There aren’t many basketball coaches who have to worry about being a coach and a dad at the same time. Dan Schmucker is one of the few.
For 12 years, Schmucker has coached both of his daughter’s basketball teams. He started by coaching his oldest daughter’s Catholic Youth Council team, from kindergarten to high school. He gained experience coaching that team and that experience is paying off.
Schmucker has coached his youngest daughter, Lindsey, since fourth grade and has coached the St. Peters Sting for two years. This season, the Sting have played about 85 games and won about 70. The Sting won a tournament over Christmas break and recently finished second in the Matthew Dickey tournament in St. Louis. Schmucker’s team finished third in the girls’ 12-and-Under Show Me State Games basketball tournament last year in Columbia. Schmucker’s daughter, Lindsey, is the leading scorer on the Sting.
“Coaching a team of 13-year-old girls is fun most of the time,” Schmucker said. “It gets a little frustrating sometimes when the girls don’t concentrate in practice and don’t work hard.”
Schmucker played basketball when he was a kid, and played on his high school team. Schmucker loves basketball and has enjoyed coaching his daughters. “I like the competitive nature of the sport,” Schmucker said.
Schmucker’s favorite basketball coaching memory came when he was coaching his older daughter’s team. One season, the team played the same strong team numerous times. Almost every game was decided by one or two points and he never knew who was going to win. In one of the games, his team was losing by two and had the ball with only a few seconds left. A player on the team launched the ball from halfcourt and made the shot to win the game.
Schmucker looks forward to to coaching his daughter and the Sting through the end of middle school. He hopes what he has taught the girls over the years will help them in their high school career.