Although he hasn’t lived in Booneville for almost three decades, Doug Scheel had a pretty big week in the city.
A former Booneville High School head football coach, Scheel was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Hall of Fame in a banquet held at the Hot Springs Convention Center’s Horner Hall Friday night.
During his introduction, Scheel, who was a head coach at seven Arkansas high schools and an assistant at two others, was recognized as from Booneville by the master of ceremonies.
Just three days earlier, a date was selected for the official recognition of Doug Scheel Field at Bearcat Stadium.
The Booneville School Board, which approved naming the field for Scheel in April, approved the recognition event for when the Bearcats open the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 24, against Clarksville.
“We were pretty good at Booneville. We had a bunch of good kids and great coaches with me,” Sheel said in his induction video. “We ended up playing for four state championships and winning one in ‘86.”
Scheel said he was honored with the induction.
“It’s a great honor and I’m really happy to have it but the coaches that coached for me and the kids that played for me, they’re the ones that made that happen,” Sheel said in the video.
A contingent of at least 12 men who had played for Scheel attended the induction Friday night for Scheel, one of a half dozen men enshrined into the Hall Friday.
Another six officials were inducted into the Arkansas Officials Association’s Hall of Fame and three athletic directors were inducted into the Arkansas High School Athletics Administrators Association’s Hall.
Scheel also attributed his success to his wife, Jan, who he credited with raising their kids, Erin and Clint, because of the time demands of the job.
“When we were at Booneville, they would come up and help me move irrigation pipes in the summer,” he said.