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Upcoming Meetings

Wrestling

Monday, November 20, 2017, Coach's, 7:00 PM.

Basketball

Monday, November 20, 2017, Lakeshore Middle School, 7:00 PM.

Softball

Monday, December 4, 2017, Lakeshore Middle School, 6:30 PM.

Wrestling

Monday, December 4, 2017, Coach's, 7:00 PM.

Basketball

Sunday, December 10, 2017, Michigan Lutheran High School, 7:00 PM.

Basketball

Monday, December 11, 2017, Lakeshore Middle School, 7:00 PM.

Baseball

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2153 Arrowhead Trail, St. Joseph, 6:30 PM.

Herb Quade Sportsmanship Award

 Herb Quade 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

FBOA Trustee Ken Field presents the 2012-13 Herb Quade Coaches Award to Andy RadenbaughFormer 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.

Past Winners

2011-12

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).

2010-11

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.

2008-09

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.

2007-08

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 athletes.

2006-07

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!

2005-06

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!

2004-05

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 outstanding achievement!

2003-04

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).

2002-03

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 Springs (volleyball).

2001-02

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.

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