Sheska retires from ESU helm
Coach retires after 29 seasons, 15 PSAC Championships
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Jerry Sheska, a member of the East Stroudsburg University Athletic Hall of Fame as an athlete and coach and the winner of 15 PSAC men’s soccer championships in 29 seasons, has announced his retirement as the Warriors’ head coach at the end of the spring semester.
Sheska, a 1968 ESU graduate, holds the PSAC record, ranks fifth among Division II coaches and 22nd in NCAA history with 424 career victories, had a .719 winning percentage (424-156-32) and led his alma mater to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in his unparalleled tenure as head coach.
His 2010 team played in the PSAC title game for the 20th time in 29 seasons and finished with a 13-6-1 record, the 28th consecutive winning season under Sheska’s guidance. The Warriors reached the final with a 1-0 victory against Millersville for his final career win before tying Shippensburg 1-1 and falling 3-2 in penalty kicks after 110 minutes in the last of his 612 games on the sidelines.
Along with his remarkable success as ESU’s men’s head coach, Sheska started the women’s soccer program and was the first head coach from 1992-94. He posted a 39-10-2 record in three seasons and was the PSAC Coach of the Year in both sports in 1994 when he won both PSAC titles on the same day in Altoona. His men’s team had an 18-4 record that season and the women went 18-2 to earn the PSAC’s first-ever championship in the sport. The 1994 women’s soccer team was inducted into the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Sheska will continue as a faculty member at ESU and will assume additional responsibilities in the Sport Management department. He has been a member of the ESU faculty for 23 years and holds bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from ESU and a Ph.D. from Madison University.
“I would like to thank all of the players and coaches who have been associated with the Warriors’ soccer program for the last three decades, and all of those who built the program with Howard DeNike, John Eiler and John McKeon to establish the remarkable soccer tradition at ESU,” Sheska said.
“I’m extremely humbled to be part of a program that has produced so many outstanding players, both as students and young men. This has been a great experience because of the people who put in the work to make it better.”