Hometown: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Memorial HS)                  Uncle of Bill Schaake (1950-51)

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CATEGORY   TOTAL   1932 1933
YEAR     Jr. Sr.
HEIGHT     5'10 5'10
WEIGHT     195 195
Games Played/Started 22/   5/ 17/
Points 47   7 40
   Per Game 2.1   1.4 2.4
   Per Game        
FG: Attempts        
FT: Attempts        

1932:  Lettered.

1933:  Lettered, Starter.

Assistant Coach: Link to his Assistant Coach site


Elmer Schaake

Elmer Schaake was a unanimous All-Big-Six Conference halfback and captain for the 1932 Kansas Jayhawks. As a sophomore in 1930, he started for KU's conference-champion team in the same backfield with Jim Bausch, Carnie Smith and Ormand Beach. He also started for Kansas University's Big-Six champion basketball team in 1933. Schaake played one season of professional football in 1933 with the Portsmouth Spartans, which became the Detroit Lions of the National Football League the following year. He went on to coach for 30 years, beginning at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he coached from 1934 to 1937. He later spent five years at Lawrence (KS) High School where he compiled a 29-11-4 record and served one year as an assistant for the University of Kansas before moving to California to coach at the college, junior college and high school levels.

  • Unanimous All-Big-Six Conference halfback and captain of the 1932 KU team
  • Started as a sophomore on KU's conference-champion team in 1930
  • Started for KU's Big-Six champion basketball team in 1933
  • Played one season of professional football in 1933
  • Coached for 30 years beginning with Bethany College from 1934-37
  • Coached at Lawrence High School for five years with a record of 29-11-4
  • Coached many years at all levels in California
  • Born in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School 


1933 Played for Portsmouth Spartans (which became the Detroit Loins the next year)


Schaake paved the way, 5/30/2009

Schaake was born at Abilene, Kansas, February 7, 1911.  At Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence, he lettered three years each in football, basketball, and track.  He was an all-state guard in basketball and captained both the football and basketball teams his senior year (1928).

Playing football for Kansas University under Al Lindsey and Bill Hargis he made all-Big Six quarterback, and was captain of the 1932 team.   The next year he played profootball with the Portsmouth, Ohio (Spartans), coached by George "Potsy" Clark, former Jayhawk mentor.  He also played basketball four years under Dr. Allen, lettering two of them, so he is already familiar with Allen's style of play.  After 3 1/2 years at Kansas, he received an assistant instructorship at Warrensburg Teachers and graduated from that school in 1933 with a B. S. degree in physical education.

Director of Physical Education and coach of all sports at Bethany college from 1934 to 1937, his football teams of '36 and '37 were second in the Kansas Conference.

Back at Lawrence High school as coach, he placed two basketball teams in the state tournament during the next five seasons, and won the Northeast Kansas league in football with an undefeated team in 1942.  The fall of 1943 found him assisting Henry Schenk with the University of Kansas football team, and now, one year later, the basketball assistanship has also been given to him.

Source: Basketball at the University of Kansas, 1944-45, by Jim Mordy and Harry E. Morrow.