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Mott's Steve Schmidt Wins No. 600
 March 7, 2013

"A stat that's significant to me is that we've had so many kids move on to universities,” Schmidt said. “That's what I do as a coach is try to make a positive impact on the kids that I work with and 80 over my 22 years have had the chance to move on and get an education; that's more important."

FLINT, Michigan — There aren’t too many better ways to win your 600th game as a head coach. Steve Schmidt’s Mott Community College Bears came through in the clutch for their hall of fame coach to secure a milestone for him and another state championship for the program he built. No. 4-ranked Mott (27-3) knocked off no. 3-ranked Glen Oaks ,73-65, in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) State Championship game on Saturday, March 2, 2013. 

The win secured for Schmidt his program’s sixth MCCAA State Championship in the last eight years. The Bears, led by sophomore forward Fred Mattison (Anderson, SC), begin their quest to repeat as NJCAA National Champions this weekend at Delta College near Bay City. Mott received a bye in the first round and will take on Henry Ford CC (Dearborn, MI) at 3 p.m. to win the right to play for the District 10 championship and another trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, IL. 

“March is a great time of year,” Schmidt said. “Our teams always seem to rise to the occasion when the alternative to winning is going home.” 

For Schmidt, Danville is a home away from home. His program has had more success in that tournament than any other program in the country. His tournament winning percentage (.871) is an all-time record.

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