Elmer Schaake

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Elmer Schaake
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1911-02-07)February 7, 1911
Lawrence, Kansas
Died January 24, 1966(1966-01-24) (aged 54)
Burlingame, California
Playing career
1930–1932 Kansas
1933 Portsmouth Spartans
1932–1933 Kansas
Position(s) Halfback (football)
Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1937 Bethany (KS)
1938–1942 Lawrence HS (KS)
1943–1944 Kansas (assistant)
1946–1947 Willamette
1944 Kansas
Head coaching record
Overall 13–19–2 (college football)
9–15 (college basketball)
0–5 (college baseball)

Elmer H. W. Schaake (February 7, 1911 – January 24, 1966) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach. He played college football and college basketball at the University of Kansas and one season of professional football in the National Football League with the Portsmouth Spartans. Schaake served as the head football coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas from 1934 to 1937, compiling a record of 13–19–2. He was also the head baseball coach at his alma mater, Kansas, for one season in 1944 and the head basketball coach at Willamette University during the 1946–47 season.

Playing career[edit]


Schaake played football at the University of Kansas from 1930 to 1932 and was named unanimous All Big–Six Conference. He also played for the basketball team at Kansas.[1]

Portsmouth Spartans[edit]

Schaake played one season of professional football in 1933 with the Portsmouth Spartans[1] After one year of professional football, he chose to enter the coaching ranks.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Schaake coached for 30 years. Schaake was the head football coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He held that position for four seasons, from 1934 until 1937.[3] His coaching record at Bethany was 13 wins, 19 losses and 2 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2012 season, this ranks him #9 at Bethany in total wins and #10 at the school in winning percentage (.412).[4]

After Bethany, Schaake spent five years at Lawrence High School where he compiled a 29–11–4 record and served one year as an assistant for the University of Kansas before moving to California to coach at the college, junior college and high school levels.[1] He also worked as the head baseball coach of the Jayhawks for one year.[5]


In 1972, Schaake was inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Elmer Schaake". Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Schaake paved the way". Lawrence Journal-World. May 30, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Shafer, Ian. "Bethany College-KS (All seasons results)". College Football Reference. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ DeLassus, David. "Bethany College Records By Year (incomplete data)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Elmer Schaake Takes Over Baseball Coaching Duties". Lawrence Journal-World. May 22, 1944. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 

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