CEDAR RAPIDS — With a record of 180 wins and 79 losses, Xavier Coach Duane Schulte was placed on the “50 greatest Iowa high school football coaches of all time” list by The Des Moines Register.
“He teaches us more than just football,” Saints senior Isaac Ball said. “I know that he works really hard for us, and I feel that I should do the same.”
Schulte was placed on the list because he “has built a program that has frequently made big accomplishments, including a Class 4A state title in 2006 and a 3A title last fall. His first trip to the playoffs came in 1996 at Cedar Rapids LaSalle.”
Schulte has countless numbers of accomplishments and his players offer him nothing but praise.
“I respect him because of all of the success he has had,” Ball said. “He knows how to get teams to work together and to get the good out of everyone.”
Schulte was notified of the recognition in early October.
“To be named as one of the top 50 high school football coaches in Iowa history is humbling,” he said.
Schulte said he would not be on that list if it was not for the support of many people over the last 25 years. This includes all of the players at Xavier and LaSalle, as well as the assistant coaches.
“My high school coach, Tom Kopatich, has been, and continues to be, an outstanding mentor for me,” Schulte said. “Personally, without the support of my family, especially my wife Sherry, this would not be possible.”
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Other coaches on the list have been role models for Schulte throughout his career. To him, being mentioned with them is unbelievable.
Schulte was named Coach of the Year by the Iowa Football Coaches Association in 2013 for the Class of 4A and again by The Gazette and the Register in 2017.
The Saints are 9-0 and top-ranked heading into Friday’s first-round playoff game against Pella at the Xavier field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.