COLUMBUS, NE - An accomplished high school basketball coach and Columbus High graduate will be the next coach to lead the Discoverers' girls basketball team.

CHS Activities Director Tim Kwapnioski announced Monday that Scott Schaefer is coming back to Columbus. Schaefer brings 40 years of coaching experience to Columbus High, including stints at Peru State College, Arlington High School, and schools in Iowa, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.

“(Schaefer) spoke so passionately about player skill development and the implementation of his blueprint of a youth basketball program,” Kwapnioski said in a news release. “He is very dedicated coach and will be a tremendous teacher of the game.”

Schaefer earned his 600th career win this past season. He has coached at William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO since 2014. In the past seven seasons, his teams have been sectional champions, district champions, conference champions and state tournament qualifiers. His team finished fourth in Missouri’s Class 5 this season.

Schaefer previously spent 13 seasons at McPherson High School in Kansas. There, he posted 272 wins and won four state championships.

Schaefer replaces Dave Licari, who stepped down after 23 seasons leading the Discoverers. Columbus was 4-18 this season and last recorded a winning record in the 2011-2012 season.

Schaefer’s wife, Brenda, will also work at CHS as a business teacher.