By Mark Kanz
The true measure of a coach is not wins and losses, but whether he is able to make his players better. Mike Schanhofer’s Luxemburg-Casco girls basketball teams won three state championships and finished second once during his storied career, but it’s the young lives he touched along the way that he will be remembered for. Schanhofer died on July 4th at the age of 76 from blood-related cancer. Sturgeon Bay Athletic Director Pat Blizel coached against Schanhofer’s teams and says the Hall of Fame coach had tradition on his side.
Blizel says Schanhofer followed his own path and made people around him better. He witnessed that first-hand when Schanhofer piloted the Clippers program for three years near the end of his coaching career. Blizel says there is nothing Schanhofer’s teams weren’t prepared for. Schanhofer served as a volunteer assistant to the Luxemburg-Casco team this past season when his health allowed. Schanhofer’s funeral is set for Monday in Sparta. A celebration of life will be held at The Rendezvous in Luxemburg on Sunday, July 23 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.