Newport Central Catholic's Bob Schneider, the winningest coach in Kentucky high school football history, announced his retirement Friday morning, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Schneider, 72, leaves his alma mater after 44 years, having compiled three state titles, nine championship game appearances and a 345-183-2 record.
Schneider had open heart surgery to remove an aneurysm in December and was forced to miss the 2009 playoffs.
"In the front of our stat book, we have a listing of all our coaching records. Of the seven coaches that preceded me, there were 64 wins in 23 seasons, so I realize what a tough thing it was to get going," Schneider told the Enquirer. "About two-thirds of the games in the history of the program are games I've coached. That's something I set out to do, to make sure the program was viable. And I feel good about that."
Schneider led Newport Central Catholic to its first state title in 1984. The school also reached the finals in 1985, 1986, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Its last championships came in 2005 and 2006.
"When you mention NewCath football, his name is synonymous with it," Newport Central Catholic Athletics Director Rob Detzel told the Enquirer. "I have so much appreciation for all the time he put in and all the sacrifices he made for the program. It's his life's work. Things will be different, and Bob will be missed. He's had a big impact on a lot of kids."