Most of us know Gerry Sieber as the cross country coach with a baby blue hat, biking from place to place with a smile. What you may not know is that Sieber has been inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame for his successful 36 years of coaching… soccer.
Sieber, who was inducted November 15 in Martinsville, VA., coached 23 of those 36 years of soccer at Hesston and the remainder at Bethel College (N. Newton). Among his 36 soccer teams were 22 NJCAA All-Americans. To top it all off, Sieber has been nominated as Coach of the Year eight times.
“I am so grateful for the many people and the many experiences that I have been privileged to be a part of,” said Sieber.
Sieber said his best coaching memories revolve around building relationships.
“Mentoring and being mentored by some wonderful athletes at an important time in their athletic and personal development.”
An athlete to the core, Sieber also played a variety of sports in college and soccer his senior year at Goshen College. At Goshen, he was on the only undefeated soccer team in college history, played for a semi-pro team in Chicago, was even invited to try out for the US Olympic soccer team right after college.
In 2010 Sieber helped relaunch Hesston’s men’s and women’s cross country teams and has been coaching the two teams since.