The Metro Legends Award is awarded annually to a local coach or athletic director who has devoted his/her life to leading young men and women to success through successful experiences as an athlete within their programs. Ray Cliffe, long-time Southwestern High School football coach, was the first recipient of this award.
The Coaches will be honored as part of the 2013 St Louis Sports Hall of Fame event, “Legends of the Dugout” being held Friday August 23rd at the Missouri Athletic Club.
Coach Michler, who has coached the CBC Cadets since 1971 and is a 1965 graduate of the school and the soccer program, has accumulated a career record of 870-219-100 while earning 7 state titles, most recently in the Fall of 2012. He also has six runner-up finishes and in 2010, he was chosen National Coach of the Year in boys soccer by the NFHS Coaches Association. That was preceded by National Coach of the Year honors from StudentSportsSoccer.com in 2004 and the NSCAA in 1985. He was an inaugural member, with Coach Drake, in the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January of this year.
Coach Drake, coach of the Trinity Titans and prior to that Aquinas and Aquinas Mercy, has been coaching boys soccer since 1968, winning 11 state titles (2 with Aquinas, 9 with A-M). The merger occurred in 1985. He began coaching girls in 1987 and won the state title that first year while reaching the final in 2008 and 2009 with Trinity. On May 6, 2011, Drake led the Trinity Catholic High School girls team to a 3-1 victory over John Burroughs High School in the Ray Beckman Tournament. That win gave him a girls soccer career coaching record of 304-173-26. Although it’s not an official statistic kept in the National High School Sports Record Book, Drake is believed to be the first high school soccer coach in America to reach 1,000 wins (boys and girls soccer combined).
His career coaching record now stands at 1047-493-159. His boys record is 730-309-133 and his girls record is 317-184-26. He begins his 46th season August 12th at Trinity, which was formed in 2003 from the merger of the three schools.