Two sports practice fields to the east of the Bob Pates Stadium at Burnsville High School will be renamed this fall, following action of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education on June 22.
Board members approved naming the fields as the “Ted Seidel Practice Fields” in honor and memory of Ted Seidel, the head boys' soccer coach at Burnsville High School for 28 years.
“By naming these fields in his honor and memory, Coach Seidel's legacy will live on with the BHS soccer and athletic programs,” said Jeff Marshall, the district’s activities/athletics director.
Last April, Marshall brought together a committee of educators, coaches and community members who considered statistical information and the impact of the coach. They unanimously agreed to bring the recommendation to the Board of Education that the fields be named after Seidel.
“No doubt that Ted Seidel was the ‘Father of Burnsville Soccer’,” said Marshall. “He not only started the team at Burnsville High School but also reached out to the Burnsville Athletic Club to get their program started.”
A dedication will take place this fall and a sign will be added to the scoreboard on the practice fields.
Seidel started the boys' soccer program in 1970, retiring from the position in 1998. His teams finished with a combined 333-140-55 record. Under his tutelage, BHS teams finished as section champs and six-time state qualifiers and were section runners-up nine times. His teams also won eight conference titles and finished as state champs in 1980, 1982, 1990 and 1993.
Seidel received numerous awards for his coaching, including the Burnsville Athletic Club Citizen Award in 1974; the State Champions Coach Award in 1980, 1982, 1990 and 1993; the Minnesota Coach of the Year Award in 1991, and the Father of Burnsville Soccer Award in 1999.
In 1981, Seidel received the Midwest Soccer Coach of the Year Award and was a nominee for the National Coach of the Year Award. He was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association 25-year Club in 1994 and the Minnesota State High School Soccer Hall of Fame in 1991.
Seidel was among the first 20 inductees to the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame in 2006 during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.
In addition to coaching, Seidel was a German language teacher at BHS from 1965 until he retired from teaching in 1996. He died in 2015 at the age of 84.