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March 12, 2014
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 Longtime Moeller Wrestling Coach Jeff Gaier to Retire


CINCINNATI, March 12, 2014 – After 29 years as head wrestling coach for Archbishop Moeller High School, Jeff Gaier has announced his retirement.

“Jeff has had a long and distinguished career,” said Athletic Director Mike Asbeck in a statement to the faculty and staff today, “and it is with great respect that I hope you can join me in thanking him for his service to our wrestling program. 

“That being said, Jeff is not going anywhere,” he added. “Jeff will be staying on in his technology role and will be a sounding board for me and future coaches.”

Gaier is director of Moeller’s Information Technology Center and was responsible for implementing Moeller’s one-to-one Laptop Program, which was initiated in 1995 and began in 1998, becoming one of the first schools in the nation to use technology as a personal learning tool.  In 2002, educational technology leader IBM selected Moeller as a model program in technology education.*

Coach Jeff Gaier Wrestling Career Records

Wrestling has been a varsity sport at Moeller for 51 years, and for the last 29 years the program has been led byCoach Gaier.

His achievements include the following:

State Championship Records

•             3 State Runner-Up Team Titles: ’00, ’01, ’07

•             15 State Top-Ten Team finishes: ’92, ’00, ’01, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07,  ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13, ‘14

•             71 Individual State Placers – include 12 State Champions

•             153 State Qualifiers

District Records

•             11 Team Championships: ’00,’01,’04,’05,’06,’07,’10, ’11,’12,  ’13,‘14

•             48 Individual District Champions

•             276 District Qualifiers

 Sectional Records

•             18 Team Championships –’93,’95,’97,’98,’99,’00,’01,’02, ’04,’05,’06,’07,’08,’09,’11,’12,’13, ‘14

•             139 Individual Sectional Champions

GCL Records

•             21 League Championships in the Past 22 Years

•             155 Individual GCL Champions

 City Poll: Since the 1992-93 season, Coach Gaier’s Wrestling Team has been ranked #1 for 21 of 22 times

 State Poll: Since the 1996-97 season, his teams ranked in the Top-10 in 16 of 17 seasons

 Dual Meet Record: 240-109 (.688) over the last 29 years

 OHSAA Award: In 1996-97, Coach Gaier was the first wrestling coach to receive the Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award.

2013-14 Wrestling Season Highlights

 At the GCL Championships, the Men of Moeller placed first out of 12 Teams with 286.5 points. This was the 12th consecutive league title and the 21st in the last 22 years.

The 21 titles represent the most in history of any member of the GCL. Six athletes were crowned as GCL Champions: Connor Borton (126), Stuart Morton (145), Austin Bohenek (160), Dean Meyer (182), Chalmer Frueauf (220), and Jack Meyer (285). Dean added his name to the very short list (4) of four-time GCL Champions. (In Chalmer’s case, it was his third time on the winner’s stand.)

In the Sectional Championships, the Crusaders claimed the 18th title in the last 22 seasons with a team total of 278.5 points. Thirteen athletes moved on to the District. Three of them as #1 seeds: Conner Ziegler (120), Connor Borton (126), and Dakota Sizemore (182).

Success continued for the Crusaders in the District Championships. There they won their 5th consecutive team title and the school’s 11th in the last 15 years. A team total of 205.5 points was enough to outpace 41 other programs.

Nine wrestlers advanced on to the State Championships, three of them as District Champs. Those #1 seeds were sophomore Jacoby Ward (132) and seniors Dakota Sizemore (182) and Chalmer Frueauf (220). (The two seniors were seeking back-to-back State titles.

Moeller came away with its 12th consecutive Top-10 finish in the team standings. Jacoby Ward battled his way back into contention after a very close second round loss to finish in 4th place. He was joined in that placement by seniors Quinton Rosser (170) and Dakota Sizemore. Senior Jerry Thornberry (195) came away with a 6th-place finish.

2013-14 Founder’s Day Awardee

In addition to his nearly three decades as an outstanding wrestling coach, Jeff Gaier has been a leader in modeling Moeller’s Marianist mission to provide a community-oriented, holistic, educational experience for his students – focusing on their mind, body, heart, and spirit – and to educate for faith formation, service to others, and continuous improvement. In January, Moeller acknowledged Gaier’s years of commitment to this Marianist vision of education by honoring him with its highest award, the Founder’s Award.

* Since 2002, educational leaders and groups around the country have visited Moeller to learn how the school successfully integrates computer tablets throughout the curriculum. More information about Moeller’s technology integration program is available on Moeller’s website (www.Moeller.org) under Academics/Laptop Program.



 Mike Asbeck, Athletic Director





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