By Kyle Quick
Over the course of his 30 years as New Haven’s Head Basketball Coach, Ray Steinhoff has become an icon not only in New Haven, but throughout the state of Missouri due to his success, humility, kindness, and innate ability to teach something special to every player who joined one of his teams.
I sat down with Steinhoff shortly after he announced his retirement, talking about what sparked his interest in coaching from the individual who had the greatest impact on his coaching career to some of his memorable moments.
Love of basketball began in a hay loft.
Growing up on a farm in St. Charles, Mo. Steinhoff was the youngest of seven (5 brothers and one sister) and recalls his love of basketball fostering at a young age in a hay loft where he and his brothers built a basketball court.