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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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