Manchester Panther basketball has a long tradition of excellence. Listed below are teams, players and coaches that have left their mark in the record books. These records have been compiled from the best available resources over the last 65 years.
Single Game Records
Gene Schindewolf is a native of Manchester and graduated from MHS in 1971. An outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track, he was inducted into the Swede Olsson / James R. France Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979. He went on to the College of Wooster, where he was a standout in basketball and team captain his senior year.
Gene returned to Manchester to teach and serve as an assistant basketball coach from 1975-79. In 1980, he was hired to be the head coach at Dalton, winning 2 Wayne County League Championships and 2 Wayne County Coach of the Year awards in his 5 year stint there.
In 1985, he came home for good, taking the reigns as head coach at Manchester and setting out to rebuild the Panther program. Since that time, he has won 7 PAC Championships, 8 PAC Coach of the Year Awards, 2 District Championships and 1 GABCA Coach of the Year Award. He also established “Panther Camp” in 1986, which was one of the earliest basketball camps for youths in the area and has instructed thousands of boys to be better players and better young men.
Coach Schindewolf has an overall record of 501-350 in 39 years of coaching, with 453 of those wins coming at Manchester (34 years).
Gene still resides in Manchester with his wife of 43 years, Kathy. They have 2 children, Nate (Stephanie) and Nela (Tim) who have blessed them with 8 grandchildren.
Bernie Conley graduated from Kent State University in 1951. From 1960-1967, he compiled a 104-41 record at Buchtel High School while leading the Griffins to 2 City Series Championships. In 1968 he became head coach at Manchester. During his 10 years at MHS, he won 4 Suburban League Championships, 3 District Championships, 1 Regional title and the 1974 AA State Championship. His overall record at Manchester was 132-81, and he was the Summit County Coach of the Year in 1974. Coach Conley passed away in 1992 at the age of 68.