WHEN JEFF SCHROEDER ARRIVED IN HOUSTON IN FALL 1989, THE PLAN WAS FOR IT TO BE A SHORT STINT.
The recent University of Northwestern at St. Paul graduate – who was engaged when arriving – was named the head baseball coach at Second Baptist School and on the staff for the first football season. Thirty-plus years, 15 TAPPS Final Four appearances, five state championships, 57 college athletes and four pro athletes later – Schroeder's mark on SBS baseball is acknowledged with a massive graphic sign attached to the back of the home dugout which is almost not big enough to fit all the accomplishments.
"I think it's a culmination of a lot of small things over the years," Schroeder, who now serves as the school's dean of students in the middle school and assistant softball coach, said. "A lot of investment in kids and coaching staff, facilities and school. It's a culmination of a lot of kids and a lot of coaches coming together for a common purpose. It was a lot of small habits that ended up as great results and took a lot of time. I've had incredible assistants with me and everything you see on that wall, my name is on it but many, many names are behind it."