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PERSONALITY PROFILE: WHAT’S UP, DOC?

KENDALL COOK

STAFF WRITER

   Doc Scheppler.

   When the Pinewood community hears this name, they immediately think of the charismatic king of girls basketball.

   In 19 seasons, the 61-year-old has created a dynasty as head of the girls program, amassing a record of 504-111 and appearing in the state championship game eight times – six of which his team won.
In addition, he has several accolades to accompany his winning record. Last year, Scheppler led his team to a 30-3 record, a state championship, and was
named the State Coach of the Year by
Cal-Hi Sports.

   Despite the accolades and success, Scheppler takes it all one goal at a time.

   “Anytime your goal is to ascend to the highest level, there are little goals along the way that you hope your team accomplishes along the road to the championship,” Scheppler said. “All of the different things of being a great athlete and person – it’s who you become in pursuit of that goal. A lot of times, as a coach, that’s what you look back on.”

   Scheppler is not only Pinewood’s premiere coach, but also is the shooting coach for NBA player Jeremy Lin. Scheppler said Lin, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, is a great “kid.” Scheppler has been there for Lin since the beginning; before Lin’s dramatic rise to stardom and “Linsanity” started.

   That was a crazy time for Scheppler: he was interviewed numerous times and even appeared in the documentary “Linsanity.” Scheppler is still in touch with Lin, and often gives him advice over
the phone.    

   Born in Hillsborough, Scheppler’s birth name is actually Ernest, which was his late father’s name.

   “My father, Ernest, who was an optometrist, gave me the nickname ‘Jock’, but my younger sister Jill couldn’t pronounce it, so it became ‘Doc,’” Scheppler said.

   Scheppler grew up in a cul de sac with other athletic children. Depending on the season, they would organize neighborhood sports games.

   “We played and improved every day because it was our passion. It was a great upbringing for an athlete,” Scheppler said.

   Scheppler aspired to become a coach after becoming inspired by coaches he
had himself.

   Throughout high school and college, Scheppler played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf.

   He has been married for 37 years to his wife Trish and has two children, Kacey and Kyle. Coincidentally, Scheppler and Trish were born four days apart at the same hospital and in the same nursery. They didn’t meet until 22 years later.

   Scheppler also has two grandchildren, Teagen, who is 20 months old, and Conway, who is 8 months.

   Before Scheppler began coaching basketball, he got a degree, credential, and masters at SF State University, but there were no teaching jobs available in the area, so he designed fitness programs and testing at fitness clubs. He worked at FedEx in the mornings and then coached basketball
at night.

   Scheppler also has coached cross country, volleyball, badminton, track and field, and tennis at Burlingame High School. He has been at the helm in basketball the longest, with 38 years of experience. Twenty of those years have
been at Pinewood.

   “I like working at Pinewood because of the good kids and administration,”
Scheppler said.

   Scheppler added that he enjoys that working at a small school like Pinewood allows him to get to know each student.

   Not only known as the king of girls basketball, Scheppler also has a goofy side on campus, where he works as a
P.E. teacher.

   Teacher Whitney Wood, who has worked with Scheppler for 15 years, said that working with him is “always entertaining.” She added that,
“work would not be as fun” without him since he is always cracking jokes and making witty comments.

   When he’s not living and breathing basketball, the self-admitted potato chip lover rides his bike, goes for walks with his wife, plays golf, and watches sports. He especially enjoys watching the San
Francisco Giants.

   Scheppler’s role models is Duke University mens basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, who he has a professional relationship with. He also respects Gregg Popovich, the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

   “I admire anybody who exemplifies and embodies the spirit of playing sports; the hard workers, the coachable kids, the unselfish teammates,” Scheppler said.

   One of his players, sophomore Mikaela Topper, earns his admiration because of her tenacity on the court. The feeling is mutual, Topper said.

   “I love playing for Doc because it is really obvious that he has a passion for basketball, and he wants to share his knowledge with everyone,” Topper said.

   “The main thing [Scheppler] has taught me is to never give up. When anyone messes up or makes a mistake, he reminds them that there is always the ‘next play.’ He constantly tells us to keep our heads up and keep playing hard,”
Topper added.

   Will Scheppler retire soon? He is mum on the issue, but he feels that he has “reached [his] ultimate goal of being
involved in sports without playing them.”

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