East Central College names Ray Steinhoff Alumni of the Month

Photo by Kyle Quick

--New Haven Varsity Coach Ray Steinhoff was recently named East Central College Alumni of the Month.

There have been countless articles written about Steinhoff’s success throughout his coaching career, however many do not know that he was a pretty good basketball player "back in the day".

Steinhoff delivers a "Tradition of Excellence" acceptance speech

Pictured: Coach Ray Steinhoff receives Hall of Fame Award from Gerald Andrews, President and CEO for the MSHOF.

“New Haven High School is a great school. It’s a school that is blessed with a supportive community, it is a school that strives for excellence in all rounds, most importantly in academics and yes, basketball.”

Coach Ray Steinhoff delivered the acceptance speech on behalf of New Haven’s Basketball Program in front of 1,500 people that were in attendance at the enshrinement ceremony for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Steinhoff was seated at the head table with this year’s inductees.  Steinhoff said, “I felt honored because you are sitting amongst legends.  A couple seats down was Emmitt Thomas, who I can remember watching play for the Chiefs.  It was just cool.  It was such a neat experience.”

Steinhoff could not have expressed how much this honor meant to the school, every player who has ever “dawned the green and white New Haven uniform”, or to the entire New Haven Community.