Reed City wrestling coach gets 500th win

Roger Steig, back row, right has racked up more than 500 wrestling wins as a coach.
Roger Steig, back row, right has racked up more than 500 wrestling wins as a coach.

REED CITY — Roger Steig has joined the 500 club.

The long-time Reed City wrestling coach directed his team to three wins in the Gladwin Invitational on Saturday.

His second win was the 500th of his career and he’s now at 501. His losses total in the 200s.

Steig has been coaching in Reed City for 33 years. He’s been head coach since 2000. His current team is 12-15. His best season was 32 wins. His teams have won a combined five district titles.

“It’s more about the kids,” Steig said. “I’ve been fortunate. I graduated from Reed City and wrestled at Ferris. When I was given the opportunity to coach at Reed City, it was my alma mater.

“I’ve been thankful to the Reed City school system for giving me the opportunity. There’s a ton of kids I’ve been able to touch their lives for 33 years. It’s not about the coach. It’s about the kids.”

“In the short time I have worked with Roger, he role models the character we want to build within our student athletes, integrity, purpose, and hard work,” Reed City athletic director Kurt Grangood said. “It is huge milestone for Coach Steig, which illustrates a commitment to the program, student athletes, and community.

“Roger has an optimistic character and it becomes infectious with the wrestlers. He builds on the little successes, and the team has progressively improved throughout the year.”

Kris Griffin was Reed City director through last season.

“I am super excited for Roger reaching this milestone in his career,” Griffin said. “His dedication to Reed City kids and families is to be applauded. It was my pleasure to work with him for the five years that I was AD.

“The other notable with Roger is that he coaches not just one varsity sport, but two. He spends a lot of time with our kids to build successful programs at Reed City High. Reed City High School is very lucky to have Roger and his family supporting our athletic programs.”

Steig said he will continue coaching “as long as I feel I’m positive for the program and for the kids. My son (Ryan) is my assistant now. That adds to it.”

Steig runs his own trucking business in the area. He’s been coaching softball and is entering his eighth year as the head skipper.