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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 5:15 pm | Updated: 10:09 am, Sat Mar 22, 2014.

A coaching icon is hanging up his whistle.

Legendary New Haven High School boys basketball coach Ray Steinhoff announced that he will retire following the 2013-14 school year.

Steinhoff informed his assistant coaches of his decision on Tuesday and told his players Wednesday night.

“I’ve been asked constantly about retirement for the last couple of years by a lot of people, not just in New Haven, but from all over the area. So I don’t think anyone is that surprised,” Steinhoff said. “I’ve been kicking it around for a while. I made up my mind around the beginning of the basketball season and that’s when I told our administration that I was confident that this would be it. I wanted to wait until the season was over to announce it because I didn’t want to take anything away from the kids.”

Steinhoff explained his decision to retire.

“It’s mostly family reasons. I have a couple of grandchildren who live quite a way from here and they’re not going to be able to get here very often because it gets too expensive,” Steinhoff said. “We’d like to go there during the holidays, but that’s a busy time for basketball coaches. My wife (Ruth) goes there during the fall and spring, but that’s another busy time that I can’t make.”

Steinhoff was referring to his son, Ryan, who lives with his family in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Rachel Steinhoff, the daughter of Ray and Ruth, will graduate this year from New Haven High School and attend Truman State University in Kirksville, where she will play basketball.

“When Rachel signed with Truman in November, I really started to think seriously about retiring,” Steinhoff said. “Kirksville is far enough away where it would be hard to see her play if I were still coaching.”

Between Ryan and Rachel, things just added up for Steinhoff to retire.

“If I chose not to retire now, there would be too many things that I would regret missing,” Steinhoff said. “Thirty years is a long time in coaching. I’ve seen a lot of other coaches come and go. A change might be good for the kids and the program.”

Steinhoff, 55, has been at New Haven for 34 years as a physical education teacher. He started his career as an assistant basketball coach, spending one season under Dave Hackmann and three seasons under Steve Neier.

Steinhoff became New Haven’s head boys basketball coach and athletic director during the 1984-85 school year.

In his 30 years as head coach, Steinhoff accumulated an overall record of 550 wins and 288 losses.

“I think I remember more of those 288 losses than the 550 wins,” Steinhoff said.

Steinhoff led the Shamrocks to three state championships (1997, 1999 and 2001), four Final Four appearances (third place in 1998) and 11 district titles.

His 11th district championship came this season, on the very court that was named after him, against Elsberry.

“The way we played that night against Elsberry was the way I wanted our program to look,” Steinhoff said. “I went out with a great group of kids.”

Steinhoff was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

“I’m forever indebted to my assistant coaches. Tim Strobel was with me for over 20 years. Derek Bailey played for me and has been with me forever. Aaron Peirick is one of my assistant coaches now,” Steinhoff said. “I’m really going to miss practice. I love to practice and I love preparing for practice and preparing for games, probably more than the games themselves.”

There are plenty of other things Steinhoff will miss.

“I’ll miss the competition. That will be hard to replace,” he said. “I’ll miss the relationship with the kids, especially the basketball players, but also the kids in my PE class. I love teaching PE.

New Haven’s boys basketball program was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

“The tradition was here before I started. It’s easier to rekindle the tradition, like I did, rather than to start a tradition. It was hard at times, but I’ve been very fortunate,” Steinhoff said. “My three state championships were a thrill and something I’ll always remember. But I’ll also remember the teams that played to their potential, which always weren’t the state teams. Those kids also gave their hearts and souls to the program.”

In addition to spending time with his family, Steinhoff said he’ll continue to live in New Haven and hopes to somehow be involved with the school district.

“I’m not sure how I’ll handle retirement. I’m not sure I’ll like it,” he said. “I’m still relatively young. I started teaching and coaching when I was 21. I feel good and enthusiastic.”

Steinhoff cherishes the time he’s spent at New Haven.

“It’s been a great 34 years. We’ve had tremendous support from the community,” Steinhoff said. “New Haven is a great school. When you walk in the high school, you can tell it’s well taken care of, and that’s a credit to the kids. We have strong academics and great kids and teachers. For such a small school, it’s a great place to be.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games