the coaches of the teams that are the best in Kansas year in and year out. I am still. trying to do that. There is 'no high school coach that has impacted my coaching as much as you have. I will always be indebted to you fur that. I have a lot that I would like to do as a coach. I think that we do some things right.·l know that we can do them better. I want to do some summer and. seasonal races for young kids. You were awesome at doing this at 8M Park. I always felt that this was one of the things that you did that kept 8M South at the top of the distance

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I am looking forward to seeing you this spring. I am thinking of you.

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From: Marion J. Schmidt <mjschmidt@ruraltel.net:>

To: Paul Verlyn Schmidt <kujhawkS@ix.netcorn.com>

Cc: Paul (Verlyn) Schmidt <kujhawks@fx:netcom.com>;

Sent: Tuesday, February 20,2001 8:44 PM

Subject: Fw: Uncle Marion .

Paul, just wanted to be sure that Verlyn received this letter from his Uncle Marion and so we decided that we should send the mail to you also, so that you could be sure that he saw it. So please see that Verlyn receives this. Thank you.


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Subject: Uncle Marion

Dear Verlyn, When I heard that you were taking treatments, I thought and tlJought whatwould be the appropriate thing to do or say as I was not expecting this type of information, and it really upset me. And since I have never been on the best seller list of writers, I sincerely wanted you to know that you really matter to all of us. Especially since you are the oldest of all the grandsons in the family and since you have played such an important role. We are all "fery concerned and we all owe you so much for the great example, the goals you have accomplished, the patterns you have setand the good influence you have had on all of my Dad's Grandchildren.

We all have had our up's and down's, but I also know that you know that life-has. its turns and sometimes life can be painful. . However. knowing you and knowing what a fighter you are, coupled with your strong faith and spirituality in God, we all are

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God for a healing for you and comfort for you and your family.

All of us here in Hays stili remember your strong work ethics, working, working out, running and the sacrifices that you made to : attend K. U. plus your own coaching career; which was second to no one. Don nac;l, mentioned that one more victory and you

, would have been the winning track Coach in Kansas. I hope that my statistics are correct, but to me YOU were the best, second to none in athletics and life.

What I hope that I am saying to you, Verlyn, is that we all have lots of faith in you. We are all in the huddle with you, Let us share in the challenges for your immediate recovery. I know that you will reach inside yourself for that extra adrenaline, along wi1 your great character, drive and wilt Joined witl) all the prayers fromthe entire family and strength from above, you will be back ~ fun strength. Uncle Marion


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Wednesday, February 21, 2001 8:15PM Re:Questions about my dad ...

Your father was aCharnpion and taught us ail how to be Champions. I the years past.. .. myathletes have asked me "You talk about this Coach Schmidt all the time ... what was he like" .... I say "Gen. George S. Patton minus the foul language." I feel that your father ranks right up their with the General, We would not of won WWII withoutPatton. And I don't think South has won a State title since your father. Your father like .... the General, showed us thatwe had more in our selves than wethought possible. The Movie painted Gen. Patton as a ego maniac. Tfiis,is not true ... just

: read the Patton Papers. Patton knew the cost of battle ... he knew the lives of the men he commanded and risked his own life many ... many times. Your Father in 'Life profession" lived thesame values •... he cried with us in defeatand shed tears of JOY when we won. I will never forget the his.face when standing on 2 state victory stands .... He let us hold the

· trophy first, .. he was so Proud of us and it made all the hard work pay off He gave his time, his energy, his love ... to

· make men out of us. I know all of us griped about what workout we were goin to run ... but when we finished those 440's all of them under 65 .... there came the Big Smile .... "At - a- way Tiger or Crawdad! (depending on which of my nicknatneshe used}." The work paid off. He pushed us hard because be knew himself what it took to WIN. and Win ir , life. He told me two weeks ago on, the phone "Eric, there is not a bad one ofyou in the Lot. .. you all turned out great. .. ]

am proud of youall," .

My Best memory of your father was at tbe.1975 National Junior Olympicsin Ithica, New York. KevinKenny made it from the Kansas, Missouri, Iowa Region and I made it from the Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico Region. We ron the mile; I had run my senior X4C season and track season at Clear Lake H.S. Houston, Tx. I had not heard coaches' yelling voice in a year. There were 16 of us in the final. Kevin was in 7th place and I was in 8th place with 150 to go, We had run the first half in 2:09 and were about run. the last 112 in 2:06. I honestly was beginning to think "let them go" .. , I thought I was spent .... As we hit the flag pole at the top of the final curve. I looked up and there was coach in

· the stands leaning over the rail. .. at probably the 100 meter startingline. Coach yelled "Eric get movingr!!come on Tiger ... Kevin Get the lead outl!l, .. come on you guysll!ll" I had not heard that voice in a year. The Adrenaline kicked in ... Kevin and I both realized what we were made of .... and we gave every thing we had. We were spent at the line, I have the film. I was fifth in 4:15.24 and Kevin was 6th in 4:15.45. They gave 6 medals; I have never seen him prouder: he had two of his boys place in a Nationalmile event- in the same race. The winning time was 4:13.8. There are not many High School coaches can say that. He hugged us afterward .... It was a great way to fmish the high school part of my career.

He expected honesty up most., .. next give every thing have if you are going to attempt a challenge ... Never Quit! ...

, Always be gracious in victory and defeat... "IF you have fmished in either position and have run 100% of your ability then you can still walk away with honor, because God knows heart," Paul, every time I watch Chariots of Fire and and See Sam Mussabinni I think of your father. Also when Eric Liddle gets on the line and prepares to run the 400

final ... supposedly Jackson Schultz brings Eric a note saying ... " it says in the ole book 'He that honors Me ... Lwill also Honor' . rr ••••• I think of your Dad. And of course Liddell won the gold.

Well, your Dad's training methods were prepared us and peaked us right on the nose! I use them today ... they are part of my synthesis with what I learned from Al Lawrence and Danny Green. The Telephone poles are the base secret.

Jog I Stridel Sprint translate Physiologically to Slow Twitch! Fast Twitch Type A / Fast Twitch Type B Muscle fiber. My degree is in Exercise Physiology. thus when we went to the line to race ... our entire muscular arsenal was preoared to work at maximum! in all key areas ie. metabolically, electrolitically, and muscle fibril strength fitness. The key is that by running the Telephone Poles with his particular method ... your mental resolve was fortified. Because each one of those muscle fibers produce a different pain .... because the fuel used and the by-products ofcellular metabolism with


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each respective fiber are different. coaches today have kids just run 440's or repeat miles or sets of repeat 300's and that's the sole workout bout for the day. These type workouts do not replicate total race pain ... because you are not : constantly shifting gears. Of course in a race you have to shift gears .... if your going to win. but speaking as a college coach today .... to get the bulk of these kids to perform these work outs I without getting hurt! is like pulling teeth. Thej simply are not coming out of high school with the kind of preparation we developed at SMS. I have written a book which your father has; I have not published it yet; but I credit your father as giving me the foundation of what I know today. In fact in the book I call it the "Schmidt System. It

So, from coaching ethics to workout design, and next to my own father ... impressing on me to do the right thing and not cheat anyone, lowe to your Dad.

I also believe the Scholarship is' an excellent Gift!.

I hold you and your family up in Prayer in Thanksgiving for the Life ofVerlyn J. Schmidt.

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Eric Lathrop P.S. People nned to remember at South "WE Jog, Run or Sprint - we do not SIT at SOUTH!"

Also I'll send a pic - this' is the way we were taught to race UP FRONT!

Paul Schmidt wrote:

One and Ail! I preparation formydad's passing ... 1 want to gather yourthoughts about my dad ... 1. What was is primarY/best memory about my dad?2. What were is core coaching values?3. How did my dad impact you?4. Anything else .. I would like to provide insight during my dad's funeral and pass along your thoughts to my daughters. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Paul Schmidt P.S. Please stay tuned ... Something is being done to honormy da(fand his dedication to coaching and 8M S<?uth. .


