Stieg resigns as Tilghman head coach
When Stieg took over as head coach of the Blue Tornado prior to the 2002-03 season, they were just coming off a berth in the Sweet Sixteen state finals -- becoming the first school from the region to make it that far in 19 years. Stieg was able to keep Tilghman near the top of the region throughout his tenure, guiding it to a 292-139 record during his 14 years.
His time at Tilghman included 10 district championships and three First Region championships in a four-year span from 2007-2010. Stieg's win total at Tilghman ranks him third in school history, trailing only the legendary Otis Dinning (520 wins) and Berny Miller (481).
"You go in cycles and have better years than others, but the Tilghman kids always battle," Stieg said. "Even in down years, we always put a competitive team on the court."
Stieg mentioned his recent teams as some of the most fun he's coached, as they didn't necessarily have the size but excelled with their speed and playmaking ability.
The 2015-16 Blue Tornado won the Second District championship for the second straight year and won 27 straight games. In guiding Tilghman to one of its best years, Stieg was named the All-Purchase Coach of the Year for the first time.
"The way those kids shared the basketball...I was so glad to go through with this last senior group," Stieg said of the senior-laden Blue Tornado squad that featured four starters who graduated last month. "These last few years were just so enjoyable to coach."
Tilghman athletic director Kris Durfee said the job will be posted right away, with the program set to have just its fourth coach since 1988.
It'll officially be the beginning of a new era for Tilghman, who will enter next season with a new coach and a roster completely made over led by junior JJ Reed and sophomore Rodriguez Thomas.
Stieg will still be around the school, with his new duties including some athletic supervision at Tilghman.
Always humble, Stieg thanked the coaches around him for his successes while at the helm of the program.
"I have to thank all of the players and most importantly my assistant coaches," he said. "They have always been a tremendous help to me and I appreciate what they have done."