EMERY -- Scott Schultz’s 400 career coaching wins have been at one stop.
The Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball coach recorded his 400th career coaching win on Feb. 26 in the Huskies’ Region 5B win over Freeman Academy/Marion.
Schultz is in his 29th season as a head boys basketball coach, first for Emery and later Bridgewater-Emery when the school districts consolidated.
The head Husky praised the athletes he’s been surrounded with that helped make the milestone possible.
“The wins and losses are wonderful,” Schultz said. “But I am lucky to have the kind of kids I have had. There’s been a lot of good kids throughout the years that we have had. That more than anything has been special to coach that long at the same town or the same school system, basically. Those are all kind of things that make a guy pretty proud of the accomplishment.”
Schultz and the Huskies will make their third straight appearance in the State B boys basketball tournament today in Aberdeen. No. 7 seed Bridgewater-Emery (19-4) will face No. 2 Timber Lake (18-2) at 6 p.m. today in the opening round.
The current Huskies have been a huge part of Schultz’s win total. Bridgewater-Emery has gone 67-8 the past three seasons, including a 26-0 season and a state championship in 2017.
“This group has been special,” Schultz said. “These kids have been playing together for years -- ever since second-third grade. To have them stick together and have them all be a part of this whole journey has been real special.”
Schultz’s son, Sawyer, has also been along for the ride and was a member of those youth teams. He’s now a four-year varsity starter and a two-time all-stater for the Huskies.
“It’s an honor,” Sawyer said about playing for his father. “Not a lot of kids get to play with their dad for all four years of high school and before that. … I am just happy he’s my coach because he’s somebody I can look to.”
Schultz has a pair of former Emery players that have been key in the Huskies’ success. Assistant coaches -- Brad Bartscher and Dan Burnham -- both played for Schultz in Emery. Bartscher has been an assistant coach for five years and is instrumental in the youth development.
“He coached our junior high kids and did a lot of coaching in our young kids, travel teams when they were fourth-fifth-sixth,” coach Schultz said. “He had them and worked with them. He’s really worked with these kids basically quite a few years already. Pretty much since they started playing.”
Burnham has coached with Schultz for more than 10 years and also played in the state tournament as a player.
“He would have played in the state tournament with Steve Arend, Cory Dye and those guys,” coach Schultz said. “He’s been around the program basically the whole time here.”
Arend’s son, Sam, was an all-stater on the 2017 title team and Dye’s son, Carter, is a senior starter on the current squad.
Those second generation stories are possible when coaching at one stop.
“That’s what is unique or fun about being in the same town or in the same school system for a long time,” coach Schultz said. “That makes it kind of fun.”