Coach of the year

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Steve Schimpeler

Last summer, Steve Schimpeler had a clue of what was in store for the Chatfield Chargers’ boys basketball program for the 2012-13 season. But maybe even he wasn’t fully aware of just how special this team would truly be.

“I think every team has an idea of what the season would be like based on how you play during the summer. In the summer, we had an idea that we could compete with anybody,” Schimpeler said. “But I didn’t say win. That’s all about the matchup and when and where. Some would be difficult, but knew we could compete with anyone.”
Not only did Chatfield compete, it won more times than not. The Chargers went 23-2, including 16-0 in the 5A Jeffco League en route to a 13th conference championship. The Chargers won 21 straight games before bowing out to Legend 51-49 in the Sweet 16 of the 5A state tournament.
In the process, Schimpeler was named the 5A Jeffco League boys basketball coach of the year and the Jeffco Public Schools 5A boys coach of the year. Now he can add to that his selection as the 2012-13 Columbine Courier Coach of the Year.
There was no one player that dominated the court for the Chargers. Yet, that essence of being a team is probably what made them so successful, Schimpeler said.
Chatfield had four players average in double figures in scoring: Brenden Mann (12.2), Michael Hampson (11.7), Alec Wray (10.9) and Andrew St. Germain (10.1). Mann led the team in 3-pointers with 54, but Hampson, with 46, wasn’t far behind. St. Germain had a team-best 84 assists and 45 steals. Three players had more than 100 rebounds, including Wray (127) and Anthony Shoeboot (119), while Hank Dickey led the team with 21 blocked shots.
Each player brought something different to the table. Chatfield, which graduates four seniors from this year’s squad, almost had everything covered, Schimpeler said.
“What set this team not necessarily apart was that there was a lot of character on the team,” Schimpeler said. “What I mean by character is quality individuals who did things the right way. They were good teammates. They had a passion for the game. Overall character in many different facets of the game.”
— Michael Hicks