(Kansas City, MO) – Ralph Stewart, FCA Director for Kansas, and the Kansas FCA Leadership Council have announced the first-ever Kansas FCA Coaches Hall of Fame class. The inaugural class includes Jerald Hadley, Deb Patterson, Ted Schmitz, and Garrett Wheaton.
The Class of 2008 was inducted during the Kansas FCA Fall Conference, which was attended by almost 500 coaches and athletes. The inductees were presented with an award and recognized for being a Christian role model and active champion for FCA through the years. The honor recognizes coaches who coach like Jesus, encourage players to play like Jesus and model Christ-like qualities in their church and community.
The Kansas FCA Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2008 was selected by the Kansas FCA Leadership Council and Ralph Stewart. "In our society today a coach continues to be one of the most impactful role models, good or bad, in our communities," says Stewart. "When coaches are modeling their lives and program from a biblical perspective, we want to thank them and recognize them for that impact."
Coach Jerald Hadley
Coach Jerald Hadley, of Larned, KS, coached track and sponsored FCA at Larned High School for 35 years. He was a graduate of Shallow Water High School in Shallow Water, KS, and McPherson College in McPherson, KS.
Coach Deb Patterson
Coach Deb Patterson, of Manhattan, KS, is the winningest coach in Kansas State University history. Coach Patterson is entering her 13th year as Head Women's Basketball Coach, during which she has consistently maintained a nationally ranked program and won countless honors. A native of Rockford, IL, Coach Patterson first coached at Rockton Hononegah, IL High School in 1983 before moving to the college-level as an assistant at Northern Illinois. She is very active in her community as a spokesperson and speaker for FCA and YoungLife.
Coach Ted Schmitz
Coach Ted Schmitz, of Concordia, KS, has coached at Cloud Community College since 1981. Coach Schmitz has coached both soccer and track, including seven All-Americans in soccer and 140 All-Americans in track. He has received national recognition for his success in both sports, as well as being inducted to the Cloud County Community College Hall of Fame. Coach Schmitz has led FCA at the college level for 22 years and faithfully takes athletes to the Kansas FCA spring and fall conferences.
Coach Garrett Wheaton
Coach Garrett Wheaton, of McPherson, KS, graduated from Lewis High School in Kansas and has been in public education for 39 years. He coached football and basketball as well as coached track for 20 years at Lyons High School. Coach Garrett also served as Athletic Director, and was named Kansas Athletic Director of the Year twice, and Coach of the Year once. In addition, he has faithfully served on the FCA Kansas State Board for more than 13 years. Coach Garrett and his wife Patty faithfully attend the Kansas FCA fall and spring conferences.