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Siemering New Cabrillo Athletic Director
Siemering New Cabrillo Athletic Director
TitleSiemering New Cabrillo Athletic Director
DescriptionLarry Siemering named first Cabrillo College football coach
Original sourceSanta Cruz Sentinel
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Santa Cruz Sentinel, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format10w x 8h inches
TextSiemering New Cabrillo Athletic Director By Arnold Wechter Cabrillo college yesterday announced the selection of Larry Siemering, Santa Cruz high school football coach, as its new athletic director. Siemering, who led the Cardinals to two league championships during his three-year tenure, will coach the new junior college football team when it takes to the field for the first time in 1960. His departure may not be as disastrous as it first sounds for the local high school. Athletic Director Roger Baer said it is quite possible Siemering would continue to coach the high school football team during the coming season. Baer said it would prove extremely difficult for the Cardinals to locate a top-flight football coach at this late date for the coming campaign. "It would be difficult at any time to replace a man of Siemering's stature, " Baer said, "but if it meets with the approval of the high school and college boards I will recommend that he coach the Cardinals this coming season." Baer pointed out that the junior college, now temporarily located at Watsonviile high school, will field no team this season and would not conflict with Siemering coaching Santa Cruz high. Santa Cruz Superintendent Dr. Lawrence Magee said he thought it was an excellent idea, and would recommend it to the board as the solution to a difficult problem. Siemering's new job will find him organizing the physical education and athletic program at Cabrillo. "It will be a big and challenging job, " the silver- thatched mentor said today, "but I believe Cabrillo will prove to be one of the state's finest junior colleges in the future." He said he is sorry to be leaving Santa Cruz high, but considered the new position a definite advancement. He also indicated that he would consider coaching the high school team in the coming season if it met with the approval of Cabrillo President Dr. Robert Swenson and the college trustees. A veteran of high school, college and professional coaching, Siemering will be making his first venture at the junior college level. The former University of San Francisco All-American began his high school career at Manteca high school. At one time he had a winning streak of 38 games. In 1942, Siemering moved to Stockton college and the College of the Pacific as line coach under the "grand old man of football, " Amos Alonzo Stagg. He remained in this capacity until taking; over as head coach at COP in 1947. Led by Eddie LeBaron, Siemering's teams won 10 and lost one in both 1947 and '48, and compiled a perfect season of 11 straight the following year. He completed his coaching career at Stockton in 1950 with a 7-21 mark. Following his stay at COP, Siemering coached a single season at Arizona State (Tempe) and then entered the pro ranks as line coach for the Washington Redskins. In 1954 he became head coach of the Calgary Stampeders, a Canadian, professional team. After a season out of football, Siemering came to Santa Cruz high school. His three-year record of 20 wins, six losses and a tie made the Cardinals a power among northern California prep teams. His 1958 squad was rated best in north state as it compiled a perfect record of nine victories. In 1956 he brought Santa Cruz its first CCAL championship in 13 years as the team won four of its league games and finished the season with a 4-4-1 mark. The following year Santa Cruz won seven and lost two, but finished second to Salinas. Siemering is known as one of the nation's finest offensive coaches, and he is generally credited with being the inventor of the belly series now used by many high schools, college and teams throughout the nation.
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