Dallas Center-Grimes softball coach Steve Schlafke is the 2017 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award in softball. Steve will be honored Friday, July 21 at the Iowa Girls State Softball Tournament prior to the start of the Class 4A state championship game.


The IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession.


Schlafke has been coaching for 42 years and has been the softball coach at Dallas Center-Grimes for the last 15 seasons, with prior stops at Garnavillo, Audubon and ADM. He has led 13 teams to the Iowa State Softball Tournament, winning three state titles at Dallas Center-Grimes. Another career highlight was coaching Garnavillo in a 31-inning softball game against Waterloo West in 1986. The game is believed to be a national high school record for the longest high school softball game ever played.


Schlafke has been honored with induction into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Coach Hall of Fame and has been a member of the IGHSAU Softball Advisory Committee and a clinician at many softball camps and clinics. He has coached four 100 game winners and two IGHSAU Hall of Famers.


Steve and his wife Lu Ann have two daughters; Kasey and Yana, and two grandsons, Beckett and Maddox.