Scheel new Bobcat head football coach

Friday, January 17, 2003

Doug Scheel, currently the head football coach at Morrilton High School, has been named the new head football coach at Berryville High School.

Scheel was selected from a list of more than 30 applicants, and was one of three finalists interviewed by the school board after a search committee cut the list down to six.

Berryville Superintendent Dr. Don Roberts said last Friday morning he thought the search committee did a good job sifting through all the applicants and presenting "three very, very strong candidates to the board."

Scheel, whose family moved to Garden Grove, California, when he was five, played football at Santa Ana Junior College as a linebacker for two years, graduating in 1970. He was a two-year letterman there, then was recruited to Coach Frank Broyles' Arkansas team after new Coach Joe Gibbs brought film of Scheel with him.

Scheel was a two-year lettermen for the Hawgs, graduating in 1974 with a B.S.E. degree. During that time he roomed with another Razorback defensive end/linebacker by the name of Bill Gotto, who is the long-time athletics director and head football coach at Green Forest High School.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Scheel said in an interview last Friday. "I am a highly motivated coach who is interested in all aspects of a football program. Beyond preparing players to compete and win, I take pride in maintaining fields and other facilities so that they are attractive to the community and to visitors."

Scheel also said he enjoys participating in seven-on-seven competitions, and has been especially successful combining off-season activities with weightlifting championships.

"I understand how important an athletic program is to a school, but also understand the importance of academics and all facets of education," Scheel said.

Some of his coaching achievements over the years include:

  • Record as head coach: 207-92-1;

  • 12 times outstanding coach in conference;

  • Five times All Star coaching staff;

  • Dream Team Coach of the Year;

  • Southwest Times Record Coach of the Year;

  • Texarkana Gazette Coach of the Year;

  • 17 teams in playoffs (5 finals, 5 semi-finals);

  • 1986 State Champion Team (Booneville);

  • Four consecutive AAAA state weightlifting championships;

  • Two consecutive over-all state weightlifting championships.

    His first coaching job was at West Fork High School, as assistant football, basketball and track coach. He stayed one year, then moved to Lonoke High School for the 1975-77 school years as assistant football and track coach and a bigger paycheck.

    He became athletics director, and head football and track coach at Harmony Grove High School in Camden for the 1977-78 school year, then moved to Beebe High School in the same positions through 1978-81.

    His next stop was at Booneville High School in Logan County in the same positions, where he stayed from 1981-90 and won a state championship in 1986.

    He became head football coach at Magnolia High School in the southern part of the state next, and stayed from 1990-97, then went to Newport High School as athletics director and head football coach for a year.

    He took the head football job at Morrilton High School in 1998 and has been there ever since.

    Scheel and his wife, Jan, have two children; Erin, who graduated from Southern Arkansas University and is teaching at Earle this year, and Clint, who graduated in December from the University of Central Arkansas.

    Scheel said he became aware of Berryville's football program while he was coaching at Booneville, and appreciated its tradition of excellence. His wife's family is in northwest Arkansas, and he was interested in living and working in a growing, progressive community, so applied for the job.

    As to when Scheel will be on campus to begin work with the Bobcat program, he said, "If there is any way possible, I'd like to be there in March, but I'll have to see here first."

    Spring football practices are usually held that time of year, and Scheel said he would love to have time to evaluate things during that period.

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