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Reaction to a Few

Reaction to a Few

Stein’s Blog Reaction of the Few           During my first coaching stint at Doane College (University), I usually allowed my players to decide where we ate.  To this day, every one of those players will tell you that...

Fall Sports – A New Beginning

Stein’s Blog Fall Sports – A New Beginning           This is a really exciting time of the year for a college coach.  The students just arrived on campus.  The parking lots are a now full.  I have to watch...

Al Papik

Al Papik

Stein’s Blog           In 1955, Al Papik returned to Doane as a coach after a teaching and coaching stint at Crete High School.  Al had a twin brother, Ervin.  Ervin’s son is Dan who owns and operates Ace...

Motivation for a Star

Motivation for a Star

          Ryan Baumgartner is the women’s basketball coach at Doane University.  He was named the head coach about Christmas time three years ago.  Things were in a mess.  A new coaching hire didn’t work...

Summer Baseball Coach

Summer Baseball Coach

          Baseball.  That’s all that needs to be said for me.  You don’t have to have a lot of words like the weather is warming up, the grass is getting green, or the leaves are popping out on the trees.  If you say baseball, I know all that is true.           I am pretty jealous of many high schools today.  In the 1960’s, most high schools only had track as a spring sports option.  The bigger schools offered baseball, but not Wilber-Clatonia High School.  After a disastrous track season my sophomore year in high school, I decided to spend my spring with a glove, ball and bat getting ready for summer baseball.           I wanted so bad to be a good baseball player.  I would spend hours throwing a rubber ball at the garage door and fielding it from every possible angle.  I would force my younger brother, Roger, and a couple of my friends to play games on an in-town cow lot.  Dried up cow pies were the bases.           No matter how hard I worked, I was just an average baseball player with a below average arm and a “punch and Judy hitter.”  That meant I didn’t hit […]

A Doane Icon

A Doane Icon

You don’t see Tom Hood in Crete often these days.  He told me he has coffee once a week with a bunch of his former Doane College (University) colleagues.  I hear representatives from past science and math departments can be found in this gathering.  I...

A Ritual of the Fall

A Ritual of the Fall

The fall is a time for worry among college coaches, especially those that have a winter or spring season.  There are so many things that can go wrong for their new student/athletes.  It’s important to get them busy right from the start. In my first stint at...