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! Upon graduation for Clear Lake H.S. I got a Track Scholarship frOI:Q.. the University of Houston. WInle at Houston I qualified for two NCAA championships at 5000 (1978 an41979). I had.abest of ~4:00.1 After college I went to wed in the Y1yfCA (down in Bartlesville, Okla.). I eventually ended up at the Amarillo YMCA inJ989.In1986 though ... I began to coach a summer track club - High Plains 'Track Club here in Amarillo for youth. I was, still able to I'UI;la30:0( to 31 :00 10K so I was known in the conununity.· $0 in the fall of 1988 the Cross Countzyco;:lPll ~t Amarillo Highasker me to coach his varsity, He was getting OJl .... just did not have the energytoactively.get outtp.eir. He'd take.care of the business if I'd coach.I had a teaching.certification.in Texasanyay. So) could.at.least coach for ~m. Well the 19.88 team was 3rd at Regionals byIpt and did I1Qt get-to State. 1 did not know the-Track coach but still gazethedistance

, runners work oUts. forthat-spriag, One of my runners Jim Reagan was second in the Statemnning 4=~O, I. and later ran ; 4:09 at the-University of Houston. goningon Into theFall, the 1989X;.C team Was second at regionalsand was Jrdat the State Meet in Austin, In track that year Chad Mclaughlin was second in the 3200 meter in 9:77 .Lalso helped him

: get a scholarship to Houston, Chad is somewhere of in South America and works as an archaeologist. But this

I experience spurred me to go back to Kansas (my family and extended family now live in Topeka). and go to KU to get

a masters degree in Sport Administration and the second field - Biomechanics. But Paul the deal was that all those

i years in the YMCA and in Amarillo, I tried to break down the training. we did under your dad and figure out why he : 'was able to take any kid (who had desire), and buy the time he's a senior could run say 9:40 - a good hoss on a X-C

. team. Yes the kids with alittle more talent could run 4:20 or faster but his system built runners. The Telepnone training J is and mileage is what does it. You combine 100 miles per week for 7 months mileage, then cut the miles to 80 and rut

6 weeks of Telephone poles and track work your going to have a champion. But as your dad has probably told you, ala" of kids today don't want to work that hard; and the ones that do don't have the coaching to get them down to where the

, air is rare. I like Coach Green's track interval system, So my synthesis is mileage and Telephone poles and hill training I get from your father and when we do a track work sequence ... I apply what I learned from Green (which he really learned from his coach - Al Lawrence, Bronze medalist in the 10K at the 1956 Olympics running for Australia). In fact in February 1983 I went over to Oklahoma State to run a 5000. I was still in th. Yin Bartlesville; one of my old

i rivals from Arkansas was an Assistant coach their, He let me run unattached. It was rainy and cold (I still ran 12 miles per day every day - justa steady run), But I managed 14:51. My last track was at Houston 1980. Well, I went back to BartlesviIle. At ORU in Tulsa I met some Finns who knew Lasse Viren and they described his Fartlek schedule, it sounded remarkably similar to your dads, except that Viren ran them every fourth day every month. Under your dad WI ran them every weekday, but only for six weeks, he knew just how to peak. us, People from SM West would come out and spy on us, They'd try to copy us but since they did not know the intensity nor the duration, they just overtrained and got sick. But. from February to May 15th 1983 I ran "Schmidt" Telephone poles Gog at 5mph, stride at lOmphanc the sprint at 15 mph), but With the Lasse Viren sequence 'and on May 15 I went back to OSU and they were running a

; last chance meet to try nad help guys on the fence qualify for the ncaa meet; and they letopen guys run. Well I clicked offa 14:111 5K. All just off Telephone poles.

When I graduated from KU in 1993, I got ajob for that fall at West Texas A&M to re-start a Cross Country program for men and women, They had dropped both track and Cross Country in 1980, But the school had entered the Lone Star Conference NCAA div, II level and they need to add new sports, We still do not have track. I talked to your dad and he said go for it. He said It will take 10 years but you'll get it going. The thing was I had to start from scratch (no scholarships just walk -ons), I still am only able to give $500 to $800 per student-athlete per year, Other schools in our conference can give $5000 per year per student. But the endowment fund for cross coutnry will continue grow. Ou team sells "cheese on stick" (Velveta cheese in side a com dog)at our Memorial weekend fair called "Funf'est", kids will buy the things in droves, The fair is put on by the Junior League of Amarillo. I we can raise $2500 over the 3 days, But I get the high school kids that run 5:00 mile1l0:20 - 30 2 mile. They all have to work in the evening/and still


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study and run but we have still managed over the years to get 5th in the conference" out of 13 teams. In -1993 when We started out, we were last in the conference. But using what I learned from your dad I can still get someof themdown to a 4:25 mile and a 9:36 2 mile. Eventually, with funding I'll recruit the faster boys. The 4:20 and the 9:25 guys out of high school all get big scholarship offersfrom the div. I institutions and why burns me up is they don't run much faster when they get their. With what I have learned from your dad, if I couIdget somewhere with- funding; could recuit runners who realistically could reach the top talent wise, I could help bring back American distance running and help them get an Education in the process. At this years Oklahoma State Jamboree; I almost went over to Stanley Redwine and introduced myself. But thought it inapropriate to talk about any possible jobs when I was actively coaching somewhere else. My parents are still doing alright; they are now almost 70 my mom is doing fine but my dad has colonproblem (divericulitius) must be contantly kept in check. I guess if you getan infection in their you can be

gone quick. But like your dad he still is on the go every day and still works as an-engineer; My dad Was a tank .

commander andtrained the boys who went to Korea in the late stagesof thatwar, So my dad like coach ... will not give up at any - thing and will go til he drops. You know he' is not SUpposed toeat hotdogs, cold cuts arid chips that sort of thing, but 'when he's on-the road around eastern Kansas my-mom ean'tkeepan eye on what he eats. So, if an assitant jobcame up at Kansas, I just might take it. I have rambled here .... butthegreatest lesson I have learned from your dad is ... "Never Give Up!! ... Fighttothe Finishline! Use the GiftS that God gave you-to the fuIlesL.Even if you lose ... you can walk away withyour head high because inside you-knew you'd given every-thingyouhad-If that is all God asks, then don't worry whal others think of yourperformance" ... To this day ..• your dad is infact still Living his philosophy and - is still an inspiration].

If you have Jamie's address please forward it to me. I'll email your dad today.

Eric Lathrop




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Dave M Stewart <dstewart@hearst.com> Paul Schmidt

Wednesday, February 21,20012:05 PM Re: Questions about my dad ...


i'm so sorry about your dad. i had thought about him so much over the past couple weeks, and prayed for the family.

in response to your questions ...

i'll never forget the first time i met him in person. it was before my sophomore year at south and i was considering going out

for cross-country. i was a decent runner at nallwood, but didn't know ifi'd really pursue it in high school. my sister, who was 2 years older, encouraged me to try it, since it was important to be affiliated with some kind of group, especially in such a large school.

like i tell high school kids today. the relationships you form with other students and coaches and teachers last a lifetime. those tend to be the people who always mean the most.

anyway, coach schmidt and i met up at nallwood one summer morning, and he talked me into being a 'schmidt boy', as we were known in the building then. i.1eamed

a lot about myself through his coaching ... what my limits were, how to go BEYOND my limits, and how to develop a mental and physical toughness. as a 15 year

old, i didn't know that much about sacrifice or hard work. i learned in a .


i think the greatest value had-to be learning how to push myself beyond what seemed reasonable, and the satisfaction that carne with that effort and

. achievement. in my head, to this day, i can still hear him SCREAMING at me on the course at s.m.park, he knew the right buttons to push. i found him to be a tough but fair coach.

for the past 10 years or so, whenver i drove past 95th and antioch, i AL WAYS . looked for his name on the insurance sign, in front of that building. it always broke my heart that he wasn't able to continue coaching .. he gota raw deal ..

course, i remember silly things. kurt rasmussen and dave smith and i leaving pizza remnants on your front doorstep, [ras always wanted green pepper pizza] and running away. we never farmed the yard, but probably wasted some toilet paper in the trees. and i'll never forget the time dave smith, ras and i

missed our rides to s.m.park for a workout, and we decided to run out there from school, since none of us had a car that day. by the time we got to the park,

the team was gone, my mom ended up picking us up, and i'm not sure your dad EVER believed we ran all the way out there.


