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Nation's winningest prep baseball coach steps down from Kee High in Lansing

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Lansing, IA (WXOW) - The nation's winningest prep baseball coach is calling it a career. The Iowa High School Athletic Association says coach Gene Schultz has resigned after 45 years and 1,754 wins at Kee High School in Lansing, Iowa.

"It's just been a wonderful 45 years and it went by, it seemed like it was 20, and that's a good thing," Schultz said. "I have no regrets. The people are great, and the guys who did all the work, I just marvel at what they did and accomplished because we were a small school who would take on anybody."

Schultz took over at Kee in 1969 and led them to nine state titles, tied for the most in school history. Schultz helped put the Hawks in the state championship game 16 times, and his 32 state tournament wins is also an Iowa record. When Schultz took over the Kee job at 23 years old, he said he didn't see himself coaching for so long. "I thought I'd probably be dead and I'm planning that a few years down the line," Schultz joked. "I never thought that (I'd still be coaching) at all, never thought I'd stay in Lansing. That's one of the pride points of my coaching experience is that is was with one school, and all the wins in basketball, baseball was one school."

Schultz also coached boys basketball at Kee, racking up 398 wins.

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