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Steamboat program pioneer Bob Hiester reflects on storied career as his final season draws to a close

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The seeds of success

Lacrosse terms

Hiester’s career

1967-68: Pauline Memorial School seventh- and eighth-grade basketball coach

1968 to 1973: Cherry Creek High School football defensive coordinator

1971 to 1974: Cherry Creek High School lacrosse coach

1974 to 1992: Smoky Hill High School football coach

1975 to 1997: Smoky Hill lacrosse coach

1998 to 2001: Grandview High School lacrosse coach

2002 to 2013: Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse coach

Lacrosse by the numbers

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse records

2002: 2-12

2003: 2-9

2004: 6-4

2005: 4-9 (Steamboat joins the Foothills Conference)

2006: 3-8

2007: 4-7

2008: 7-6

2009: 12-1* (Mountain League forms)

2010: 10-2*

2011: 9-7*

2012: 15-2* (Steamboat wins its first playoff game)

2013: 12-3*

*Indicates playoff teams.

Numbers of high school lacrosse programs in Colorado

2001: 28

2002: 33 (Steamboat program begins)

2003: 35 (Steamboat’s Lacrosse team is sanctioned by Colorado High School Activities Association)

2004: 36

2005: 41

2006: 44

2007: 48

2008: 58

2009: 62

2010: 63

2011: 63

2012: 63

2013: 66

Awards received

Colorado High School Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year: 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984 and 1989

Western Slope League Coach of the Year: 2008

Outstanding Sports Coach of the Year from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce: 1981

Colorado Teacher of the Year nominee: 1986

Colorado High School Coaches Association Teacher Coach of the Year: 1991

Colorado High School Lacrosse Coaches Association Man of the Year: 1991

Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee: 2004

Steamboat Springs Booster Club Coach of the Year: 2012

Awards named after Hiester include the Colorado High School Lacrosse Coaches Association Bob Hiester Award given to the coach of the year and the Bob Hiester Outstanding Mathematician award given annually to a teacher at Grandview High School.






John F. Russell