Longtime Cherokee High School football coach Mike Sivert was honored in the Cherokee / Volunteer game on Friday night as the school named the football field “Mike Sivert Field”.
Unfortunately for Cherokee fans, Volunteer dominated Game 1 at the new Mike Sivert Field with a 48-3 win for the Falcon’s second straight win in the annual County Rivalry Game.
Sivert began his career as a head coach at Cherokee in 1984 and served until 2015. He finished with 163 wins. Among its best teams was the 1994 team, known as the “Cardiac Kids,” which finished 11-3 while advancing to the state semi-finals.
Coach Sivert had this to say on his special day:
” A lot of emotions. Thank goodness they didn’t try to shock me; it wouldn’t have worked, if they hadn’t told me that I would have fallen for it too much. It’s very emotional for me, I love this place and I love these young men and everything that we have done over the past few years and all the brotherhood that we have shared together. If you could see all the statements, texts, calls and personal visits that I have received over the past few days, you would understand it better. To be able to share this night with the players is enormous, beyond all the words that I can evoke. I love them all, they are all special to me. When I coached them, we had a lot of good times together. I’m not a conventional trainer, I guess, in the sense that I’ve always thought you can have fun and cut and still discipline and lead when you need to. My dad was my coach in high school, so I kind of had a sense of what I was getting into when I first started coaching. I saw this in Memphis when I was young.
He added, “As a player I had a great time and had wonderful coaches at East Tennessee State University. They were real gentlemen who did a great job of bonding us all together and teaching us. Some of that was postponed, I guess. I love this community and I love this school. When it all comes together, not many people have a job where you get up and go to work with a big smile on your face, happy to see people. It was like that. Even after ball games where it wasn’t a happy ending, I was meeting my coaches on the weekends and by the time I saw them on Monday we were ready to go.