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Dave Luechtefeld - General Interest

Dave Luechtefeld grew up on a dairy farm outside Okawville, Illinois, then used his 6 ft 7 in frame to earn a full sports scholarship to St. Louis University. He returned to Okawville to begin a very successful teaching and coaching career, especially in basketball, where his teams made multiple trips to the state finals. Dave taught for 33 years and coached the basketball team for 37 years. He also was the school's baseball coach and athletic director. He retired from teaching in 1993 while retaining his coaching job for several more years, and went on to have a successful career as an Illinois State Senator.

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Coach Rich Herrin had his picture taken in the Okawville High School gym with the three Luechtefeld brothers, Dave, Stanley and Gerald, who all played on the Okawville High School’s 1958 basketball team.

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Okawville, Illinois

When:

1958

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Okawville High School’s 1958 senior team, coached by Rich Herren, included Stan Luechtefeld (#24), Dave Luechtefeld (#44), Norman Vogt (#14), Herb Dingwerth (#32), Milton Froeste (#22) and Lloyd Karmeier (#42).

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Okawville, Illinois

When:

1958

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St. Louis University’s freshman basketball players in 1959 included, in front: George Latinovisch, Don Spencer and Tom Book. In back: Tom Kieffer, Dave Luechtefeld, Rich Sanders and Bart Basola.

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St. Louis

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1959

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Gov. Richard Ogilvie with Okawville’s 1970 Team in Champaign.

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Champaign, Illinois

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1970

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Coach Luechtefeld’s 1970 Okawville HS basketball team won their super-sectional at Carbondale, Illinois before finally losing to a much larger school. Standouts included #35 Jim Schrader, #53 Gail Wolf, #31 Bill Winkelman and #25 Hadley Hasheider.

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Carbondale, Illinois

When:

1970

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Coach Luechtefeld’s 1987 basketball team celebrates after beating Pinkneyville in that year’s Sectional Tournament. They were eventually beaten in the championship game to win 2nd in the state. Dave’s son Jeff is the player leaning over.

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Unknown

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1987

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Coach Luechtefeld’s 1987 baseball team got to play in St. Louis’s Busch Stadium, beating Breese six to two. Dave’s son Jeff is #16, and assistant coach Mike Smith is on the left. Luechtefeld knew Cardinals legends Whitey Herzog and Red Schoendienst.

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St. Louis

When:

1987

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