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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 25, 2017

Schenck retires

By ALLAN MANDELL, LEDGER SPORTS EDITOR | Apr 11, 2017

After serving 28 years as football head coach at Fairfield High School, Mike Schenck is retiring.

“It was a difficult decision to make,” he said. “I still have a passion for the game of football. But at this time of my life, I felt this was a great time to step away.”

Schenck, 65, became an assistant football coach at Fairfield in 1974 and remained so until taking the top post in 1989.

“I was blessed with a great staff and great administrators,” he said. “It’s been a lot fun. My best memories here are working with the kids throughout all these years.

“It wasn’t about wins and losses; it was about what these kids became. They’ve become successful people: doctors, lawyers, pilots. I hope they feel I was a part of helping them achieve their goals.”

FHS athletic director Jeff Courtright said, “There are not too many people that have made the commitment to the community, school and students as Coach Schenck. Whoever takes this position will have big shoes to fill.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Coach Schenck as a teacher and coaching with him, and working with him these past seven years as athletic director.

“We’re hoping that he’ll still want to maintain his involvement here in some way.”

 

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