Title ||Bruce Stiefelmeyer|
||Inducted January 2013|
||Bruce Stiefelmeyer=s involvement in basketball really took off when he was hired to teach at N.F.C.V.I. in 1962.|
As a coach, Bruce was greatly influenced by his fellow coaches. Jimmy Rose was the senior coach, Howie Triano was the junior coach, while Bruce coached the midgets. In time, Bruce would also coach the junior and senior teams. Both in 1969 & 1970, the N.F.C.V.I. Senior Red Raiders won the Review Championship. In later years Bruce coached at Stamford, A.N. Myer and Lord Elgin.
Bruce played basketball in local leagues for twenty years and he was a playing coach in 1969 and 1973.
In 1984, along with Les Potapczyk and Brian Mulligan, Bruce helped organize and run the Niagara Falls Minor Basketball League. This was a house league that provided boys in Grades 5-8 an opportunity both to play and to gain an insight into the sport of basketball. He continued with this league until his retirement from teaching in 1995. For his efforts with this league, Bruce was honoured by Rotary International and named a Paul Harris Fellow.
In 1995, Bruce became the recruiting coordinator for the University of Western Ontario Men=s Basketball Team - a position that he still holds to this day.
Bruce was also very involved in girls= soccer. He coached both house league & traveling team for the Niagara Falls Minor Girls= Soccer Association. In 1987, Bruce coached the First Niagara Insurance Team that reached the Ontario Cup Semi-Finals. Bruce also served as referee-in-Chief for many years.
At the high school level, Bruce Coached the Stamford Girls= Soccer Team, winning a Silver medal at O.F.S.A.A. in 1986, & a Bronze medal in 1987. From 1988 - 1991, Bruce coached the Myer Girls= Soccer team, leading them to several O.F.S.A.A. competitions.
Bruce Stiefelmeyer is a worthy addition to the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame.