By Fred Liggett,
A Final Four berth and a trip to St. Louis to compete for a State Championship is how the Lee’s Summit High boys soccer team finished the 2018 season. Soon after Tigers Coach Dave Wiebenga received word of being named the Missouri Class 4 coach of the year.
Coach Wiebenga thoughts on the honor “Very humbling to be thought of in that regard.” “There are some fine coaches out there.” Wiebenga found out about the honor via a tweet from his pastor. The coach was at his dad’s house in Iowa when he got a re-tweeted item from an original tweet saying he had won the award. This is the second time for Wiebenga to receive this honor, the first one coming in 2014.
Coach Wiebenga was happy to talk about his 2018 team, “A Great group of guys, day in and day out displayed quality leadership.” “The team consistently worked to get better.” Wiebenga’s teams have been successful throughout his 14 years as head coach of the Tigers program. The Tigers have won seven district titles, seven conference titles to go along with the first state title for the soccer program, a Class 4 State Championship in 2014.
Weibenga’s end of season thoughts, “The Final Four didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but we played good soccer and achieved team objectives this year which was to win conference, win the district and go to state.” One final thought from the coach of the year on this year’s team, “Couldn’t ask to be around a better group of guys.”