Fields named for ‘father of soccer’ in Burnsville

Ted Seidel

The late founder of Burnsville High School’s boys soccer program now has two practice fields named in his honor.

The fields east of Pates Stadium were named the Ted Seidel Practice Fields by the District 191 School Board June 22.

The late Seidel “without a doubt is the father of soccer here in the Burnsville community,” said BHS Athletic and Activity Director Jeff Marshall, who recommended the tribute.

Seidel, who fled Russian-occupied East Germany in 1947 at age 17, had a 31-year career at BHS, where he taught German from 1965 to 1996.

Seidel started the boys soccer program in 1970 and retired from coaching in 1998. His teams won state championships in 1980, 1982, 1990 and 1993. They were section champions and state qualifiers six times and section runners-up nine times.

Seidel won the Minnesota Coach of the Year Award in 1991 and the Father of Burnsville Soccer Award in 1999. He was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Soccer Hall of Fame in 1991 and the BHS Hall of Fame in 2005.

Marshall said Seidel’s soccer players sodded the practice fields, which are now used mostly for football, though soccer goalposts remain. The new name will be posted below the fields’ scoreboard, he said.

Seidel died of pneumonia in October 2015. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s.