A group of former Bearcats who played under Doug Scheel proposed to the Booneville School Board that the field at Bearcat Stadium be named for Scheel.
Tuesday, Eric Jones moved to approve the request and Andy Napier seconded the motion — both played for Scheel — and there was no opposition.
In January, Scheel was elected to the Arkansas High School Coaches Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in a ceremony in Hot Springs on July 13.
Scheel coached for nine years in Booneville (1981-1989) compiling a 95-16-1 record with seven conference titles and the 1986 state championship.
Scheel’s teams shut out 41 opponents, or more than one in three games (36.6 percent) he coached here.
After the Bearcats went 3-7 in Gene Bradley’s final year, Scheel’s first two teams were a combined 13-7, followed by five unbeaten regular seasons in a seven year span and an 82-9 mark over those seven years. His teams also had four state title appearances between 1985 and 1989.
Scheel recently said coaching in Booneville was ideal.
“That was utopia,” Scheel said of his time in Booneville. “If there is a Camelot in the coaching industry that would have been my Camelot. With the administration we had, and the great assistant coaches and the kids who worked so hard — you couldn’t work them too hard.
“They expected to win every game when they stepped out on the field. It was a great place to coach.”
After leaving Booneville, Scheel went to Magnolia, where he also took a team to the state finals, on to Newport, where his first team went 10-2, then to Morrilton and Berryville, from where he retired.
Prior to coming to Booneville, Scheel was an assistant at West Fork and at Lonoke before landing his first head coaching job at Harmony Grove in Camden then on to Beebe for three years.
Combined, Scheel’s teams more than 210 games as a head coach.
Scheel is the second former Bearcat coach in as many years to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Kenneth Rippy, for whom the fieldhouse is named, was inducted last year, largely for his 165-43 record at Booneville with eight conference titles and the 2000 state championship.