After six seasons at the helm of Springfield College men’s soccer, head coach Steffen Siebert is leaving the program to become a coach with the U.S. Soccer National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, MO.
The development center will be the home facility for Sporting Kansas City (Kansas City’s professional soccer team), and U.S. Soccer plans to move its coaching and education programs to the site.
Siebert announced his decision on Wednesday night in a team meeting. He is expected to leave the college and begin work with the development center in the next few weeks.
“In his tenure as a teacher coach at Springfield College, Coach Siebert has elevated our program, winning conference and regional titles, while rewriting our Division III history books,” said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Craig Poisson, in a statement put out by Springfield College Athletics. “More importantly, he provided those involved with our men’s soccer program with unforgettable experiences and opportunities and made a lasting impression on our student-athletes.”
Siebert’s resume at Springfield is one of the most prolific in all of Division III men’s soccer.
At the helm of the Pride, Siebert has led Springfield to championships in the last three seasons, including an ECAC Championship in 2015, a NEWMAC Men’s Soccer Championship in 2016 and a NEWMAC Regular-Season Title in 2017. In just six years, Siebert has produced 23 NEWMAC All-Conference players, including the 2016 NEWMAC Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Year, Luke Alvaro ’17, who also became the first All-American in Division III program history. In 2017, Brad Deckel ’19 became the first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American, as he produced a 3.97 grade-point average and posted 20 points on the year.
Siebert, who recently completed his doctoral degree in Sports Leadership in the summer of 2017, also holds bachelor of science degrees in psychology and exercise science from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. which he received in May, 2009. He also received his master’s of education degree in psychology from Springfield College in December of 2010.
Junior midfielder Keon Haji had his thoughts that Siebert could potentially leave the program, but he never invested too much time into thinking about the possibility.
“There were subtle signs I guess, but I don’t think anyone ever thought of it too much.”
Although Haji is upset that Siebert is departing, he is also very excited for his coach.
“This is a new chapter in Siebert and Tatum’s (Siebert’s wife) life, and that is an exciting thing,” said Haji. “Personally I get excited about the new chapters in my life. So, I’m genuinely happy for coach. We have just spent a lot of time with him through the years on and off the field. So, part of me is definitely going to miss him, but change is not always a bad thing. Right now I am starting to appreciate change. We will probably lose a lot next year, but there is also a lot to gain.”
Siebert has declined to comment for this story.