Wanted: high school softball coaching job.
Qualifications: a national-record 2,091 wins, more than five decades of experience.
Larry Niemeyer, the longtime coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, said he may consider a job offer if the right opportunity arrives.
Niemeyer, 74, spent his final day in a Jefferson cap on Monday at the Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-star softball games at Waukee. He was recently notified by school administrators that his contract will not be renewed.
Niemeyer has coached at Jefferson since the 1978-79 school year.
“Maybe I’m done,” Niemeyer said. “But if somebody offered me something I’d like, I might coach again. I don’t think the game has passed me by.”
Jefferson principal Charles McDonnell was not immediately available for comment.
Niemeyer has been one of the sport’s most innovative and influential coaches. He went 2,091-428 in 53 years, including fall seasons.
Carlisle’s Jim Flaws, who led his team to four state championships, said he took his squad to a Jefferson tournament for more than a decade when he began coaching.
“We went to them to kind of learn from him,” Flaws said.
Niemeyer said he has been contacted by many people who told him they were sad to hear of his departure as Jefferson’s coach.
He believes his retirement as a teacher after the 2010-11 school year left him with no leverage in continuing coaching duties.
Niemeyer had health problems during the season and missed 12 games. His son, Nick, served as interim coach during that time.
“I think before that I’d only missed one game in 53 years of coaching,” Niemeyer said.
He said his coaching skills remain sharp. His team went 36-6 this season and he reached the regional finals for the last three years.
“It’s not like I’m senile,” Niemeyer said.