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obviously, my memories of him are priceless. his influence was significant in my life in so many ways.

dave stewart


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Paul, I am sorry to hear about that. We'llkeep praying.

I sent some earlier reflections concerning the respect I had for your father and his coaching efforts. In my opinon he was the Tom Osborne of high school cross country coaches. He always seem to find a new superstar or superstars ever year that would just come out of a nearby cornfield.

One instance, that he will never adinit too but it was my senior year and it was the 1978 regional track meet. My only competition was two runners from his school in the two mile Smith & Steiner). I had the fastest time of the midwest going-into the meet but my mother had past away-from cancer the day before and I was pretty detachedfrom competition.

Coach Schmidt had shared some kind words to me before the meet but it is what happened during the race that still , leads me to believe that Coach Schmidt had a hand in it.

Mark Sageser <spotlt@southwind.net> Paul Schmidt

Wednesday, February 21. 2001 8:38 AM Re: Questions about my dad ...

I gained the lead on the fmallapfrom his two runners and was expectingto hear a barrage of screaming and yelling from the man in the stocking cap. Bobby Knight couldn't compare totheverbal onslaught that Verlyn Schmidt would release in this situation. Their was not a single scream but words of encouragement as I passed by and ended up winning the race. 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 was shown by his team.


Here is something that comforts me when someone close to me dies.

: Pearl Buck in a book called the Big Wave tells about a little boy, maybe 6 years old. Because of a typhoon. 'The Big Wave", people all around him were being killed. He hears about death on the radio, and sees his parentscryand hears

them talk about so many of their friends and family who have died. ' .

Of course, he is very frightened, because everyone else is.

But he really doesn't know what he is scared of.

One night he asks his dad, "What.is dead anyway?"

And his Dad thinks about it for a while and then says.

"Can you remember when you were born?"

And the little boy laughs and says, "Of course not, I was too little," And his father says,

"Well, when you: were born, you came through a gateway.

We aren't sure where you came from, before you got in your mama's tummy, but you came from a time and place that God planned.

We were anxious for you to get here and for you to be born. But you were in no hurry in all and in fact you were late."

. And the boy asks, "Didn't I want to get born?"

And his father says, "No, not really, because it was hard for you.

You were scared. You were scared of coming into this strange existence called life. You thought it might hurt and it did.

You wanted to stay where you were, where it was nice and warm.

And the boys asks, "Didn't I know getting born was just coming through a gate?'

And his father says, IINo. You were afraid because you didn't know where you were going of how, or what was on the other side.

I think dying is something like being born."

And the boy says, "You mean dead is a gate, too?



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And his father says, "Maybe, Maybe it is just another gateway to another place we do not understand. No human being

has gone through the gate and come back. But we, as Christians, know that God planned it alL " "

God planned for us to be born and come through the gate called death to something else.

Now we don't know what is on the other side of that gate.

Sometimes people call it heaven, but nobody really knows what is or what happens there. But because God planned it,

because God is in charge, we know it is OK. Better than OK."

Peace be with you and your family,

Mark Sageser

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From: "Paul Schmidt" <k4ihawks@ix.netcom.com> Date: Wed,21 Feb 2001 OO:3-bOO -0600

" To:<Undisclosed.;Recipient:;@mindspring.com;> Subject: Questionsaboutmy dad.,

One and All!

I preparation for my dad's passing .. .1 want to gatheryourthoughts"aboutmy dad ... 1. WhElt was". i~" primary/best memory about my dad?

" 2. What were is core coaching values? "

3. How did my dad impact you?

4. Anything else ..

I would like to provide insight during my dad's funeral and pass along your thoughts to my daughters.

Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Paul Schmidt

P.S. Please stay tuned.,.Something is being done to honor my dad and his dedication to coaching and SM South.


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From: <Brentkat@aol.com>

To: <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

, Cc: <BarbSchmidt97@aol.com>

Sent: Wednesday, February 21,2001 3:52

Subject: Re: Questions about my dad ...

Hello Paul-

I am very sorry for the death of your father. As you know, he was a very

good man and affected many of us in very positive ways. In response to your questions there were numerous memories I've had with your dad. The most impressive memory is the coach/athlete relationship we developed which can be compared to no other. Especially when you compete at a yery high level.

Your father instilled that if you set goals, worked hard, and stay dedicated,

that you will succeed and achieve your dreams. Most important, I trusted

your father, believed in his philosophy and was fortunate to have a very successful running career. As you know, I went tp Arizona State I.Jl1d Kansas and struggled with those programs. It wasn't until my senior yearinCollege when I took myself off a full scholarship and began to train and race the way

I did in High School and achieved getting back to national status. Verlyn's training program works. Still, to this day many of the workouts I do reflect

the things I did 20+ years ago with Verlyn.

I can honestly say that Verlyn had a huge impact on the rest of my life. He persuaded me to try out for track during my sophomore year instead of playing

.baseball, Remember that I played football in the Fall instead of running cross-country. Somehow he convinced me to run and it was a turning point in my life. I almost quit after the first week (1 had never run more than 3-4

miles at one time before) because we were running 7-10 miles a day ... .1 was sore, tired, and not having fun! I ran junior varsity the first meet and

broke five minutes for the mile and that got me hooked. I moved up to the varsity team running second to Steve Smith all year but kept improving. Then came Fall of my Junior year ..... do I play football (my favorite sport) or run cross-country? Well once again, your father sold me on cross-country and the rest was history .... 5-time State Champion (3-track, 2-XC) and National XC Champion.

I have been hooked on endurance sports ever since. Upon graduating from college, I coached Women's Track at KU, then proceeded to try and make it to the '88 Olympic trials (thus moving to Arizona for winter training). A foot

, injury held me back and that's when I was introduced to the sport of 'Duathlon' (running and cycling). As a 'Pro' duathlete I competed in the

Coors Light National Duathlon Series from 1988-1992 and was a consistent top three :fmisher ultimately winning the Series in 1990. In 1992 Coors Light pulled their sponsorship which ended my career as a 'pro'

, and I soon became an independent sales representative for several of my sponsors. Eventually I was offered a position with Cannondale Corporation and my current position is Account Manager for Bicycles for Arizona, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. We have just launched a motorsports division and I will be involved with selling and distribution of motorcycles, quads (ATV's), and other motor sport vehicles.


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Currently I still compete in some running events (recently ran 32:30 10K), a few duathlons, and numerous mountain bike racing events (since I sell mostly mt. bikes). I am currently leading the Arizona State Mt. Bike Series

(vet/expert class). .

If I can sum all of this up .... Verlyn is the one that got me involved in running and endurance sports. He saw something that no one else could (not even my father). And because of that, I have had a lot offun and

interesting things happen to me in my life. I still-enjoy racing and being

fit, have a job that s related to my passion, have a great wife who also is a runnerlbicycIist, and I live in a great part of the country. I am very

thankful for the things I have. .

Paul there have been many,many occasions that I have thought about your father through the years. Unfortunately I am bad at corresponding and you don't know about them. But I can honestly say thathe has been one of the most influential people in my life and I'm sure you are hearing-that from others as well. Sorry to be so long winded ..... .I hope everyone is doing as well as possible and will look forward to seeing you soon.


Brent Steiner


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Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 6:30 PM

Subject: Re: Fw: Questions about my dad ...

Hello Everyone; I ran on the '72 and '73 X-C team. But my encounter with Coach came back in 7th grade at Nallwood. Coach would come down. in theevenings and talk to us in the lunch hall. He would showed films - From Anderson to Mitch Powlas, Joe Dodson & Charlie Gray .... we learned all the names ... the people who had gone before us. He preached that if you came out for X-C, at South we be winners .... he said that there was an A team; a B. team and a C team. Everybody has a chance to get medals and be a part of a group.I was one of those kids who

could not catch a football, make a basket... in point of fact I had severe

Dyslexia. But I could run. Jim Glennon and Mr. Knorr would give him names of kids that fmished with out walking either the 3/4 mile, mile & a 1/4 or 9th

, graders ran I think a mile and a 112. As ~7the;rad~rI'dc,onie out for gyPl class

and stand on my number - look 'behind q1~Q.P on the wall and se,~the $cllC?61 record . in the mile ... Ryan Eichner 4:51.4. Then 'Gleanon would have us run b¢for~ we did any thing else. Glennon and Knorr picked out the 'kids that were not tnaybe the fastest - but the kids that had guts ... the non-quiters, That is whatcoach

wanted.'. because he knew that with desire he could make us into champions , whether it was A, B, C teams. In his eyes werehis runners all of'iJs. Ifwe got

alittle prima donna-itis, those thoughts were quickly erased by the next

telephone pole. In those meetings at Nallwood after the films he ten us that we needed to run mileage to build our wind and hearts. So David Smith, David

Stewart and I would run in the pitch dark (an hour or two after dinner) ... from

the Nallwood school area over to the light at Roe arid 95th. and run back. Coach gave us maps of the whole area ... with notations down to the 114 mile interval,

Hey here was this high school coach who seemed real organized. cared. about us no '. matter how fast., and hey was a History teacher too. That is a draw for young

: men .. that is sadly missing today in many areas. He mentored us ... told us that

God gave us ability beyond our dreams, that in the long run it was better to tell

. the truth - that we really had #3 1I4's left instead of the #2 we were

, professing ... (Charlie Redfield always had a watchful eye, anyway), As I sense it ... he told us that we all had value whether you were number 1 or number 7 .... we all have a role to play ... today when I go to a meet in the Texas panhandle to recruit - you'd be suprised how often the score gets tied and number 7 suddenly becomes the field goal kicker (and out in this part of Texas with IA and 3A schools that may not be too far from the truth - some of these kickers and 3rd string boys sit on the on the Bench at a game in some place called

Muleshoe .... then get on the Bus at 5:30 am on Saturday traverse the 2 hours to Lubbock for a X-C meet). I have often thought that if Coach had taught in the Texas Panhandle, he is the only man that could ever have wiped out football. Those second and third strings boys would have found it is alot more fun to win

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at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, on a crisp Saturday morning ... than freeze your fanny on a bench in Muleshoe, Hart, Dimmitt or Groom, Tx. Hey, you may get a medal and for sure .... get a descent meal at the Golden Corral in

Plainview ..... on the way home. .

God Bless you Coach Schmidt.. .. Hope too see alot ofyou on Sunday. Eric Lathrop '72 and '73 .

Brentkat@aol.com wrote:

> Hello All.. ... .it is nice to see the correspondence ... .it's been a while for > some of us (like myself).


> I once heard someone speak about themselves as being made up of different > layers of 'fabric'. This 'fabric' is what determines who we are, what we

> are made of, and our approach towards life.


> I have been thinking about that comment the last few days and I think we can > all agree that Verlyn 'Coach' Schmidt had definitelybeen a 'piece of fabric'

> in each and every one of our lives.

> .

> Taking it a step further .... that piece of fabric couldbe represented as part

> of your suit jacket (something youproudly wear andIooksnlcejperhaps an > everyday shirt (something that makes you feel comfortable), or even an old > pair of socks full of holes (no doubt Verlyn had some Imperfections'fike us

>~. !


> No matter where youwant to place that piece.of fabric, you have to admit > that Verlyn has had some positive impact on your life and I am proud that

> he has been a big part of mine. God Bless Verlyn BrentSteiner

> .

> p.s.- I will look forward to seeing all of you who will be attending > Verlyn's services.


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David Aaronson

Coach Schmidt has cancer!!!

I'm looking to track down former runners that my dad coached. I want to get the word out that my dad has cancer and the diagnosis is terminal. I expect my dad to be around no more than 6 months. My dad would love to re-/ive the glory days with you. Please contact meat kujhawks@ix.netcom.com and I will provide contact information.


Paul Schmidt

Re: Coach Schmidt has cancer!!!


I was not a runner for your dad, but he was my social studies teacher. We also had a mutual interest in baseball cards, and Coach Schmidt bought all my best cards,

Please teU him I always appreciated him and wish you and your family the best.


Michael Scheele

Re: Coach Schmidt has cancer!!! .

So sorry to hear about your dad's condition. J wish him the best of times in what he has left. Treasure every moment you have with him. They are priceless. I know, I have lost both of my parents, may God be with your family at this difficult time.

Class of '68

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Jennifer Dodson 2121/2001 5:49:12 PM


John Thomas 2/2112001 11:46:25 PM


Your bad isa very good man, Although, as it seems to be, God takes those whom are spedal ... early. My Father died from cancer when I was 14. My life has never been the same ... but it has been very good, and so shall yours.

God Bless.

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Dear Paul,

I did not run for your father, but my dad (Joseph G, Dodson) did. I've played in many sports through out high school along with cross country. Your father came up many times when my dad helped ·me with my running. My father taught me that the hills are my friends and that they can bea·advantage with running and not a disadvatage! The things that your father taught my dad in running did help him with his passion, butalso with how my dad related with lifel My dad and I were talking this afternoon after he found out the sad news. He was standing there in the door way and held his hand above his head and said" I held Coach Schmidt this high tMtis how much I respect the man and what he has-done for me". Your father has made a deep impact on my father. We will be coming down for the services. I am truelysonyto hear about your



Jennifer S Dodson

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My sister told me about the sad news. Your father coached me in summer track for about 8 years I think. I loved high jumping for him and running as well. My father passed away a few years ago so I know how hard it is. My father actually knew your dad quite well as he was an avid runner at the high school. We will keep you in our prayers ..• take-care! Hope you can find relief for your pain in knowing how many children and adults he positively affected!

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Monday, February 05,2001 9:43 AM Re: Coach Schmidt has cancer!!!

ient: ;ubject: )aul,

am so sorry to hear that. I know what you are going through. My Dad lied a few years ago from cancer. I will pray for Coach and his family.

"hose where the days. I still run today. I ran half marathon in anuary. To this day I credit your Dad for helping me want to run.

remember riding in his pick up truck to high schools to run summer rack. I was so in awe of him. Rarely in life does one man make a lifference. Coach did that for me at a very young age. He made me a letter person because I accomplished thing under his lead.

never got to run under him in high school. That is one biggest .. What fs' in life.

~eep me informed. I will pass this along. Give me an address to mail etters to. I know a few people that do not have email address I can ontact,

Ify prayers and thoughts are with you,

atrick Busch



I hope life is treating you well. I remember the summer days of summer track and other fun activities.

I want to get the word out that my dad has cancer and the diagnosis is terminal. I expect my dad to be around no

iore than 6 months. I would love for you to forward this information out to any former runner that you stay in contact rith, My dad would love to re-live the glory days with you or them. Please contact me at kujhawks@ix,netcom.com


Paul Schmidt


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Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2001 10:02 PM

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Quoting PAUL SCHMIDT <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>:


j Thank you for letting me know. I have emailed David Smith; David is now the

: staff physician at KSU. Of course you probably see David Stewart from the ABC Sports channel in KC. I don't know where Jim Nicolay is, nor Curtis Martin or

· C; Steve McCarter. I'm sure you can find Ray or Kevin Kenny through the

I Classmates. com. As you found me in Classmates.com you might be able to find some others. One can list in their high school for free. but I have not paid

_o! the 29.95 yet so that I can access some of these old teammates. I'll look in to

I that tomorrow morning. If you have any of these guys emails please let me know.

I,ll email them and maybe we could arrange a get together for coach. I will

"I plan a trip home soon then. I teach and coach out here at West Texas A&M

I University ... it is 10 miles south of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. I understand from David Stewart that Jamie McPhee lost his wife to cancer last -, year. I am sure Jamie will make a trip home to Kansas. I ran on the 1972 and

· the 1973 State Teams. Then my senior year my parents moved to Houston. Their I was coached by Danny Green at Clear Lake. He-is now at The Woodlands. In the "0.1 course of my relationship with him; I became friends with U.S. mile great Len Hilton. In July I got a call from Coach Green that Len had died on July 4th

from Pancreatic cancer. Coach Green and some former teammates then decided.

··1 well ... that we all needed to get togther for a reunion .: and we did a week

· before Thanksgiving. Coach Green said-to me then "son have you talked to Verlyn Schmidt?" I said ... not in a year probably. He said "well like me ... he is

o •• J probably not getting any younger." Green hadjust won his 10th State title in Texas. I believe I have been coached by two of the greatest high school Track and cross country coaches in U.S. History. I will be in touch ... and Prayers

1 with Coach, you and your family - Eric Lathrop

P.S. Have you tried to find the Ryan and Reed Eichner? ... I will try and locate them and make contact.

> Eric, >

> It has been a long time . .I remember. the fun of hanging with the teams my > dad coached. I want to get the word out that my dad has cancer and the > diagnosis is terminal. I expect my dad to be around no more than 6

> months. I would love for you to forward this information out to any

> former runner that you stay .in contact with. My dad would love to

> re-live the glory days with you or them. Please contact me at

> kuihawks@,ix.netcom.com

____ U>


> Thanks, >


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ubject: RE: Coach Schmidt takes a turn for the worse .. UPDATE!! URGENT!

am writing everyone on this list to celebrate the life ofVerIyn Schmidt. am a far better man for having known him. There have been only a couple f people in my life I can genuinely say always supported me, believed in

ie, and never doubted me. Verlyn was one of those people. He always looked ast my success and failures. seeing the essence of who I really am. And

or that I am very grateful and eternally blessed.

a.eternal gratitude and blessings

cott Lofquist

hawnee Mission South

'ross Country "C'' team 1975 . r arsity Track 1976-1978

)0 IT NOW ... DISCOVER ABUNDANCE rakeupandlivenow.com

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ubject: Re: Coach Schmidt takes a turn for the worse .. UPDATE!! URGENT!

am writing this on behalf of Paul.

is with deep sadness and regret to report that we lost Coach Schmidt

ound 10:45 AM today @ Menorah Medical Center. He passed on peacefully ith the love and comfort of his Wife, Barb and Son's Paul, Jon, & Scott


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=rom: ro: :;ent: :;ubject: laul

<Stampkeper@aol.com:> <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com:> Wednesday, February 21, 2001 8:47 Re: Questions about my dad ...

vIy brother has always been a true example of a Grandpa's family. Intensity md drive in EVERYTHING he did. A true desire to do or be the best. That's he only way a Schmidt knows how to be.


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;. .

, From: Reed Eichner <reichner@satx.rr.com>

To: Scott R. Lofquist <scott@wakeupandlivenow.com>; 'Ramona Shull' <RKShull@healthmidwest.org>; <Craig.Carter@aa.com>; <JamesHall@acli.com>; <Craig_Carter@amrcorp.com>; <brentkat@aol.com>;

<.; <Jlawkstate@aol.com>; <LaC1 HocFan@aol.com>; <pokerpal@aol.com>; <superior1@aol.com>;

<Un Pablo@aol.com>; <cjohnson@bridge.com>; <wlauterbach@fivestarspeakers.com>; <dstewart@hearst.com>; <Jshouse@hrblock.com>; <jneustaedter@hscglobal.net>; <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>; <joden@kcnet.com>; <elathrop@mail.wtamu.edu>; <tpetrehn@midusa.net>; <dwiggin@mindspring.com>; <frontier255@mindspring.con <scheele@mjscheele.com>; <moodylancer@msn.com>; <mlauterbach@rtkl.com>; <french1@samissions.com>; <pat.t.busch@sherwin.com>; <sonaster@smsd.org>; <spotlt@southwind.net>; <credf

- \ Cc: <barbschmidt97@aol.com>

Sent: Wednesday, February 21,200111:18 PM

Subject: Coach Schmidt

To Barbara & Family:

I am greatly saddened that Coach passed away this morning and want to express my deepest sympathy to all of you. We were all hoping and praying ···I! that he would pull through this illness and live to be 120. I take some

solace in knowing that he was a devout Christian, and right now he's with God, looking down on us with stopwatch in hand, reminding us to live every "'r moment to the fullest ... and to never quit.


Coach always drove us very hard and there were many, many times that we cursed him for it ... except when we were with him on the victory stand, accepting all those awards. I personally have a box full of medals somewhere . in a closet that mean relatively little to me now. What matters is that he

.~.,· .. I inspired us to be the best athletes and men we could be, regardless of what team we were on.



Coach instilled in us many values that we could only fully recognize when we truly grew into adulthood. Hard work .. .leadership ... persistence ... team

spirit ... giving your best, and graciousness in winning and defeat. He

taught us to he winners in all walks of life. He taught us to be tough. He taught us humility in many ways, not the least of which was suffering through eight repetitions of the "Monster", now just another steep street

J.. rolling past "Corporate Woods". I cursed him after each and every one of

" those hills, trying to convince him that he was absent-minded and lost track of the true count ('tyup Coach, we just finished the last one" ... really only

.I did six). But now, I can, outlast just about anyone and anything.

He told me I would thank. him one day. That day is long past due. I thank .J you Coach and hope to see you in heaven. I will miss you greatly.

Peace & Love to your family in Christ Jesus,

Reed Eichner

SMS Class of 1976


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:rom: Paul Schmidt

·0: Paul Schmidt <kujhawks@ix,netcom.com>

jent: Wednesday. February 21,2001 8:07 PM

'ubject: FW: Your Father

----Original Message-----

~rom: Jim Spicer [mailto:Jim.Spicer@adelphiacom.comJ lent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 5:06 PM

"o: paul.schmidt@veritas.com

iubject: Your Father

-Ii Paul,

don't believe you know me, but I knew your father very well back when I .ttended S.M. South H.S. from '77 to '80. I threw the shotput and discus or the track & field team.

was shocked and saddened to hear that your father was ill and had passed oday - he was a special man and one I will not forget!

can only imagine the loss of a father, however I hope that it will comfort -ou and your family to know that your father touched many hearts. There vere many people back in my High School days that will never forget this nan. A man who gave inspiration, motivation, and that "winning" attitude.

n closing. there were many fun times with your father back when I went to :MS - but then again, what would anyone expect from a Coach with the titles nd winning seasons he had!!

n closing, if I can be of any help please do not hesitate to ask. I can be cached at (724) 743-9578.

viy condolences, and may God Bless you and your entire Family.

'im Spicer


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ient: Thursday, February 22, 200112:01 PM

iubject: The Power of Coach Schmidt

tIost coaches are only as good .... as strong as the people who make up the team. Coach Schmidt was always bigger han the team. He challenged those with little potential to exceed beyond their expectations. As. a soldier of God, he haped our future and made us men and women - even those who were known to wear a little mustard.

Ve ail will remember in time that it was his belief and understanding that each person should strive to be the very best. :oach Schmidt reasoned that if you practiced hard enough you would find meaning in running.

1 1979, he helped me find meaning in life.

'raig Carter 'lass of '79

»"Scott R. Lofquist" <scott@wakeupandlivenow.com>02l21101 06:51PM »> am writing everyone on this list to celebrate the life of Verlyn Schmidt.

am a far better man for having known him. There have been only a couple

f people in my life I can genuinely say always supported me, believed in

le, and never doubted me. Verlyn was one of those people. He always looked sst my success and failures, seeing the essence of who Lreally am. And

)r that I am very grateful and eternally blessed.

1 eternal gratitude and blessings

cott Lofquist

hawnee Mission South

ross Country "C'I team 1975 arsity Track 1976-1978

o IT NOW ... DISCOVER ABUNDANCE akeupandlivenow.com

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.om: Ramona Shull [mailto :RKShull@healthmidwest.org] ent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 12:15 PM

J: Craig.Carter@aa.com; JamesHall@acli.com; Craig Carter@amrcorp.com;

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From: Jennifer Bowersock

To: <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

Sent: Friday, February 23, 20018:50 AM

Subject: (no subject)

Dear Paul,

( am sorry it took so long for me to respond to you, we were out of the country and just returned. My mother called me :0 tell me the sad news about your father's death. I am so sorry to hear about it. Your father was a wonderful man and 1 fantastic coachl! He touched all of our lives in such a special way. Of all my memories of High School, the

ime spent with him and the-team remain the most special! It was a once ina lifetime experience and he made it that Nay! I just wanted you to know how much he meant to me and to all of his runners - he was extraordinary!

: will defmitely send a contribution to the Scholarship Fund in his memory. My thoughts and prayers are with you and rour family.

Gnd Regards,

'ennifer Luck Bowersock

) AUL SCHMIDT wrote:

· Jennifer,

· How are things? How's your family and brother? I recently ran into Lauren Compton.

· I want to get the word out that my dad has cancer and the diagnosis is terminal. I expect my dad to be around no lore than 6 months. I would love for you to forward this information out to any former runn:er that you stay in contact vith, My dad would love to re-live the glory days with you or them. Please contact me at kujhawks@ix.netcom.com

" Thanks,

Paul Schmidt



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From: Lois Wagner

To: Schmidt. Paul <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

Sent: Thursday. February 22.2001 9:11 PM

Subject: Thinking of you

Paul - we are so sad that this has happened. I don't have the words to express the void that exists for me and can't imagine th feelings you an must be experiencing at this time. You asked for memories or stories from friends and family about your dad. fl have been coming to terms with all of the sad news - these thoughts emerged. I send them along to you, your mom, brothers, wives, and those special little girls that meant so much to him. I hope that the images this poem evokes bring peace and specie memories for you all.

Run, run, soar Along country roads,

~ .. 1 Across the well-worn ruts

Of tractors, combines, and wheat trucks, Past golden fields waving in the sun.

And mammoth sunflowers swaying in the breeze .

. '.J

.. i On the wings of monarch butterflies Let your spirit glide

Above the pain and sadness.


There is peace at sunset.

There is love, unspoken but deeply felt. at sundown.

J Glide, glide, rest.

...... ) Take care,

. Lois and Bob


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~rom: K Pyke <ktspyke@media-net. net>


;ent: Friday. February 09, 2001 9:03 AM" "

;ubject: Re: Coach Schmidt has Cancer!

never had your dad unless it was maybe for driver's ed. But I don't think had him then since I did it at Shawnee Mission East. I started at South

IS a Jr.- I was in the 2nd graduating class. But, as the school became a eaIity and we blindly stammered through those first week, then months and 'ears in a new building we were all like family-not like students and

aculty, It was like one big extended family. Everyone knew everyone as we mited together.

tee, there are lots of Schmidts in Hays. Which ones are related to you? I Iso see that you must have allegiance to KU. That's where I graduated rom. I was there from 68;..72. Then I couldn't bear to leave Lawrence so I lrove back and forth for my first year of teaching at Piper USD in Kansas ~ity, Kansas.

fyou would consider sending me your dad's address I'd like to send him a ard or two. As I said, treasure each moment. r wish I still had my

arents. But, the memories are what makes you get through each day.

:athy (Newlin) Pyke

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'rom: <KUJHA WKS@IX.NETCOM.COM> "o: <ktspyke@media-net.net>

:ent: Thursday, February 08, 2001 11:54 PM lubject: Coach Schmidt has Cancer!

· Kathy,

· How did you know my dad? We you in one of his classes. I see that you

· live in Hays, KS. Is that correct? My dad grew in Hays and we have

· extended family around the Hays Area.


• This message was sent via Planet Alumni.

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· If this email is spam please forward it to:

· slQ2Port@planetalumni.com

2/2 VOl

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Philip Ciesielski <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com> Monday, February 05, 20014:40 PM Re: Coach Schmidt has cancer!!!

'm very sorry to hear about your dad. I know from more than one family experience how hard this can be. I remember he fun we had on the track and x-country teams at South. There was a lot of hard work, but I remember the g()OO

imes, your dad and my teammates the most.

Jnfortunately I haven't been good at keeping in touch with people from high school and can't readily assist you in. :ontacting any other team members. Let me know how I can contact your dad, or if you are setting up a group to visit lim I'd like to try and see him. In the mean time pass along a hello for me.

'm truly sorry to hear this news. please keep me informed as you see appropriate.


)hilip E. Ciesielski. E.LT.

Water District No.1 of Johnson County. KS r601 Holliday Drive

Cansas. City. KS 66106


n3-895-1828 (FAX) ,ciesielski@waterone.org

-» "PAUL SCHMIDr' <kuihawks@ix.netcom.com>02l04/0112:29AM»> )hil,

t has been a long time . .I remember the fun of hanging with the teams my dad coached. I want to get the word out that ny dad has cancer and the diagnosis is terminal. I expect my dad to be around no more than 6 months. I would love or you to forward this information out to any former runner that you stay in contact with. My dad would love to reive the glory days with you or them. Please contact me at kujhawks@ix.netcom.com


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From: Marc Frey

To: <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

Sent: Monday, February 05,2001 11:29 AM

.. , Subject: Coach

I'm sorry to hear about Coach Schmidt. Hang in there with many prayers. Do you have a mailing address so I can send him a card and a note about what's been going on? He will be happy to hear that I've run a marathon, and my second in only 13 days away!

! Sincerely,

j Marc Frey !


PS Rock Chalk!



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Mark Lauterbach <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

Monday, February 05,2001 11:19 AM coach schmidt


I received your email this morning, and in shock about your dad. I would love to contact him any way you think. best. Please email me tele., address, email address, and any more update on your dad.

I have and always had an incredible amount of respect for him and all that he did for me. He helped so many people achieve so much in this sport, and was always unselfish about his methods; I excelled as a runner only because of his ability to get the very most out of my potential. and taught me to believe in myself and what I could attain.

I tested that last year in my first Marathon, and during that event

and 6 months of training I reminisced often about him and my SMS buddies. I'm sure that I finished it because of what I learned from Coach 20 something years ago.

I'm sure this is a tough time for you now but please know that you have many out there that feel the same way I do. lwiU pray and contact as many other XC guys that I can.

Take care, Mark


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?'rom: Matt Jackson <Matt.Jackson@uscm.org>

ro: 'Paul Schmidt' <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 11 :26 AM

S·ubject: RE: Coach Schmidt takes a tum for the

;:Jaul, my prayers for your dad have intensified ...

was planning on taking time next week and really thinking through what I wanted to say to your dad, thinking he still had a good several months.· this may not be as polished or thought-throug~h but please read this to him or let him see it.


(au will forever be a part of my life and my high school memories. Lessons and disciplines that I learned with you are still a part )f my life today. And they are a part of the heritage I wish to pass on to my children.

(au taught me the value of discipline and working toward a goal and not giving up. I can recall how hard we worked in our raining and in our running and how we never let up.

(au taught me how to proceed forward even ifthe face ofpain, Whereas I have used this skill often in running, it has also ransferred into many areas of my life.

rhese are lessons that I am also trying to pass on to my 5 children, especially as my oldest son Is beginning to run track. I will lave to try hard as I am motivating my son to not invoke the names of "Shawnee Mission Northwest" or "Craighead"!

shall never forget the first time I met you, Coach Schmidt. It was 19761 and I had just won the district 800 for 7th graders. The irst person who greeted me at the finish line was not my mom, not my teammates, not my Jr. high coach, The first person to meet ne at the finish line was you! And you had in your hand a sign-up form for a summer track program!

o/Iy prayer for you is that you will be ready to meet the Lord. In some ways f am envious of you because soon you will see Godin :III of His glory and wonder. You will step into eternity and see Him face-to-face. Since I chose to pursue my relationship with the .ord back in 1982, the day I would get to see my Lord face-to-face has always been what I pointed to and hoped in.

pray that you will find His peace, His mercy, His grace, His forgiveness and His love through our Lord Jesus Christ. The jreatest demonstration of love our universe ever has had was when Jesus died to pay the penalty for our rebellion and sin. May 'au embrace His incredible love for you. Romans 5:8, Titus 3: 2-7. Perhaps Paul can tell you more.

lIy wife EB and I, along with our kids, send our love. Best of grace to you, Coach Schmidt!

"att Jackson

-----Original Message-----

From: Paul Schmidt [mailto:kujhawks@ix.netcom.com] Sent: Wednesday, February 21,200112:53 AM

To: Tony Petrehn; Scott Williams; Scott Lofquist; Ryan Eichner; Reed Eichner; Reed Eichner; Ramona Shull; Philip Ciesielski; Paul Schmidt; Paul Schmidt; Paul Clark; Pat T. Busch; Mitch Powlas; Mike Scheele; Mike Naster; Mike Maddox; Matt Jackson; Mark Sageserj Mark Lauterbach; Marc Frey; Karl Englund; John Lawless; Joe Dodson; Jay·Shouse; James Hall; Eric Lathrop; Don Steiner; Dave Wiggin (E-mail); Dave Stewart; Craig Carter; Craig Carter; Clint Johnson; Charlie Redfield;.Brent Steiner; Bob aden; Bm Lauterbach; Jeff Neustaedter

Subject: Coach Schmidt takes a turn for the worse •••


I wanted to let you know my dad has taken a dramatic and severe turn for the worse. Monday night he finished his last treatment of Chemo for round 1. Between 8pm Monday and 10/11 am Tuesday, his vitals and survival diminished severely. He is currently under sedation with Morphine to ease any discomfort that he might have.


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;ent: iubject: 'aul,

Scott Williams <Rebscott72@webtv.net> Paul Schmidt

Friday, February 09, 2001 11:25 AM thanks from scott williams

"hank you very much for the information about your dad. lance again xpress my deepest sympathies regarding his medical condition. My wife also a 1979 SMS grad) and I will hope and pray for your father's nproved health.

Il no small way did your dad affect my life in a positive manner. In act, I can honestly say that his influence over the way I have chosen :> live my life was more profound than any other male in my life xcepting my dad (who knew your dad pretty well and respected and njoyed him immensely.) .

lIy own father passed away last year of a rare, unexpected, and deadly ancer which was a huge blow to the family. My 39 year-old wife lost er right eye to a rare form of cancer 1 year ago and now has a limited ife-expectancy, Cancer is an awful and insidious thing that affects oth the patient and the family.

've enjoyed the approach to life I've taken and its rewards for the

ast 22 years very much due to the principles of discipline and teamwork mphasized by your father. I can also say that the 3 years spent

unning and training under Coach Schmidt were the most sheer fun I've verhad.

11 write him and tell him how much I appreciate him.

'hank you again for your thoughtful letter.

cott williams


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:rom: James Hall

ro: <Kujhawks@ix.netcom.com>

~ent: Friday, February 16, 2001 4:10 PM

~ubject: Coach Schmidt

\lfy name is Jim Hall. I work in Washington, D.C. as a Iawyerllobbyist. I graduated from Shawnee Mission South in 1972. I am genuinely saddened to hear of Coach Schmidt's battle with cancer. But the Coach has never been a man easily defeated.

ran under Coach Schmidt from about 1969 to 1971 in both the summer track programs and on the South track and ' :ross country teams. A natural sprinter, I went out for cross-country merely to build my endurance for track season. I vas so slow at the distance workouts that those running with me became known as hHa1l's Back of the Pack Club." :::oach Schmidt was amused to tolerate this plodding sprinter among his many distance thoroughbreds.

:::oach Schmidt is one of those coaches you continue to think about and remember throughout your life. As I plod dong in 1 OKs and the occasional ten-miler, I still frequently think of our old road workouts with Coach Schmidt. lriving along next to me in that green '65 Chevrolet of his. green stocking cap on, shouting encouragement to keep me ~oing. When I am in Kansas City I occasionally drive up "The Monster" at 11 Oth and Antioch. Too bad they rnoothed it out. It's still a steep hill. but nothing like The Monster we had to conquer on Tuesday nights.

am truly sorry to hear of Coach Schmidt's condition. He has been a positive influence on so many young people. I till make it to KC on business fairly regularly and would be happy to touch base with the Coach. On the other hand. if ie prefers some other form of contact. please let me know and I'll be happy to proceed accordingly.


lenior Counsel

['he American Council of Life Insurers ~02-624-2186


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Mitch Powlas <frontier255@mindspring.com> Paul Schmidt <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com> Wednesday, February 21,2001 8:34 AM

RE: Coach Schmidt takes a turn for the .

I want to thank you for keeping all of us informed in what has to be, at best, a difficult situation.

, I had a long telephone conversation with you father Saturday morning. Yes, he sounded weak. However his spirits were high.

He felt that he had to fight this anyway that he could. As you stated, there was no other way for' him to deal with this fight

I was concerned about keeping him on the telephone so long, but he had a lot to say. I am not sure if you remember, but he and " were basketball referees for youth basketball games back in the early to mid 1980's. We had some interesting times and shared

. experiences. His mind is still sharp and he still had great stories to tell. Both of us were laughing during most of the call.

- At the end of our conversation, I asked Coach if he needed anything from anyone. In an instant, he responded that he felt

by God for the life that he had led. He said that had a wonderful wife and "the greatest kids"- and he adores the grand kids. He . is also proud of the kids that came through his "Program." He told me that he wouldn't change a thing if he had it to do all over again.

; Thanks, again, for letting us know.

, Mitch Powlas '

-----Original Message-----

From: Paul Schmidt [mailto:kujhawks@ix.netcom.com] Sent: Tuesday, February 20,20019:53 PM

To: Tony Petrehn; Scott Williams; Scott Lofquist; Ryan Eichner; Reed Eichner; Reed Eichner; Ramona Shull; Philip Ciesielski; Paul Schmidt; Paul SChmidt; Paul Clark; Pat T. Busch;' MitchPowlas; Mike Scheele; Mike Naster; Mike' Maddox; Matt Jackson; Mark Sageserj Mark Lauterbach; Marc Frey; Karl Englund; John Lawlessj.Joe Dodson; Jay Shouse; James Hall; Elic Lathrop; Don Steiner; Dave Wiggin (E-mail); Dave Stewart; Craig carter; Craig Carter; Clint Johnson; Charlie Redfield; Brent Steiner; Bob Oden; Bill Lauterbach; Jeff Neustaedter

Subject: Coach Schmidt takes a turn for the worse ••.


I wanted to let you know my dad has taken a dramatic and severe turn for the worse. MondC\lY night he finished his last treatment of Chemo for round 1. Between8pm Monday and 10/11 am Tuesday, his vitals and survival diminished severely. He is currently under sedation with Morphine to ease any discomfort that he might have.

We found out that the cancer had covered more of his liver, spleen, and possible other organs than first believed. Also, My dad entered into the hospital in a weaken state

and with the strength of Chemo created a combination that would have caused my dad to take such a tum. My dad ChOOSE this path because he wanted to live and beat the cancer. As each of you know my dad, would not want it any other way.

I'll send an email out indicate his passing, funeral arrangements, and any other wishes he might have.


Paul Schmidt

Here is My Parent's Information:

Verlyn & Barbara Schmidt 5624 W. 97th Terrace Overland Park, KS 66207 P: 913-649-0969


Paul Schmidt






Ramona Shull <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com> Wednesday, February 21,20012:35 PM Re: Memories of Coach Schmidt....

I have many fond memories of your Dad. I know I shared some of them with you this morning, and I know your Dad heard them too. I was glad to be there with you guys today and feel your pain at this time. It's hard to lose a parent. It is equally hard to see the parent that survived go through the grief process too. Make a point of visiting your Mom often after the funeral. It always seems that people will do really good at staying in-touch for a month. or two and then nobody calls. While the alone time is good to think. things through, alone too much after such a'loss is not. Keep your Mom busy. I bet your girls can do that!

Back to memories ....

Summer track, it was always So darned hot! So hot. you would have sweat running down the crack of your booty, but it was always a great way to improve your tan! Itwas also necessary to condition your body for thosetwo-a-day work outs for Cross-Country in the Fall. One of the greatest highlights in my running career is when the VarsityBoys & Girls won the State Cross-Country titles (believe this was 1979). We came, we saw, we kicked some *ss!

Coach never wanted anything but the best for us (whether it was beating our personal best-time, or improving out grades) he taught us that to attain the best, we had to 1. set goals for ourselves. 2.· work hard for those goals 3. ana to

. never be satisfied until our goals were reached. He was there in.good times and bad. Our loss was his loss, Our victories were his victories as well. Bottom line. hard work pays! Look at all he hasaccomplished in hisIlfe. He took his work seriously and personally. He was passionate about his work, which when you stop and think about it, thatris a rare quality in corporate America today!

There were many times that we would run into each other, long after my high school days. He always, with great interest wanted to know how I was doing personally and always asked about my family and wanted to know how each and every one of them were doing with genuine love and concern in his eyes. Again, my losses were his. and my victories were his whether it was an ill family member, the acquisition of a new love in Illy life, a spouse, a new job or some other major life event. He was like a second Dad to me. He had a significant impact on my life.

