Wayne B. Schiele, who devoted himself to teaching and coaching over a 51-year career and served on the Wharton Board of Education in Morris County for the past seven years, died Jan. 6.
Born in Newark, he graduated from Irvington High School in 1966 and Glassboro College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in education. He was predeceased by his mother, Bertha Lasker Schiele, and father William “Buster” Schiele.
His legacy is in the lives he touched over his career as a respected teacher and coach. Coach Schiele, known to many as “Schiels,” lived to be on a field, a wrestling mat, and at the golf range. Whether it was football, wrestling, track and field, baseball, or golf, he devoted his life to his love of sports, his students, and his players.
He spent most of his career at the prestigious Newark academy, leading the school to multiple state championships and state titles in wrestling and football. A true son of New Jersey, he also shared himself with Montville, Ridgewood, Panther Academy, Parsippany, Kushner Academy, and various other schools and districts throughout New Jersey.
He was proudly named the AAU NJ wrestling coach, a position he held for years, where he traveled with his players to Canada, Eastern Europe and South America. He also coached at the 1980 Olympic trials in Canada for freestyle wrestling.
The only thing he loved more than coaching was his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Pamela Tino Schiele; daughters Stacy Schiele Geiger (Eric), and Jodi Schiele Arden (Matt); his son, Joey Schiele; along with grandchildren, Truman, Lawson, Hayes and Hudson; his in-laws Salvatore and Joan Tino, brother-in-law Jeff Tino, Salvatore Tino (Valerie); a nephew and nieces, and many friends.
Arrangements are by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel.