Players from three decades of Verona High School soccer teams turned out at Centennial Field on Tuesday, October 5 to honor George Stiefbold, the man who made soccer almost synonymous with Verona. Yes, some of the players were a bit gray, and maybe they couldn’t sprint downfield the way they did in their championship seasons. But no matter: This was Steppy’s night, and they stood on the sidelines for him just as they had so many years ago.
Stiefbold holds the VHS record for most soccer coaching wins. He cajoled, pushed, and prodded his teams to 11 conference championships and seven state championships, including four consecutive state championships and 19 winning seasons from 1965 to 1983.
Listen as the record of his accomplishments is read out in the videos below, and see the characteristic humility with which Steppy accepted it all. Current VHS Athletic Director Gary Farishian announced on Tuesday that the George Stiefbold Sportsmanship Award will now be awarded annually to a Verona soccer player.
Our thanks to Jeff Stiefbold for the photo of his dad above and on the home page.