From: Tammy Lyga
Is Steve Lyga really heading south? NO, he isn’t leaving the Pirates in the foreseeable future. Lyga, the head football coach at C-FC for the past 20 years, has been selected to lead the South All Stars for Divisions 4-7. His coaching peers named him the Head Coach of the All Star Game this past winter. The game, which benefits Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will take place on Saturday, July 20, at noon at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.
As the head football coach of the All Stars, Coach Lyga had the opportunity to review coaching nominations and to research other D 4-7 coaches from the southern half of the state. The assistant coaches were chosen from 6 different sections of Southern Wisconsin (and one, at large, volunteer).
The coaches and athletes get started on Sunday, July 14 at a one-week camp at UW-Whitewater. There are 46 players on the squad, representing 38 schools in the southern half of Wisconsin.
This year’s local student-athletes playing in the All Star game are Paul Mines (utility offense) and Dalton Jeske (offensive line) from Arcadia, Alex Midtlien (defensive line), Westby, Ian Collins (defensive line) Hillsboro, and Parker Lyga (wide receiver), Cochrane-Fountain City. Congratulations on your accomplishments on the football field, in other sports, and for becoming leaders of our Western Wisconsin communities. (Each participant had to raise a minimum of $500.00 in donations to the Children’s Hospital to participate in this contest.)
Steve Lyga is a 1977 graduate of Whitehall Memorial High School. He started his coaching career by coaching Little League in 1974 for the Pigeon Falls Lions Club. He also coached Little League in neighboring Pleasantville and for York-Northfield Women’s Softball, where the squad won ASA State titles in 1980 and 1981. Lyga was the first-ever head softball coach for UW-La Crosse, being hired to start the women‘s softball program. He has coached football for 30 seasons, including Marshfield, St. Michael-Albertville, Winona Cotter and C-FC. He is the son of Helen Lyga and the late Aloizie Lyga of Pigeon Falls.
Good luck, Coach Lyga and the area athletes who are representing West Central Wisconsin, its conferences (Coulee, Dairyland, Scenic Bluffs), its schools (Arcadia, C-FC, Westby, and Hillsboro), and their football programs in this endeavor.