Jefferson To Name Field After Niemeyer May 28

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By Grant Burkhardt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Jefferson High School softball field will officially become the Larry Niemeyer Field on Tuesday, May 28. A naming ceremony will be held at 7:15 p.m., between the Jefferson -Waterloo games. The special program will include comments by CRCSD Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson, the presentation of a naming plaque, and the unveiling of the Larry Niemeyer Field sign by Niemeyer and his family.

Superintendent Benson approved the request by the Jefferson High School Booster Club and administration to name the field in honor of Niemeyer last fall noting, “Mr. Niemeyer’s 53-year career in education, including numerous coaching recognitions, is worthy of such a significant recognition.”

Niemeyer led Jefferson High School to 19 state softball tournaments and 3 state championships. His total of 2,089 softball victories stands as the most ever by any high school coach, anywhere. “This illustrious and legendary career deserves recognition,” reads the Jefferson Booster Club request.

“We believe placing Larry Niemeyer’s name on the field at the Jefferson Softball Complex, where it can stand as a permanent reminder of his contributions to Jefferson High School and the Cedar Rapids Community School District, is a worthy mark of our appreciation” said Mark Fiala, Booster Club President.

Niemeyer retired from the classroom in 2011; he continued to coach the J-Hawk softball team through the 2012 season. In total he coached for 25 years at Jefferson. In addition to his national record softball victories, Coach Niemeyer’s basketball teams won 871 games. He was named 1989 National High School Softball Coach of the Year and 1990 State Softball Coach of the Year. In 2004, and again in 2010, the National Federation of State High Schools honored him as the National Softball Coach of the Year. Coach Niemeyer was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2002 as awarded by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. Niemeyer is the only coach in the history of Iowa girls’ athletics to win a state championship in four different sports – basketball, softball, cross country and indoor track.

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