Title: Secondary School Educator, Coach
Company: L’Anse Creuse High School
Location: Clinton Township, Michigan, United States
Mary Knechtges, Secondary School Educator and Coach at L’Anse Creuse High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical education.
When Ms. Knechtges was in high school, basketball wasn’t even a sport she could partake in at her school. To satisfy her desire to be active and competitive while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, she played softball and track. When she got to college, she was finally able to play basketball for a team rather than just playing with her brothers and neighbors. She was greatly influenced by these experiences, and her own seventh grade physical education teacher, for inspiring her to become an educator and athlete. When Ms. Knechtges started working at L’Anse Creuse High School in 1967, there were no sports other than cheerleading for girls to engage in. This all changed as she introduced basketball and other sports. She remained active in these sports at the school up her retirement in 2003.
Ms. Knechtges began teaching at L’Anse Creuse High School and remained at the institution for her entire career. Not only was she an educator, but she served the school’s community as a leader, coaching basketball, softball and cheerleading. She made a point to be active in these student’s lives as much as possible as a source of inspiration and confidant. Ms. Knechtges was dedicated through and through, also helping out as a score keeper for the girls’ basketball and softball teams. In addition, she served on the Clinton Township Youth Service Committee from 1973 to 1975.
In order to lead this unique and integral career in education, Ms. Knechtges earned a Bachelor of Science from Green State University in 1967. She continued with postgraduate work at Wayne State University in the years following, continuing to hone and develop her own skills. In 2009, she was recognized with inclusion to the Midview High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Her trailblazing career was also recognized with induction to the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. Her former workplace dedicated her name to the court in 2003. Furthermore, Ms. Knechtges was induced to the Macomb County Hall of Fame in 1997. She was nominated as the Sportswoman of the Year by the United Foundation in 1981, and was the District 4 Coach of the Year as dictated by the National High School Coaches in 1981. In addition, she received recognition as the Michigan Coach of the Year from the Detroit Free Press in 1978 and as Coach of the Year from Macomb County Coaches from 1977 to 1979.
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