Schultz has two stories published in the just-released book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball, 101 Great Hoop Stories from Players, Coaches and Fans.”
The tome is full of inspiring stories and wisdom on life from the musings of basketball luminaries such as Pat Riley, Dolph Schayes, Chris Paul, Grant Hill, Caron Butler, Gregg Popovich, Ed O’Bannon, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Chuck Daly and John Feinstein, as well, as “no-namers like me,” he said.
The book was released Tuesday.
“I submitted four stories two years ago and about a month-and-a-half ago, I received an e-mail from Pat Williams, the senior vice president of the (NBA’s) Orlando Magic, telling me that two of my stories made it into the book,” Schultz said. “The reality of it set in once I had a copy of the book in my hand.
“To see my name, and have a few stories in a book, that includes Coach Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski, two men I idolized growing up, is both an honor and very humbling.”
Schultz, 24, is in his eighth year coaching basketball, six of which have been as a walk-on coach at his alma mater, Fountain Valley High. A former basketball and volleyball player for the Barons — he graduated in 2002 — Schultz coached the Barons freshman team for a year and has been the head JV coach the past five years, including two years serving as an assistant varsity coach.
He has a sociology degree and recently acquired his teaching credential, getting both at Cal State Long Beach, and will begin teaching English at Fountain Valley next fall.
Entering the week, his Fountain Valley team was 16-8 overall and 5-3 in Sunset League play.