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Sig Brauch

Coaching ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Sig Brauch has proven to be a trailblazer in Pittsburgh-area soccer. On the college level, he was the first soccer coach in Robert Morris history, and on the scholastic level, he started Beaver High Schoolís program from its infancy. At Beaver, he became one of the most successful coaches in the history of the WPIAL, and the winningest coach in Beaver County history.    

Now he has established another landmark for the sport, as Brauch has become the first individual involved with soccer to be inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.    

Brauch was born in Friedrichshafen, Germany and became immersed in his countryís national sport at a young age. After his family came to the United States in the early-1950s, Brauch, along with his brothers, Manfred and Achim, became standout soccer players for Edison Technical and Industrial High School in Rochester, NY.    

After earning his bachelors and masters degrees, he began his teaching career at Penn State-Beaver before joining the faculty in the Beaver School District in 1981, where he is still teaching German 30 years later. He also began his long coaching career, serving as an assistant at Blackhawk and Penn State-Beaver before spending a season as the head coach at Robert Morris.    

In 1983, he was asked to start the soccer program from scratch at Beaver High School, a position he would hold for the next 25 years. During that quarter century, Brauch led Beaver to the WPIAL playoffs 12 times and the PIAA tournament twice. He won six section championships at Beaver and led the Bobcats to the WPIAL Class AA championship game in 2006, losing a 1-0 heartbreaker. When he stepped down as Beaverís coach after the 2008 season, Brauch was the winningest soccer coach in Beaver County history with 293 career victories.    

Brauch also established himself as a widely respected referee on the professional, college and scholastic levels. He was a USSF soccer referee under the auspices of the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Association, and joined the referee ranks of the Tri-State High School Soccer Referees Association and the U. S. College Soccer Referees Association.    On the professional level, Brauch became a referee in the Major Indoor Soccer League, serving as an official at Pittsburgh Spirit games at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh for a number of years.    

Of his coaching career, Brauch said: "I believe that my 25 competitive years of soccer at Beaver were devoted to teach many a soccer athlete not so much to be soccer players, but to collect their resources, to raise the bar of their physical and mental abilities, to be courageous competitors in the game of life."    

A United States Navy veteran, Brauch has a daughter, Julie, and son, Jon, himself a former soccer standout at Beaver. Brauch has passed his coaching genes on to his daughter, who is the head Track and Field coach at Beaver, where Dad serves as one of her assistants.