BIRDSBORO - Hundreds and hundreds of former Phoenixville Area School District students recall Thomas K. “Tom” Schadt as a mathematics teacher.
Schadt taught the class at Phoenixville for 36 years before his retirement.
But Schadt was well-known outside the classroom as well. He has spent most of his life involved with softball as a player, sponsor and administrator. There have been thousands of games and about that many additonal acquaintances made through his passion for softball as well.
So for his efforts as a sponsor and administrator, Schadt, who now lives in Birdsboro with his wife, Faye, who is also a retired PASD mathematics teacher, will be inducted into the Amateur softball Association of Pennsylvania Hall of FAme on Saturday, March 2, at the Holiday Inn in Grantville, Pa., during a banquet.
Schadt has been a softball team sponsor for 44 consecutive years from 1969-2012 as well as a softball administrator for 40 consecutive years from 1973-2012.
Schadt, who turns 66 this year, still also loves softball enough to still play the sport as well. He has played slow-pitch softball for 46 consecutive seasons from 1967-2012.
His sponsorship began with the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millersville in District No. 2 from 1969-1996. He also sponsored the Phoenix Sons in District No. 6 from 1980-85 and also with that team at the Valley Forge Christian College in District No. 6 in 1985.
Then he turned to Genesis in District No. 14 from 1986-87 and finally capped his career with highlight teams at the Spring-Ford AA in District No.l 14 from 1988-2012.
“I left Phoenixville and went to Linfield when we merged,” said Schadt. “Bob Beard has managed Spring-Ford regular age in Linfield longer than I have. He has been in it for 54 years. He still manages that team.”
Schadt also coached the 35 and over group and then started the senior program 14 years ago.
“I sponsor all those teams,” he said. “Lew Hoffman has been running my 60 and over team.”
The regular age linfield Spring-Ford AA team is managed by Beard, 74, who also serves as District No. 14 deputy commissioner. Other manaagers of earlier teams were the late Paul Brunner and Paul Jones. The senior team’s assistant managers are Hoffman and Tony Purcell.
The Spring-Ford AA Masters is for 35 and over, 40s and 45s from 1991-2012. Some 80 Spring-Ford AA Senior Teams played ASA Advanced Play during these 14 years. There have been some 330 different Spring-Ford Senior players in those 14 years. Some 950 games have been played by Spring-Ford AA Senior Teams in 14 years.
Spring-Ford AA earned three ASA national championships in 2009, 2010 and 2012. The 55s won in 2009, the 60s in 2010 and the 50s in 2012.
Schadt has been involved with 16 ASA National Tournaments in sites that include Nevada, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina.
There have been 24 ASA of Pa. Masters/Seniors state champions in 45s (two), 70s (three), 65s (seven), 60s (six), 55s (three) and 50s (three).
There have also been five International Softball Federation Senior World Cup champions in 50s, 55s and 60s. A total of 22 S-F AA teams entered in the International Softbgall Federation Senior World Cup from 2002-12. Eighteen S-F AA tams have entered the International Senior Softball Association Worlds (2001-12). Twelve local teams have entered the International Senior Softball Association Winter Worlds (2008-12).
As an administrator, Schadt has served as a league president, vice-president, schedule maker and fields caretaker in the Millersville Slow-Pitch Church League. He served as president from 1979-96.
He was also an officer and schedule maker for the Phoenixville Area YMCA ASA Softball League. He also scheduled the Phoenixville ASA Recreation Department Softball League. At Linfield, he has been an officer, schedule maker and fields worker.
Schadt has served as an ASA of Pa. state officer in 2012 as a Seniors and Masters representative and has served the same capacity as ASA of Pa. District No. 14. He has been chairman of the Pa. Masters/Seniors Committee and tournament director of the Pa. Senior State Tournaments and has been a member of the Team Classifications Committee in District No. 2. He has been a Senior Softball Summitt figure on the Advisory Board and ISSA/ISF delegate in Florida, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
Schadt’s regular age teams have played in the following ASA Nationals: 1988-Class C, Las Vegas, Nev.; 1989-Class C, Las Vegas, Nev.; 1994-Class C, Montgomery, Ala.; 1995-Class C, Marietta, Ga.; 1996-Class B, Marietta, Ga; and 1997-Class C, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
As a mathematics teacher, Schadt has always been one for precision and exact figures. He has also had to be exact during the past 14 years in the Senior Division with 80 different ASA teams and 330 different players, including 10 last year, so that no one has the same number.
“It takes a lot of time to keep track of that,” he said. “With the sheet ordering uniforms, you can’t have two teams with the same numbers. You have to be careful on the same team.”
The Schadts were married on June 22, 1996. Tom credits his wife with being quite supportive of all of his softball endeavors.