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Coaches Terry Michler, Dan Rolfes inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

By: Warren Mayes

CBC's Terry Michler recently was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

CBC’s Terry Michler recently was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Terry Michler and Dan Rolfes were honored for their success as coaches by being inducted recently into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Michler is the veteran soccer coach of CBC High. He recently guided the Cadets to a 1-0 win over De Smet Jesuit to win the Class 4 state championship.

Rolfes is the head coach of the Incarnate Word Academy basketball team.

The Incarnate Word Academy basketball program and the CBC soccer program also were inducted.

“I’m honored,” Michler said. “I was caught totally off guard when I got the phone call.”

Rolfes was the same way.

“They called me and told me,” Rolfes said. “It’s such a neat honor. My first thought was I’m too young. I thought this happened when people retired. I’m definitely honored for sure.”

Besides the two active coaches, 16 other individuals were honored in a ceremony held at Chase Park Plaza. More than 600 were in attendance.

Once called “The Godfather of High School Soccer in the Nation,” Michler just finished his 50th year as a high school coach and his 48th with CBC. He entered the season with a remarkable record of 990-229-109, with the win total the most in the nation, according to the National Federation of High School Associations.

His teams have won nine of CBC’s 10 state championships, and he has earned three National Coach of the Year awards along with three Midwest Regional Coach of the Year awards.

Additionally, Michler, who coached two seasons at Bishop Hogan High in Kansas City, is a CBC graduate and an inductee of the St. Louis Soccer, Missouri Soccer Coaches, Rockhurst University and CBC Athletics halls of fame. So this latest honor makes him a member of five halls of fame.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Michler said. “I’m grateful and thankful.”

Incarnate Word Academy coaches recently were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Incarnate Word Academy coaches recently were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Rolfes’ teams have won 524 games entering this season. That covers a 483-69 record at Incarnate Word, where his teams have won eight state championships [2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018] and reached 13 Final Fours.

He is an inductee of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations-Midwest Division [2010], the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association [2010] and was named the Nike High School All-American Game coach [2010].

Rofles, who coached Rosary High for two years, was a court coach with the USA U16 national team in 2017.

“I just talked mostly about the players and the coaches that have been with the program,” Rolfes said. “They deserve most of the credit.

“It was a great ceremony. There was a great crowd of people. It was fun to be included with some of those professional players. It was just a neat atmosphere.”

The Incarnate Word Academy program has won a record nine state championships. Its first came in 1995 as coach Jim Johnson guided the Red Knights to a 51-50 victory against Jefferson City Helias in Class 3 as the team finished 29-4. The program also has placed at the Final Four eight other times – with a second-place finish in 2008, five third-place finishes [1993, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2012] and two fourth-place showings [1999, 2016].

In the Rolfes era alone, 44 players have gone on to play college basketball, including 21 NCAA Division I players. The program has been ranked five times in the Top 25 by USA Today and finished No. 2 in 2014.

“It all goes hand-in-hand,” Rolfes said. “If not for players and coaches, I’m not in there.”

One of the most storied high school sports programs in the state and nationally is the CBC soccer program. The Cadets have 1,402 career victories dating to 1955 and have captured 10 Missouri state championships, plus reached the state semifinals 19 other times. The Bob Horgan-coached 1968 team won the state’s first postseason tournament, and the legacy has been built with state titles that cover the years 1983, 1984, 1988, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2018 – with those nine in the Michler era, which spans from 1969 to this season.

The Cadets also have placed as the state runner-up six times [1980, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1996, 1997] and earned five third-place finishes [1978, 1979, 1998, 2000, 2017].

In his short time to speak at the ceremony, Michler said he mentioned the coaches and players over the years.

“The winning tradition [goes] way back,” Michler said. “Thanks to a lot of people for allowing me to do what I do. I also mentioned a few of our special alumni over the years, especially the older ones from the 1950s and 1960s.

“The ceremony was very nice and professionally done. They really made you feel special.”

Michler called the event “awesome.” He was pleased with how many came out for CBC.

“We had close to 100 current and former coaches and players in attendance,” Michler said.

Both coaches liked the fact they are still active.

“I feel like I’ve got unfinished business to take care of,” Rolfes said.

“It’s nice to be honored and nice to still be coaching,” Michler said.

Others who were inducted were:

• Isaac Bruce, a standout wide receiver of the St. Louis Rams.

• Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a six-time Olympic track and field medalist.

• Mark Buehrle, a St. Francis Howell North High School graduate and 16-year big-league pitcher.

• Bernard Gilkey, a University City High School graduate and 12-year big-league outfielder.

• Frank Cusumano, the Emmy Award-winning sports director of KSDK TV.

• Irv Goode, a lineman for 10 seasons with the St. Louis football Cardinals.

• Bill McDermott, known as “Mr. Soccer” of Saint Louis University.

• Dr. Matt Matava, the longtime team physician of the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Blues.

• Pete Woods, a University City High School graduate and former University of Missouri quarterback.

• Al Nipper, a Hazelwood West High School standout and former big-league pitcher.

• Karen Davis, the longtime volleyball coach of St. Joseph’s Academy.

• Jim Halliburton, a longtime successful swim coach now at Saint Louis University.

• Dale Gildehaus, now in his 32nd year as the head football coach of St. Francis Borgia High School.

• Myron Holtzman, a sports journalist from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

• Travis Brown, the former director of athletics of St. Louis Public Schools.

• Mark Edwards, the men’s basketball coach of Washington University for 31 years.

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