Herb Quade Sportsmanship Award
|Pat Clark presents Herb Quade with an award for his 50+ year of
service as a high school official in March of 2001.
The Fruit Belt Officials Association membership voted during the Fall 2001-02
general meeting to present a new "Coaches Sportsmanship Award" annually to
coaches of each of the seven sport teams the association supports:
basketball (boys' and girls'), football, wrestling, volleyball, baseball &
softball. Each will be presented with a certificate noting their
achievement. Of the seven, one will be chosen "Coach of the Year" and
honored with a plaque commemorating the occasion. At the Winter 2001-02
general meeting it was decided to name the award posthumously in honor of
long-time Fruit Belt member Herb Quade, who passed away in September of 2001.
Herb was involved with high school sports as an official, coach and
administrator for over fifty years. All area varsity coaches active in the
above-mentioned sports are eligible for the award, which is presented to an
individual exemplifying the high ideals in coaching and sportsmanship that
Mr. Quade always represented.
2012-13 Herb Quade Award
St. Joseph High School varsity wrestling coach Andy
Radenbaugh was recently honored with
the Herb Quade Coaches' Award for the 2012-13 school year.
Mr. Radenbaugh spent 13 years at the helm as either head coach or co-head
coach, and was an assistant for 10 years prior to that span. Under his
direction, the program achieved the following:
- 176 dual meet wins
- 6 All-State wrestlers
- 15 state qualifiers
Mr. Radenbaugh also served on the MHSAA Representative Council for
Wrestling in 2002. Congratulations to Mr. Radenbaugh for his highly successful career.
Ken Schmaltz, girls' varsity basketball coach and
athletic director at Coloma High School, was honored with
the Herb Quade Coaches' Award for the 2011-12 school year. Ken has always
displayed the utmost respect for officials in both his role as a coach and
as an athletic director. We salute Ken and wish him well as he moves out of
the active coaching ranks (we hope temporarily).
Bruce Bittenbender, varsity wrestling coach at Lakeshore High School, was
selected as the 2010-11 winner of the Herb Quade Sportsmanship Award. The
long-time coach has over 800 wins in dual meets, the second highest total of
any high school wrestling coach in the country. Congratulations to Bruce on
his highly successful career.
John Eggert, varsity boys' basketball
coach at Michigan Lutheran High School, was selected
as the 208-09 recipient of the Herb Quade Sportsmanship Award. In addition
to his duties as basketball coach, John serves as the athletic director at
Michigan Lutheran. Congratulations to Mr. Eggert for this achievement.
Denny Dock, varsity softball and
football coach at Lakeshore High School, was chosen as
the recipient of the Coaches Sportsmanship Award for the 2007-08 school
year. Although he coaches the two sports, the selection was made based on
his contributions as coach of the Lakeshore softball team. We salute Mr. Dock for his leadership by example to area coaches and
Selected as the 2006-07 recipient of the award was Frank Mucha, varsity
wrestling coach at Buchanan High School . Congratulations to Bill for his
contributions to area high school athletes and sportsmanship!
Selected as the 2005-06 recipient of the award was Bill Weaver, girls'
basketball coach at Buchanan High School. Congratulations to Bill for his
great example to area coaches and athletes!
Selected as the 2004-05 recipient of the award was Mark Allen, head baseball
coach at Coloma High School. Others nominated for the award were Joe Austin,
head football coach at Buchanan High School and John Eggert, head basketball
coach at Michigan Lutheran High School Congratulations to Mark for this
Selected as the 2003-04 recipient of the award was Ron Briney, Jr., girls'
basketball coach at Michigan Lutheran High School. Others nominated for the
award were: Larry Featherstone of Benton Harbor (football), Mike Vota of
Niles (baseball), Greg Schaffer of St. Joseph (boys' basketball), and Jim
Myers of Niles Brandywine (softball).
Selected as the 2002-03 recipient of the award was Jim Arnold, girls'
basketball and softball coach at Niles High School. Others nominated for the
award were: Bob Welton of South Haven and Bob Schau of Galien (football),
Randy Cox of Michigan Lutheran and Mike Vota, Niles (baseball), Denny Parks
of Niles and Jeff Leslie of Berrien Springs (boys' basketball), Ron Briney,
Jr. of Michigan Lutheran (girls' basketball), and Dawn Knuth of Berrien
John Donley, baseball coach at Berrien Springs High School, was selected as
the first recipient of the Herb Quade Memorial Sportsmanship Award,
announced in the spring of 2002. Others nominated for the award were: Mike
Sweet, softball, Bangor; Jeff Leslie, basketball, Berrien Springs; Mark
Allen, baseball, Coloma; Warren Hartman, wrestling, Eau Claire; Tim Schipper,
football, Fennville; and Jim Myers, softball, Niles Brandywine.