The Moon Area School District (MASD) celebrated the contributions of the late William “Rip” Scherer in naming of the playing field at Tiger Stadium in his honor on Friday, September 14, 2018.
The field name was unveiled during halftime at the football game against Baldwin High School. Mrs. June Scherer and their children were in attendance at the game along with their extended family, as well.
A brick marquee was installed near the main gate entrance to the stadium with a plaque to honor Mr. Scherer. A piece of the scoreboard was also replaced on the field to signify William “Rip” Scherer Field.
“This was such a moving opportunity for our family to swim in an endless tide appreciation - a tide that kept washing over us all night, through the words of people who kept coming up to us to share a story with my father – people whose lives had been so positively impacted by Coach Scherer, Mr. Scherer, or however they knew him,” said son Scott Scherer.
Scherer served as the athletic director for MASD in 1969 and served the District for 22 years. Holding positions as athletic director, health and physical education department chair, and head football coach, Scherer’s influence spanned multiple facets of the District.
From 1970-1981, he expanded the athletic opportunities at Moon Area by adding girls’ basketball, softball, tennis, gymnastics, field hockey, track, bowling, volleyball, soccer, and cross country teams. Scherer’s dedication to equal opportunity is displayed in the addition of these teams as the Title IX guidelines were not yet in place. During these formative years, he also added boys’ wrestling, cross country, bowling, and soccer programs to the District.
The William “Rip” Scherer Memorial Recognition Committee has been working to honor the service and contributions of Mr. Scherer and was approved on April 9, 2018, by the Moon Area School District Board of Education to move forward with the dedication of the field.
“It has been a distinct honor and a pleasure to have played a small role in the naming of William “Rip” Scherer Field, which is a well-deserved public and permanent acknowledgment of the lasting impact that Rip had on the lives of so many,” said committee member and MASD School Board vice president, Mr. Hauser.