Growing Up: Farm Life & Basketball in the 1940s & '50s

FROM A FAMILY OF 15 ON A FARM WITH NO ELECTRICITY, INDOOR PLUMBING, OR CENTRAL HEAT TO 1962 NIT CHAMP UNDER LEGENDARY DAYTON COACH TOM BLACKBURN

A story of a long gone world of working with neighbors, radio entertainment, few telephones, and sports just for fun; of attending college via a basketball scholarship; of struggles to adjust to college life, to make the team and then to win the NIT. More

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About Harold Schoen

Harold L. (Hal) Schoen was born on a small hardscrabble family farm in 1941, the oldest boy of 13 children. He grew up in a community of German Catholics. His mother’s family still spoke German to each other when they visited even though they had lived in west central Ohio for over one hundred years. In spite of no college educated family members, he was awarded a basketball scholarship at the University of Dayton. He struggled to make the team but eventually became a starting forward as a junior. That year, 1962, the Flyers won the NIT championship.

Hal was a high school mathematics teacher and baseball and basketball coach for four years after earning his BS degree in 1963. Upon completing the necessary graduate education by Fall of 1971, he began a 34-year career as a jointly appointed Professor of Mathematics and Education. The first three years were at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the final 31 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is author of high school and beginning college mathematics textbooks and has written many professional papers. Growing Up is his first attempt at writing for a more general audience.

Always an avid reader and movie fan, he especially enjoys history and historical novels and movies based on them. Until his early forties, he played recreation league basketball and slow-pitch softball. Since retiring from sports competition, he enjoys biking, hiking and swimming for recreation and exercise. He continues to follow college basketball, especially the Dayton Flyers, Iowa Hawkeyes, and since retiring in Indianapolis, the Butler Bulldogs. He is no longer the enthusiastic fan of major league baseball that he was in his youth, but he still has a Cincinnati Reds cap. He also enjoys a few evenings each summer with his family watching the AAA Indianapolis Indians play at Victory Field.

A University of Iowa Professor Emeritus since he retired in 2005, he is a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Since 1999, he and his wife Theresa have spent two or three of the coldest winter months in a condominium on the west coast of Florida. Taking advantage of the warm weather, the two of them love walking and resting on the beach.

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