Osbourn football Coach Steve Schultze, who in 2002 took over a team that had lost 28 consecutive games and turned it into a state championship caliber program, announced to his team Tuesday morning that he has stepped down as coach.
Schultze, 49, went 74-44 at his alma mater, including 65-23 the past seven seasons, which included a Virginia AAA Division 6 championship and 14-0 record in 2006, when he was All-Met Coach of a the Year, a state runner-up finish in 2008 and another state appearance in 2010.
Schultze, the fourth coach in five years when he was hired, said he is stepping down to get his family and health in order and to work toward his master’s degree. He said he plans to coach again, perhaps even as an Osbourn assistant next season, and will continue to work as a physical education teacher at the lone high school in the City of Manassas.
“I’m worn out. I need a break,” Schultze said. “I know that deep down I’m a teacher and a coach — they’re synonymous as far as I’m concerned — and that eventually I’ll coach again.
Schultze had been a 12-year assistant at Loudoun County High, but still living in Manassas, when he took the Osbourn job in 2002. The Eagles went 2-8, 4-6 and 3-7 his first three seasons before their breakthrough 10-2 mark in 2005 and unbeaten season a year later.
There is a water tower within sight of the school that serves as a constant reminder of that 14-0 season. The Eagles have reached the playoffs in six of the past seven years.
“It still blows my mind how it all happened,” Schultze said. “It still is a surreal type of thing at how successful we became and how excited and proud our whole staff and community have become in our football program. My first year was miserable. It was like, ’What have I gotten myself into?’
“I knew we had talent here at Osbourn or I wouldn’t have come back and helped get it going. It was an entire community, student body and football staff. It all kind of fit into place. I definitely feel that our program has become something that the City of Manassas and Osbourn High School can take pride in.”
Osbourn Athletic Director Ira DeGrood said the football team’s accomplishments have helped frame the school in a different light.
“What he did here in the time he did it in and where the program was when he took over definitely cannot be understated or undervalued,” DeGrood said. “He brought a winning attitude, expectations. It touches more than football. We’re a separate community here in Manassas, and Steve’s been a big part of making it what it is and making it grow.”