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Oak Forest's coach Steve Schanz watches action on the court against Shepard Tuesday night in Oak Forest. photo for Sun-Times Media by Jean Lachat

Summer basketball generally is low-key, but for Steve Schanz, coaching Oak Forest on Thursday at Shepard is going to be an emotional experience.

It will be his last game as Bengals boss.

Schanz, who taught special education at Oak Forest for 10 years and was the girls basketball coach for nine, is leaving the school to take the athletic director post at Maine East.

Schanz will replace Michael Bender, who after three years as AD is moving to a dean’s position at the school.

Schanz’s assistant coach, Katie Kohr, will coach the Oak Forest summer team until a successor is named.

“I’m excited,” Schanz said Wednesday of his appointment at Maine East. “I had two of the most intense interviews I’ve ever been at. There were 14 people on the committee.”

Schanz posted a 161-91 career record at Oak Forest. His teams never had a losing record, winning two regional titles. The 2012-13 team went 16-12.

“I think I’ve done very well,” Schanz said. “We’ve had some great players and even better people who have played for me.

“I think the girls who have played for me, their legacy will be around for a while with the young coaches who are just starting up their careers now. That makes me very proud to say the kids that I’ve coached are out there coaching right now.”

Stephanie Signore (T.F. North), Courtney Hinsberger (Hillcrest) and Jenny Swanson (Bremen) are lower-level or varsity assistant coaches who played under Schanz.

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