Steve VonSchriltz ends his term as coach of the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks
Posted On July 22, 2021
Steve VonSchriltz has considered stepping down as Dublin Coffman’s swimming and diving coach after the women’s team won the Division I State Championship in 2020.
It would have been hard to blame him given the scale of the accomplishment. Not only did the Shamrocks win their first state title, but they did so with just six athletes competing in the competition.
In the end, VonSchriltz decided to return for a 15th season that saw three Coffman swimmers win state titles. Two of those swimmers – aspiring sophomore Emily Brown and senior Zac Stump of the men’s team – topped the list of expected returns for athletic director Duane Sheldon to be hired as VonSchriltz’s successor.
Von Schriltz recently informed his athletes that he had quit.
“I really wanted to quit after winning the state championship, and I stayed another year mainly because of my relationship with Ellie Andrews, who I had been coaching since she was about 9 years old,” he said. he declared on July 14.
Andrews, a signatory from Texas, led the Shamrocks to their state championship, winning the 200 medley yards and 100 breaststroke. Last winter at State, she won the 100 breaststroke, Brown won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and Stump won the boys 500 freestyle.
Von Schriltz called Brown “the most talented swimmer back in central Ohio” and said if he had returned for another season he might have ended up staying until she graduate.
“There’s never a good time (to step down),” he said. “You get attached to the children. “
Von Schriltz’s wife Cynthia “helped me make this decision,” he said. She was his assistant coach during her tenure and also resigned.
“We are happy for him that he made this decision and that he feels comfortable with it,” said Sheldon, who published the post but had not conducted any interviews as of July 14. “Just his success, (we’re) losing one of the best coaches in the state. It’ll sting a bit. He’s had a great career, and Coffman will miss him, that’s for sure.”
Von Schriltz, 59, plans to continue working as a financial advisor for Kensington Wealth Partners and to spend more time with his family, including visiting his daughter Haley in Portland, Oregon. Her son, Matthew, lives in Dublin.
“I’m not going to be a head coach of anything for a while until I maybe retire from my real job,” he said. “It’s a good job (as a coach); I appreciated it. The program is in good shape. “