Long-time Elmwood-Murdock football coach Leigh Schmale announced Monday he intends to retire from coaching and teaching at the end of the current 2017-18 school year.
Schmale has compiled a 172-82 record in 26 seasons at Elmwood-Murdock and a 215-118 record overall in 38 years of coaching, which included stops in Clarkson (1980), Archbishop Bergan (1981-87) and Sydney, Iowa (1988-91). He was a head coach in the Shrine Bowl in 2012.
In a 10-season span from 2000 to 2009, Schmale guided five Knights teams to undefeated regular season records (2000, ’01, ’02, ’05, ’08) and a 31-game regular season winning streak from 2000 to 2003. They won 10 straight district titles and reached the semifinals of the Class C-2 playoffs twice. His teams compiled a 90-17 record during that tiem.
Overall, Schmale’s teams qualified for the playoffs 16 times, advanced to the playoff quarterfinals seven times and finished ranked in the top 10 a dozen times.