Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 11:39AM
LSN coach Diekmann inducted into Hall of Fame
The Missouri State High School Baseball Coaches Association inducted Lee’s Summit North High School baseball coach Jeff Diekmann into the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame Jan. 19.
At ceremonies at Jefferson City, in front of his peers and family, Diekmann was presented with a plaque commemorating this achievement.
He was introduced by former Lee’s Summit head coach Kim Rolfing who recalled past achievements and humorous events in Diekmann’s 30-year career.
Diekmann followed with a speech that recalled how he learned and was inspired by past coaches such as Mike Roberts of Lee’s Summit High School baseball, Harold Wambsgans of LSN football, Floyd Green of Raytown South, Jim Deery and Cam Jury of Oak Park, John Stipetich of Liberty, Joe Ketchum of Joplin, Rick Berlin of Truman and Brad Mayfield of Blue Springs.
He also recalled how the coach he looked up to the most was his dad, Bob (Robert) Diekmann who he has drawn inspiration and determination.
Diekmann began his coaching career in Lee’s Summit in1982. In 1986, he became the head coach of Lee’s Summit baseball and in 1996, upon the opening of Lee’s Summit North, he became the first head baseball coach of the Broncos where he is still in charge today.
His teams have compiled a record of the following:
• 383 wins-270 losses
• Second place finish state Class 4 in 2009
• Three district championships
• Two sectional championships
• One quarterfinal championship
• Five conference championships
He is also a four-time conference Coach of the Year winner. He is a 1977 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School, played baseball at Kansas University from 1977-1980. He graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1981 and obtained his Masters in 1989.
Diekmann is married to his wife Susan (Peters) and has a daughter Mackenzie, and two sons, Tucker and Gannon.