I read with sadness that former Wyandotte High School basketball coaching legend Walt Shublom had passed (2/16, Sports). The article was a wonderful tribute to a great man. There was, however, one important omission: Walt influenced the development of high school basketball coaches in the Midwest more than anyone before or since.
Each October, his Clinic of Champions was attended by more than 700 coaches from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado and beyond. Walt would bring in eight to 10 coaches from around the United States who had won a state championship the year before. I was one of them. I learned so much from the other speakers that first year that I came back for the next 12 years.
Shublom’s influence and contribution to the game of basketball were immeasurable. Thanks, Walt!