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Doc Scheppler has been coaching the Pinewood Girls Varsity Basketball team for 25 years now and has many accomplishments, including 656 career wins and six Division V titles. Recently, he added another jewel to his collection: being named to the 100 Most Influential People in Women’s College Basketball.
With big names such as Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw and San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon on the list with him, Scheppler is amongst the best coaches in the country. He has produced outstanding college basketball players such as Stanford’s Hannah Jump and Yale’s Klara Astrom. Scheppler was also the shooting coach for NBA star Jeremy Lin in 2011.
However, Scheppler was not very over-the-moon about this honor.
“The award is nice - getting attention for what you and your team have accomplished, but personally I’m not really the type of person that seeks attention. The types of media websites and arbitrary organizations just come up with a list for a random reason. My rewards are coaching a great group of athletes,” Scheppler said.
When players enter the court for practice, they not only experience some of the most effective basketball workouts, learning various skills and techniques, but also learn different valuable lessons on life. Scheppler values the work ethics and chemistry of the team as well as their basketball technique.
“Coach Doc has taught us to be like ants instead of a slug, meaning we should approach everything we do with great work ethics, dedication, and teamwork,” junior Kaile Cruz said.
Cruz added that in both games and practices, Scheppler would always say the phrase “next one is in,” helping the players to overcome obstacles. This phrase encourages the players to think about what to do next rather than reflect on what they did wrong before.
Sophomore Skylar Chui agrees that Scheppler is a great coach.
“There are so many things that make Doc a great coach; it would literally be impossible to write down all of the different aspects of Doc that makes him so special,” Chui said.
Chui also added that Scheppler wants the girls to take away the fluff, such as unnecessary techniques that may be intended to impress an audience, and work as a team instead of showboating. According to Chui, the team values efficiency, and a series of moves in place is a waste of time, energy, and efficiency.
Senior Chance Bucher, who played at another school for her freshman and sophomore years, had a completely different experience.
“After playing my first two years at another school, coming to play for Doc has pushed me both physically and mentally. Doc holds a very high standard both on and off the court,” Bucher said.
She thinks that she is ready for the challenges outside of basketball after being coached by Scheppler.
“The demands of his program, I believe, have prepared me to take on challenges outside of basketball and will serve me well in whatever I do,” Bucher said.