Schwieterman To Be Honored

It’s hard to quietly win 452 boys’ basketball games.

But, former Shenandoah coach Dan Schwieterman did just that during his 34-year stint as the head man in Sarahsville.

Schwieterman will be honored for his success and dedication to the sport of basketball in the Ohio Valley on Sunday, April 6 during the annual Samuel A. Mumley OVAC All-Star Basketball Classic.

At the game, Schwieterman will be presented the Earl Haberfield Boys’ Basketball Coaching Award.

“It’s certainly an honor to be recognized by the OVAC,” Schwieterman said. “I knew Coach Haberfield well from when he was coaching at Meadowbrook, so to receive an award named for him makes it even more special.”

Schwieterman isn’t from the Ohio Valley originally. He graduated from Bryant High School in Jay County, Ind.

However, shortly after earning his education degree at Ohio University, Schwieterman matriculated to he Ohio Valley.

He spent the 1976-77 school year at Madison Consolidated School in Guernsey County and coached basketball, baseball and served as the athletics director.

The following school year, he accepted the post with the Zeps and basically the rest is history.

He originally taught physical education and driver’s training, but since 1988, he’s served as the Shenandoah guidance counselor at the elementary school.

Schwieterman coached the boys’ basketball team for 34 seasons, winning five PVC titles, 11 sectional crowns, two district titles and took one team to the Elite 8.

Four times during his career, he was named District 12 Coach of the Year and twice was honored as Eastern District Coach of the Year.

Several times during his career, Schwieterman coached the District 12 and OVAC All-Star Games and led the South squad in the 1992 Ohio North-South Game. He received the 2010 OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award at the boys’ state tournament.

While the honors are nice, it was the relationships with players, fellow coaches, officials and teachers that stick out the most for Schwieterman, who is currently a volunteer assistant coach with the Shenandoah girls.

“The variety of people you get to meet, come in contact with and become friends with is the greatest reward,” Schwieterman said. “I’ve had the opportunity to form positive relationships that away and I still consider those people my friends. There are just so many positive memories from my coaching career.”

Schwieterman and his wife, Shelly, who will celebrate their 30th anniversity in June, are the parents of three children, Braun (26), Caleb (24) and Renee (20).