He was a fortunate man to have a loving and supportive family, and in tum, his family. and the rest of us werefortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed.

Paul, he really was an environmentalist before his time. I remember that silver station wagon and the orange Vega being completely packed with aluminum cans! He was recycling before recycling was even cool. He wasn't out there saving the whales. he was doing his part to keep America Beautiful!

I have many more memories. If! can get them down in the next day or so, I will send them your way.



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Johnson, Clint <Clint.Johnson@bridge.com> Paul Schmidt (E~mail)

Wednesday, February 21, 20011:34 PM Coach Schmidt

Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Like so many others, I was a beneficiary c your Dad's passion for coaching and his genuine love for the athletes he mentored. Even though I didn't experience "Coach" the way the guys on the track did (lucky for me), it was obvious that he truly cared for all of us and made my time on the SMS track team truly memorable. Who could forget him? He was one of a kind. He had a playful spirit that exposed the big kid underneatr that stocking cap. I remember the fierce competition between the throwers and the distance runners to see who could score mor points. Did he really take it seriously? I also remember a coach who sacrificed more than he probably should have for the team.

• He didn't seem to mind, late one summer evening, when he was called to bring a tape measure to a local track meet justfor me. That was just part of his style. Not everyone agreed with the way he coached, but you couldn't argue with his spirit or his concern for his athletes and of course his success speaks for itself. As f've talked with him occasionally over the years,

even through some rough times, he's always had a smile and an encouraging word. He always looked after his athletes,even

. long after they left the track. Thanks Coach, and thanks to you Paul and to your mom and the rest of your family for sharing your dad with us.

Sincerely and with deepest sympathy,

Clint & Julie Johnson


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From: Marc's Mail <french1@samissions.com>

To: Paul Schmidt

Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 11 :38' AM

Subject: RE: Questions about my dad ...

My best memory: The stocking cap! The can collection! The orange car! The water jugs! The rub downs!

Coaching values: Never give up!

Impact: After running a second marathon, I still hear his voice calling out" Work the hills, Marc!" "Get some guts"

It is too bad that it takes soemthing like this to bring out the best in some people. Coach Schmidt impacted our lives not just on the field, but in life too.

Marc Frey

-----Original Message-----

From: Paul Schmidt [mailto:kujhawks@ix.netcom.com]

~ sent: Wednesday, February 211 200112:31 AM To: Undisclosed-Recipient:i@mindspring.comj Subject: Questions about my dad .•.

One and All!

I preparation for my dad's passing ... 1 want to gather your thoughts about my dad ...

1. What was is primary/best memory about my dad?

2. What were is core coaching values?

3. How did my dad, impact you?

4. Anything else ..

I would like to provide insight during my dad's funeral and pass along your thoughts to my daughters.

Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Paul Schmidt

P.S. Please stay tuned ... Something is being done to honor my dad and his dedication to coaching and 8M South.


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Kristin L. W. Gambill

Paul Schmidt <kujhawks@ix.netcom.com> Wednesday. February 21,2001 8:45AM RE: Questions about my dad ...

,. I remember how your Dad loved to dance polkas at weddings. If I close my eyes, I can still see him trying to teach Britt how at Ann and HyJe's wedding just a few months ago.

,. I remember when you guys came out to visit in San Francisco and your Dad and I went "trucking" in the old green truck ... and hI thought it was cool (or so he said).

,. I remember watching the KUlK-State football game about six years ago downstairs at your parents' house. K-State won and started taking down the goal posts on KU's field ... your Dad was so irritated.

- ,. I remember how he's never said one positive thing about K-State that I can remember over all these years ... because he just really laves those KU chickenhawks!

,. And, of course, "Shoot a worm, Uncle Verlyn!"

I'm thinking of you guys and praying for comfort for you all during this tough time;

, Love, Kristin.

-----Original Message-----

From: Paul Schmidt [mailto:kujhawks@ix.netcom.com] . Sent: Wednesday, February 21,200112:31 AM

To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;@mindspring.com;; Subject: Questions about my dad ...

One and All!

I preparation for my dad's passing ... 1 want to gather your thoughts about my dad ...

1. What was is primary/best memory about my dad?

2. Whatwere is core coaching values?

3. How did my dad impact you?

4. Anything else ..

I would like to provide insight during my dad's funeral and pass along your thoughts to my daughters.

Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Paul Schmidt

P.S. Please stay tuned ... Something is being done to honor my dad and his dedication to coaching and 8M South.


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Shouse, Jay <JShouse@hrblock.com>

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Friday, February 23,20018:49 AM

RE: Questions about my dad ...



To all, Just wanted to share a few thoughts about Coach ..

I first met Coach Schmidt in 1971 at the ripe old age of 10 when I joined the parks & rec summer track program.

I was not a distance runner, but that did not matter to Coach. He always tried to bring out the best in all of his athletes

whether they were a C team cross country runner, a State Champion miler, a shot putter, a sprinter, ajumper or someone that only got

to run in an occasional relay. He was amazing to watch at a track meet. He was all over the place yelling words of encouragement to a High jumper, then over to thePole Vault pit, then a race would start, it didn't matter

if it was the 120 High hurdles or the mile, there he was running along side the

track, red faced and yelling "come on, your faster than him, don't let him beat you, take him", then he would sprint ~cross the infield to give you another earful

as you rounded the tum. From that day in 1971 until the State meet in 1979 there was not a time that I stepped on the track or for that matter

an event that I participated in that Coach did not track me down to pump me up.

Coach, Thanks for teaching me the importance hard work, to never give up and thanks for caring.

We'll all miss you,

Your the Best!

Jay Shouse

8MS Class of79

-----Original Message-----

From: P~u1 Schmidt [mailto:kujhawks@ix.netcom.com] Sent: 2001-mm-21 11:43 PM

To: Tony Petrehn; Scott Williams; Scott Lofquist; Ryan Eichner; Reed Eichner; Reed Eichner; Ramona Shull; Philip Ciesielski; Paul Schmidt; Paul Clark; Pat T. Busch; Mitch Powlas; Mike Scheele; Mike Naster; Mike Maddox; Matt Jackson; Mark Sageser; .Mark Lauterbach; Marc Frey; Karl Englund; John Seevers; John Lawless; John and Jody Stewart; Joe Dodson; IN Vorhees; Jeff


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From: Pat T. Busch <pat.t.busch@shelWin.com>

To: Paul Schmidt <kujhawks@ix.netcorp.~om>; <"Undisclosed-

Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 2:25 PM

Subject: Re: Coach Schmidt dies... .

Friends of Coach Schmidt,

Those where the days. I still run today. I ran half marathon in

January. To this day I credit your Coach for helping me want to run and to my personal drive to succeed.

I remember riding in his pick up truck to high schools to run summer

· track. I was so in 'awe of him. I would ride my bike to SMS from 95th and Antioch just to make it to summer track with him. Rarely in life does

one man make a difference. Coach did that for me at a very young age. He

· made me a better person because he pushed me to believe I could

· accomplish what I set out to do.

: I never got to run under him in high school, but he still impacted my · life in many ways.

After coaching at SMS Coach worked with my Dad at American Family Insurance. I would stop in the office and listen to his stories about

past runners. .

Paul, God bless you and your family,

Pat Busch Class of85


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Thursday, February 22, 2001 1:23" PM

Re: Fw: Questions about my dad ...



To All,

After a sleepless nights rest I thought I might share what was going Thru my mind last night. I spent a lot of time thinking how simple words from Coach would change my attitude. Words like

"repeat monsters", "we're going to the water tower todcy", "repeat 440Sll, II ladders". Such simple words meant SS5SOOOOOO much.

To this day I can't drive by a series of telephone poles without remembering those words "jog, stride, sprint", "come on Dodson your falling behind".

Joking aside, Coach meant a lot to me. He taught me how to overcome not

-Just obstacles on the X-C course, but in life also. He taught me more than I could ever fathom until I got older. A lot of the lessons I learned from

him have been passed on to my son and daughter as tools for them to deaf with life. He was more than just a "Coach", always was and always will be.

Looking forward to seeing the old teammates again. I wish it was under different circumstcnces.

Un.til Sunday,

Joe Dodson

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