NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 26 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.
Steve Reischman was an undersized, offensive lineman while playing for the legendary Chuck Semancik at West Bremerton. He continued his football career by playing at Olympic College and later started at Central Washington University, which was 9-1 and won the Evergreen Conference title during his senior year in 1972.
Reischman took a position as a graduate assistant at CWU during their 1973 season. In 1974, he started teaching science and coaching football and wrestling at South Kitsap High School. He became one of Ed Fisher’s top assistants during an era when the South Kitsap Wolves had one of the best high school football programs in the state.
Reischman helped develop exceptional offensive linemen including Benji Olson, Tony Coats, and Andrew Peterson to name a few.
Reischman coached 26 seasons at South Kitsap High and then served as the district athletic director at South Kitsap for six years, retiring in 2005. Following his retirement, he worked six years for the Narrows League as its secretary/treasurer.