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Luedtke's always been truely a class act, he will be missed.
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jtothec
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Coach Luedtke was one of the greatest people I have had a honor to know and play for. Any player that played under him knows what I am talking about. He has affected the lives of many young man not just as a coach but as a second dad for many of us. He didn't just coach football he preached life for all his players. I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him.


Coach Luedtke's first season was my senior year at Marshfield. How he instantly changed the culture of losing at Marshfield was something to behold. I remember in baseball practice the year before Len jr. talking about knowing who the school had picked for the coach. He wasn't allowed to say who it was but he was dropping "hints" like "I can't say his name, but I can tell you he's the man living in my house who is married to my mom." There was actually excitement leading into a season, something that never happened at Marshfield. I can completely concur with spin here, "I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him."

Thanks coach.
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Coach Luedtke set the standard for what a top notch, quality high school football program should be. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed working every single Marshfield game that I did. I will certainly miss him on the Marshfield sidelines. Thanks for all you did at Marshfield coach, good luck, and Godspeed.
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wr88
I'm shocked. I never saw that coming. I had heard all kinds of rumors that Steffenhagen was going to be the Big WVC coach to step down, but never Luedtke.

Either way, He turned the Marshfield program into an eliete program at the D1 and D2 level and has brought them to glory. I wish him the best in whatever his future brings.
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mikerohde
J to the C wrote:


spintothetop wrote:


Coach Luedtke was one of the greatest people I have had a honor to know and play for. Any player that played under him knows what I am talking about. He has affected the lives of many young man not just as a coach but as a second dad for many of us. He didn't just coach football he preached life for all his players. I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him.


Coach Luedtke's first season was my senior year at Marshfield. How he instantly changed the culture of losing at Marshfield was something to behold. I remember in baseball practice the year before Len jr. talking about knowing who the school had picked for the coach. He wasn't allowed to say who it was but he was dropping "hints" like "I can't say his name, but I can tell you he's the man living in my house who is married to my mom." There was actually excitement leading into a season, something that never happened at Marshfield. I can completely concur with spin here, "I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him."

Thanks coach.

J to the C - You were a teammate and classmate of my son then. What you say is exactly how Aaron felt about Len. How proud us parents were of that 7-2 season. It is an absolute shame that your team couldn't benefit from the expanded playoffs that didn't come until the next year. Although Aaron wasn't much of a football player, he worked very hard in the weight room preparing for football and it helped him develop a discipline for his body that he carries on to this day. It is just really neat how Len would alternate the teams announced at the beginning of home games. Since Aaron was a part of the kickoff return team, he was announced as a starter on that team before the first game of the year against Wausau East. I couldn't have been a prouder dad. A little thing like that makes Coach Luedtke one of my favorite people of all time. Over the years since that first year there have been up's and down's of course, but he assembled the best assistants that helped make the program what it became. Quality people who helped shape quality adults in their coaching.

Just to give you an update on Aaron. He was recently called to be the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Williamson, West Virginia. He and his wife Barb will be moving to West Virginia in early December to start their Ministry there. I am sure that Coach Luedtke would be as proud of Aaron as his mom and I are when he hears this news.


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mickjagger
I was a classmate of Coach Luedtke at UW-Eau Claire during the 70's. I was a Phy. Ed. minor & had Len in a couple of coaching classes (football & basketball). Leonard, as he was referred to by head football coach, Link Walker, obviously paid more attention in those classes than I did. Besides being an all-conference DT at Eau Claire, Len was also a very accomplished heavyweight wrestler & may have won a conference title or two as a wrestler, I don't quite recall. At any rate, in 15 seasons as the head coach at Marshfield, Luedtke went 136-44 for a .755 winning percentage. He won 13 games in a season 3 times, 12 wins twice, 10 wins once & 9 wins three times. His teams qualified for the state playoffs EVERY SEASON except 1995 when the # of playoff teams was at 96 & the qualifying criteria was different & limited. Marshfield was 7-2 that season. Coach Leudtke's teams won THREE D-1 state championships ('97, '01 & '02) and were D-1 state runner-ups TWICE ('99 & '04). Coach Luedtke's record in 14 playoff appearances was 34-11 for a .773 winning percentage. As previous posters on this thread have noted, Coach Luedtke took a perennially losing football program & in a very short period of time turned it into one of the top programs in all of Wisconsin & maintained the dignity of his players while doing it. This was not by accident nor was it a coincidence; it was Coach Luedtke, his staff, his philosophy, his personality & his methods. Truly, a HALL OF FAME PERSON & COACH.
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Devil Hawk_old
What a great coach. This will have a large effect on the landscape up north with the larger school divisions. Not many h.s. teams who lose great coaches can stay on top. We shall see.
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spintothetop
Coach Luedtke was one of the greatest people I have had a honor to know and play for. Any player that played under him knows what I am talking about. He has affected the lives of many young man not just as a coach but as a second dad for many of us. He didn't just coach football he preached life for all his players. I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him.
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gordie1
There was talk throughout the entire football season that he was going to retire this year. There was no official word so it was a wait and see if it was going to happen.
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jtothec
Mike Rohde wrote:


J to the C wrote:


spintothetop wrote:


Coach Luedtke was one of the greatest people I have had a honor to know and play for. Any player that played under him knows what I am talking about. He has affected the lives of many young man not just as a coach but as a second dad for many of us. He didn't just coach football he preached life for all his players. I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him.


