Lutheran West has announced Head Bowling Coach Bob Magee has stepped down from his post after a very successful tenure with the program. Magee began coaching in the program seven years ago under legendary coach Ron Reeves. Magee was promoted to the head position in the 2018-2019 season and was in charge of the program for the past two seasons; guiding the Longhorns to consecutive second place finishes in the Greater Cleveland Interscholastic Bowling League. This years group advanced to the OHSAA District Tournament as a team; the second time in program history. Magee was instrumental in the mentoring of Freshman JT Maslanich this season and coached him to a second place finish at the OHSAA Division II State Tournament. Magee is well liked within the Lutheran West community and it was a difficult decision to step down, but one that was personal.
Magee on Stepping Down:
“This has truly been a difficult decision for me, as I’ve spent 7 years here and it’s grown on me. My family situation has changed quite dramatically of late, and with two grand kids down in Texas, and eventually in Arizona, my wife (Kathy) and I would like to spend more time down that way- the winter is obviously more tolerable climate-wise in those parts and unfortunately it conflicts with high school bowling season. I’d like to thank everybody for their support and confidence in me, from the late Coach Ron Reeves, former AD Joel Gesch, and present AD Ryan Miller. Without their support, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity. Special thanks to Steve Schneider for his assistance the last 3 seasons as well, and he’ll do a fantastic job moving forward. To all the kids and families I’ve met, I thank you as well. Coaching has many rewards, and we certainly have had success for the most part in the bowling program. More importantly, I hope I influenced the kids in a positive manner and they can enjoy bowling for many years to come. Keep studying in school, and on the lanes stay low and roll it.”
Steve Schneider is no stranger to Lutheran West or the Bowling program. Coach Schneider is a 1988 graduate of Lutheran West. He lettered in football and was Honorable Mention in the Inland Conference as a Senior. He was also part of the baseball program taking home the program’s first Sectional Championship and earned Second Team All Conference Honors. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Coach Schneider has an extensive background in bowling having competed for over 42 years; including such accolades as 6 sanctioned 300 games, one sanctioned 800 series and has carried over a 210 average for the last 15 years. Coach Schneider has been an assistant coach with the bowling program for the last three seasons and couldn’t be more excited to step in to the head coaching role.
Coach Schneider says:
“I am excited to join the Lutheran West athletic program as the next Varsity Bowling Head Coach. I look forward to sharing my bowling knowledge and Christian stewardship to expand the bowling program and help the students develop skills they can use throughout their lives. Lutheran West didn’t have a bowling program when I was a student, so this is the next best thing for me!”
Athletic Director Miller says:
“I want to first thank Coach Magee for all his contributions to the Bowling Program. Bob is well liked and has a charismatic personality that is contagious. His energy and passion for bowling and helping student-athletes grow was a tremendous asset for our program. We wish nothing but the best for Bob and his family as they venture in to the next chapter. Every coaching change is different and in this situation we were fortunate enough to already have a great fit working for our program. Coach Schneider has been with us for the past three seasons and is an alum who understands the culture of our school and the importance of spiritual development through servant leadership. We are excited for him and the opportunity to teach our student-athletes through the sport of Bowling.”
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