The last weekend in May will be a banner for Spring-Ford’s soccer program.
Four rams are awarded various honors at the state level during a period that focuses on the nation’s annual observance of Remembrance Day. The assistant coach Steve Schein will be inducted into the PA Hall of Fame on Sunday (May 30th). State Football Coaches Association, and three Spring Ford players will play in the Big School of the East / West All-Star Game (PIAA Classes 4A through 6A) competition that same afternoon at Landis Field at Central Dauphin High in Harrisburg.
“We’re proud of it,” said SF head coach Chad Brubaker of his team’s representation in the state. “It’s a postseason award based on reputation.”
In a coaching career close to the half century mark, Schein has a reputation for emphasizing the aspects of teamwork – winning gracefully, losing graciously – finishing something you begin and disciplining your players. These credos form the basis for a coach’s resume, which is characterized by more than 100 victories in 17 years and has headed the starting program at Upper Merion from 1983, as well as for the numerous other seasons since 1973 in which he has other teams in the Southeastern region Pa. Supported … 26 of them at Spring-Ford.
“One of the things about Steve is that he always went to clinics,” said Brubaker, a Hall of Fame nominee. “He’s up to date on security and systems.
“There is a tendency for older people who have been in a system for some time to stick to what is there. Steve always stays up to date. “
As Schein’s nominator for the Hall of Fame, Brubaker cited eligibility criteria such as (1) having won at least 15 years as head coach and (2) winning 100 or more games. Success in terms of league and playoff competition is also taken into account.
Schein met these criteria while at Upper Merion High School. He won 117 games (a record 117-70-6), four Suburban One American Conference titles, had a number of playoff qualifications for District 1, and was three-time coach of the year. He also served twice as the head coach for the Montgomery County All-Star Football Game.
He recalled that over lunch for the 1983 Montgomery County’s All-Star Game, the administrators of Upper Merion had approached them to become the school’s head coach.
“They liked what I stood for,” he said. “The superintendent told me to treat the children fairly.”
After Schein retired as head coach of the Vikings in 2000, he returned to UM for two years as defensive coordinator under the then head coach Andy Toto. He then returned to Spring-Ford, where he served as defensive and offensive coordinator for Gary Rhodenbaugh for seven years before becoming an assistant at Brubaker.
“I’ve worked with great assistants and great players,” he said of his time at Spring-Ford. “People like Hank Bernat (Owen J. Roberts) and Jim Mich Sr. (St. Pius X.) … I’ve learned a lot from them.”
Schein was active in other sports programs at Spring-Ford in his first 10 years. In the early 1980s he was head coach of the wrestling team for three seasons and assisted in the athletics team.
Steve’s commitment to the youth of the community was shaped by his founding of the Spring-Ford Youth Football and Cheerleading program in the 2000s.
“I didn’t understand why there is no football in the community,” he recalls. “The Spring-Ford Youth Cheerleading has become one of the top programs.”
Schein’s own involvement in football dates back to his ten-year-old pop warner, middle and high school participant (Levittown’s Woodrow Wilson High Class from 1969). He went to what was then West Chester State College, where he played the sport at the freshman and varsity levels while earning BA and M.Ed degrees in health and exercise.
“I considered myself the average player,” he said, “but I loved playing the sport.” I already knew in eighth grade that I wanted to train. “
Although Brubaker conveys the perception of an intimidating personality, he sees another side of Schein’s behavior.
“I think as he gets older he has a big heart,” he said of Schein. “He’s ultimately a softie, but he demands a lot from the players. When he becomes animated and strict, the children take note of it. “
It’s a personality that is shaped by Steve’s way of thinking about the very foundation of sport.
“Football is the ultimate team sport,” he said. “There is a role for everyone. One person cannot win a game.
“Some of my best teams had 11 good players who worked hard, stuck together and showed teamwork. And you never stop I think when you start something you end it. “
This aspect of Schein’s life was tested 4 1/2 years ago when he suffered a serious neck injury at home. He underwent surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and rehabilitated at Bryn Mawr Rehab, driven by a desire to resume coaching activities.
“My goal was to get back on the field,” he said. “I made it for camp.
He is now dealing with his long-term commitment step by step.
“I take it month after month,” he said. “As long as I’m healthy, I’ll keep going.”
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So far, individual players have been selected for the all-star soccer game East / West.
In one case, two were chosen. But Spring-Ford has broken the bar this year by naming three players to take part in the East / West promotion taking place at Central Dauphin High School over the weekend of May 29-30.
Kyle Kennedy, Nick Teets and Nate Capers will represent the champions of the Pioneer Athletic Conference in the 4-6 game. A premiere of the game will feature East / West All-Star competitions for schools large and small. The three highest classifications (4-6) are in one, the three lowest classifications (1-3) in the other.
“You don’t go by statistics, you go by skill,” said SF head coach Chad Brubaker. “More children can play and be recognized. That’s very positive for Pennsylvania. “
Kennedy, who plans to run on the Drake University soccer team after graduating from high school, has been Spring-Ford’s center and long snapper for three years.
“He’s done a great job,” Brubaker said of Kennedy, who also participates in the school’s winter and spring programs. “He’s a smart boy who knows the front lines and makes calls. It will be great to see what he can do. “
Kennedy was a Mercury All-Area second-team offensive lineman in 2019 and was an All-PAC and All-Mercury selection as well as Pa’s Long Snapper Class 6A in 2020. Football News. He is a Spring Ford TD Club Wall of Fame qualifier from the 2021 class.
Teets will play men’s lacrosse at Monmouth University. However, his sporting versatility showed in his game as a broad receiver and defender in football.
“He’s a testament to the worth of a multi-athlete,” noted Brubaker. “I like children who play more than one sport.”
Teets has had a 2020 season catching 28 passes over 412 yards, an average of 14.7 yards per reception. He was elected to the PAC All-Liberty Team as a defender and wide-angle receiver and as the PAC’s Liberty Most Valuable Player.
He received similar awards on the Mercury All Area Team: Broad Receiver, Defensive Back and Player of the Year.
Like Kennedy, Teets is a Spring Ford TD Club Wall of Fame qualifier from Class of 2021. For his career, he ranks fourth in receptions (85) and yards (1,086) and eighth in touchdowns (10).
Developing his skills as a grate has resulted in Capers receiving a partial scholarship from Bloomsburg University to play for the Huskies’ NCAA Division II program. The 6-foot-3 cornerback had 55 tackles (four for loss) and two interceptions in a 2020 season in which he joined the second teams of the PAC All-Liberty, Mercury All-Area and Pa. Football News was appointed.
“He’s tall, lanky, and comes to do plays,” Brubaker said of Capers.
Both games will be played on Memorial Day Weekend (Sunday May 3) at Landis Field, the Landis Field of the Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg. They are played in conjunction with the annual Big 33 game, the first at 12 p.m. (small school) and the second at 5 p.m. (large school).
“Post-season honors are based on reputation,” said Brubaker, head coach for the game in 2017 and 2018. “It’s the purest recognition valued by coaches across the state.
“It shows that they are being trained properly. It is a great honor to compete against the state. “