Coach Luedtke's first season was my senior year at Marshfield. How he instantly changed the culture of losing at Marshfield was something to behold. I remember in baseball practice the year before Len jr. talking about knowing who the school had picked for the coach. He wasn't allowed to say who it was but he was dropping "hints" like "I can't say his name, but I can tell you he's the man living in my house who is married to my mom." There was actually excitement leading into a season, something that never happened at Marshfield. I can completely concur with spin here, "I myself wouldn't be the person I am today without coach Luedtke. His lessons on and off the football field will be carried by us all for our entire life, for those who had the honor to know and play for him."

Thanks coach.

J to the C - You were a teammate and classmate of my son then. What you say is exactly how Aaron felt about Len. How proud us parents were of that 7-2 season. It is an absolute shame that your team couldn't benefit from the expanded playoffs that didn't come until the next year. Although Aaron wasn't much of a football player, he worked very hard in the weight room preparing for football and it helped him develop a discipline for his body that he carries on to this day. It is just really neat how Len would alternate the teams announced at the beginning of home games. Since Aaron was a part of the kickoff return team, he was announced as a starter on that team before the first game of the year against Wausau East. I couldn't have been a prouder dad. A little thing like that makes Coach Luedtke one of my favorite people of all time. Over the years since that first year there have been up's and down's of course, but he assembled the best assistants that helped make the program what it became. Quality people who helped shape quality adults in their coaching.

Just to give you an update on Aaron. He was recently called to be the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Williamson, West Virginia. He and his wife Barb will be moving to West Virginia in early December to start their Ministry there. I am sure that Coach Luedtke would be as proud of Aaron as his mom and I are when he hears this news.


I think in the team picture I'm standing next to him, I'll have to pull it out and look again. #64. Aaron was always a quality person, I'm glad to hear he's doing well.
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mikerohde
Today's article in the Marshfield News Herald:

[link=http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20091113/MNH020501/311130025/-1/Varsity/Leaving-a-legacy]http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20091113/MNH020501/311130025/-1/Varsity/Leaving-a-legacy[/link]

Why hasn't Coach Luedtke been nominated to he WFCA Hall of Fame?


Thanks for all the great teams, great games and great memories Coach!!


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Hall of Fame criteria ...

MEMBERSHIP: Three categories will be considered for membership. 1. High School. In this category, we will honor those people who have been outstanding achievers at the high school level. We will select one assistant coach each year also. 2. College. In this category, we will honor those people who have been outstanding achievers at the college level. They must be native to the State of Wisconsin if their achievements come in an out-of-state school. This includes players as well as coaches. We will select on assistant coach each year. 3. Citation. This category would honor anyone who has been an outstanding contributor to the football program in the State of Wisconsin. This includes members of the media, administration, trainers, officials, etc. ELIGIBILITY: All high school coaches considered for induction must have a minimum of ten years coaching in the State of Wisconsin. Priority will be given to coaches who have been out of coaching for five years or who have coached until retirement age. Criteria for selection will be based on record, longevity, and service to WFCA. It is further proposed that all head coaches in Wisconsin reaching 20 years of service be automatically nominated to the selection committee for consideration. A coach who has satisfied the above criteria and has reached the age of 50 can be nominated to the Hall of Fame even though he is still actively coaching. NOMINATION: Any member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association may nominate a deserving coach to the Hall of Fame Committee. Once a coach is nominated, his name remains on the list. His name will automatically come up for consideration in succeeding years without being resubmitted. *Notice that you can nominate an assistant coach at the high school and college level. *Notice that you're now eligible to be nominated if you have coached 10 years and have reached the age of 50. You can still be actively coaching.

I did not bold was that way on the WFCA website .








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cwccfb_old
Mike Rohde wrote:


Today's article in the Marshfield News Herald:

[link=http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20091113/MNH020501/311130025/-1/Varsity/Leaving-a-legacy]http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20091113/MNH020501/311130025/-1/Varsity/Leaving-a-legacy[/link]

Why hasn't Coach Luedtke been nominated to he WFCA Hall of Fame?


Thanks for all the great teams, great games and great memories Coach!!


Great question Mike, Len should be in the WFCA Hall of Fame and I am sure he will be real soon.
In a past job I had the opportunity to meet a lot of coaches in all sports. Of the hundreds of coaches I ever came into contact with, Len Luedtke was one of the best.
He was a class act that ran the Marshfield program the right way. This is a huge loss to Marshfield, but Len had plenty of great assistants and hopefully they will hire from within.
Best of luck in retirement Len!
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