Lee Gerdes Calls it a Career After 37 Years

Jan. 11, 2018, 7:11 p.m. (ET)

Content Courtesy of Conestoga Valley School District

LANCASTER, Pa. -Conestoga Valley head field hockey coach Lee Gerdes retired after leading the Lady Buckskins for more than 37 years.

“It’s time for someone young and energetic with new ideas to take over the program,” said Gerdes. “I loved working with students and spending my time coaching at CV. It’s been a great place to work.”

Gerdes began her coaching career at CV in 1981. During her time at the district, she had an unofficial career record of 298 wins, 282 losses and 49 ties. In 2003, Gerdes led the Buckskins to the L-L League Championship.

The overall record is deceiving because for many years, we competed in Section 1 when we could have been in Section 2 based on our student enrollment numbers,” said CV Athletic Director Zac Kraft. “Coach Gerdes never defined success for her program in terms of wins and losses; it was always about the journey and improvement.

Gerdes was beloved by her players and well-respected amongst her peers, being named Coach of the Year several times and making a big impression on her students and the field hockey community on a local, state and national levels.

“Certainly, the big wins and the times you get to bring home a trophy are certainly memorable,” said Gerdes, “but probably the most memorable moments are the kids I got to work with and I continue to stay in touch with them.”

Coach Gerdes was an outstanding teacher and coach, and an even better person who cared about all students,” said Kraft. “She truly captured the essence of teaching by empowering young women to be the best version of themselves at all times. Her longevity is a testament to her character and sense of loyalty. Her legacy shall endure here in Witmer. She is a first-ballot hall of famer in all aspects of her career as a teacher, coach and mentor.

Gerdes retired from her job as a physical education teacher at Conestoga Valley at the end of the 2015- 2016 school year. Now that she’s retired from both teaching and field hockey, Gerdes, who says she will “forever be interested in field hockey,” plans to spend retirement traveling, with the hope to one day see the Hockey World Cup. Gerdes also plans on continuing to do the scorebook for CV girls’ basketball and softball teams.

Conestoga Valley has begun the process of searching for its next head field hockey coach. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Zac Kraft, Athletic Director, 2110 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster.