COLUMBUS — Joe Schoenfelder was quite the athlete in high school.

The Hartington native still holds a school record at Cedar Catholic and once beat ex-Husker Matt Herian in the 200-meter dash during a track meet.

Now the head boys track coach at Scotus Central Catholic, Schoenfelder followed his wife to Columbus when she took a job as a physical therapist at Columbus Community Hospital.

After spending a couple of years as the pole vault coach and the past year as the head of maintenance at the school, Schoenfelder was offered the head coaching job when Merlin Lahm stepped down to focus on his duties as athletic director.

The 34-year-old also coached junior high boys basketball for six years and junior high girls basketball for four years.

Schoenfelder and his wife, Deirdre, have four daughters, Addison, 11, Emerson, 6, Kennason, 4, and Kylason, 2.

Q: What are your favorite sport teams?

A: New England Patriots because a guy from my hometown, Russ Hochstein, played for them. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon. The Boston Celtics, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Kansas Jayhawks basketball team as well.

Q: What is your favorite sports movie?

A: "Rocky 4." The soundtrack is awesome and he avenges his friend’s death and beats Ivan Drago.

Q: How do you handle stress and how do you teach your players to handle it?

A: I try to take a deep breath to try and slow everything down. I tell the players that we do things in practice for a reason, so when it comes down to important games or meets, we have done it hundreds of times before.

Q: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

A: I hold my high school’s record for most tackles in a season along with most assisted tackles in a season. I also beat ex-Husker Matt Herian in the 200 in a high school track meet.

Q: How instrumental are athletics in the development of youth?

A: I think athletics for youth are great. They teach you how to work and get along with others. They also help kids become more active.

Q: How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

A: I don’t think I would be the first one to die, but I wouldn’t last long considering I have only shot Nerf guns with my kids. Also, I have never seen an episode of “The Walking Dead” so I have that going for me.

Q: If you could choose any super power, what would it be?

A: I would love to move like the Flash. It would make running to the store to pick up something you forgot so much easier. Not to mention it would make running and winning the Scotus girls basketball team 400 relay that much easier. Being able to think super-fast would be pretty awesome, too.

Q: What is something you will never do again?

A: I once went to a Denver Broncos game, and that was enough for me.

Q: Who got you into athletics?

A: My dad was a track and football coach and athletic director when I was growing up, so I was always either at a practice or at a gym or field somewhere watching a game. I have a brother who is two years older than me, so I tagged along with him and his friends when they played pick-up games.

Q: Where's the coolest place you’ve been?

A: TD Garden in Boston and Memorial Stadium in 1994 when the Cornhuskers beat the Colorado Buffaloes.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Nebraska?

A: Memorial Stadium on Husker game days.


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