by Rob Morris
Jul 16, 2012
When it comes to running Stefan Seifried has it in his blood.
“My dad’s been taking me around since i could walk. I’ve been at track meets since 1978,” says Seifried.
The 38-year old was approved as the Moore Lions new men’s cross country and track coach at Monday night’s school board meeting.
“This has been a blessing to come up here,” says Seifried, “I’ve worked with Chad Mashburn here for about 5 or 6 years with the Meet of Champions, just kind of helping him with his meet.”
Seifried may look young, but he has 19-years of coaching experience under his belt. 13 at Altus and the previous six at Weatherford.
“I feel pretty confident. I have a lot of experience,” said Seifried, “I’ll be bringing back a lot of experienced coaches here, like Ben Martin. Been around him a long time. Ben’s kind of like one of them nails that won’t rust.”
In addition to moving his wife Anna and son, Tresten, who will be a 9th-grader this fall, Seifried has to jump in right away with practice.
Seifried said, “Cross country’s right around the corner. We’re gonna be starting up. In about 2 or 3 weeks we’re gonna be having our first meet.”
He admits he looks young, even for 38, but is quick to point out that he’s been around track and field since he could crawl and he’s developed a clear coaching philosophy.
“I’m a stern guy but i’m pretty fair. I enjoy it. This is my life’s passion. I may not look all that old, but i’ve got a lot of experience behind me, a father that’s done it 46 years now,” Seifried said.