Hiester inducted into Lacrosse Hall of Fame

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Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester received two honors last week at the Lacrosse Foundation Banquet.

Hiester was inducted into the Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame and received the Bob Mauney Award from the Colorado Lacrosse Officials Association at the June 10 banquet in Denver.

Hiester knew Mauney, a former official, and his family. The Steamboat coach was thankful to receive such an honor from the state's officials.

"It was given to someone involved in lacrosse that officials felt upheld (Mauney's) values of lacrosse and respect for the game," Hiester said.

Hiester got his start in lacrosse at Colorado College because the sport wasn't available where he grew up in Denver. He played enough at CC to learn the fundamentals, which has proven to be more than enough to help his coaching career.

"It was a good fit," Hiester said of him and coaching lacrosse. "I'd been coaching football and basketball, and there were enough similarities."

Lacrosse has evolved through the years, and Hiester said he has changed with the sport and its players through his three stops in different districts. One thing that hasn't changed is Hiester's influence on his players.

Dave Brattin, Jason Neely and Ryan Silva, former players of Hiester's, spoke on Hiester's Hall of Fame video shown at the Lacrosse Foundation banquet. All three live in the Denver area and are coaches.

"It's incredible," Hiester said. "I can't go anywhere where I don't run into former players that are coaching, playing or officiating. It's been very gratifying."

Hiester also had the rewarding opportunity of coaching his sons Brian and John at Smoky Hill.

Hiester said as the Steamboat players continue to improve and head off into college and life, he is certain there will be some Sailors who pop up on college club, varsity teams or on sidelines somewhere.

This season, the Steamboat boys lacrosse team went 6-4 in its third season.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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