Excessive College Soccer: Jon Steffenhagen resigns as GET coach after 26 seasons | Put together soccer
GET soccer coach Jon Steffenhagen will retire after 26 seasons at the helm of the team.
Rory O’Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune
Jon Steffenhagen first tried to resign as a football coach at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in 2002, but headmaster Craig Gerlach would not allow this to happen.
“He said,” No, I want you to think about it. “Said Steffenhagen.” I just wanted to be finished, but he wouldn’t let me.
“Yeah, 19 years later I’m still here.”
He won’t stand in the same places for long after announcing his retirement as a coach and teacher at the school on Monday.
57-year-old Steffenhagen, whose 26 seasons at the Red Hawks have resulted in 160 wins, eight conference championships and 20 WIAA playoff appearances, is ready to see what’s in the next chapter of his life, as he’s the right time for a change found has discussed it for years.
“The stars have aligned and it feels like the right time, but it was a little bit of heaven for me here,” said Steffenhagen, who put the Red Hawks on a 4th during an alternate spring season played due to COVID : 1 record trained -19 pandemic and 18 consecutive seasons without losing the conference record.
The Steffenhagen teams were about as consistent as everyone else in the Coulee region. They have achieved varying degrees of success – the Red Hawks were quarter-finalists in Division 4 in 2003 and 2016 and quarter-finals in Division 5 in 2019 – but they were always a very good blocking and running team with Steffenhagen’s double-wing offensive.