Byline: Ruth Silverman Daily Herald Correspondent
Jeff Siegal tries in vain to deflect questions about his latest triumph.
The Buffalo Grove High School teacher and cheerleading coach has been named "Coach of the Year," by his fellow coaches in the Mid-Suburban League Conference, but he's loath to discuss his own triumph.
"Can't we talk about the kids?" he begs. "They are the ones who came home with wins at the meet at Wheeling High School."
All 11 coaches in the Mid-Suburban League have one vote for Coach of the Year, who is the recipient of the winner of the Corey Friedl coach's award.
Siegal, who has guided his squads to major wins in national competitions, happily accepted the honor, named for the long-time coach at Stevenson High School. He says, as the newer guy in the game, he didn't expect it.
"I was kind of surprised," he says. "I work with wonderful professionals in the field and the kids are fantastic."
Siegal is in only his third year as Buffalo Grove High School's head cheerleading coach, but he's already led the varsity coed team to a national title and the junior varsity girls to a third-place finish at a prestigious national contest last spring. "Last week, we had to redo our routine at the last minute because Meagan Riley, the captain of our varsity squad, had a knee injury," he says of the recent meet at which both coed varsity and junior varsity squads took first place. …