Chippewa Hills’ Schafer Steps Away After Two Decades
REMUS – After two decades of coaching, it was time to step away for Sally Schafer.
She’s been at Chippewa Hills for 20 years as the head coach of the girls track and field team.
“I’ve talked about it with my family,” said Schafer. “Especially my daughter who ran for me for four years, the most successful four years we had. But it was a tough decision, but just to spend more time with them, I wanted to free myself up.”
Schafer said that in recent years, the feeling of ‘this may be done’ kept coming, but it wasn’t until this last season that it really felt real.
“At the end of every season, the last couple years it was I could go one more, I’m going to miss it, I love it too much,” Schafer added. “And then finally this year it was like, I think from the very beginning I was like, you know, this will be my last year.”
She can hang up her whistle on an extremely successful coaching career, leading the team to multiple conference and regional titles, along with two team state championships in 2014 and 2015.
“Every year I used to tell kids you’re just another chapter in my book, you know every year is another chapter and every chapter has something special with it,” Schafer said. “The first year we won a regional as head coach was special. That was a nail biter, I think we won by less than a point. You know having the different state champs through the years, those are special moments and memories. All the kids that were on that team but all the kids that lead up to that in the program, everyone plays a role.”
Zach Hatfield, a long-time assistant to the girls track and field team and the head girls cross country coach, is taking over the program.