Cov Cath's Coach T Has Passed Away

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    I had what I considered the fortune of being one of the Cov Cath students Coach T would occasionally mess up the name of - mistakenly calling my by my dad's name, one of my uncle's names, or my older brother's name, seeing as he'd taught them all. As a result, he gave me my first nickname at Cov Cath - shortening my last name to "Thames". He taught so many Cov Cath students so many things over his 46 years on the staff, but the first and foremost was a love of God, a devotion to Our Lord's Mother, and service in God's name. His dedication to teaching at Cov Cath was just that - service in God's name. It sure wasn't about the money. If anyone has ever had a glance at a Catholic school teacher's paycheck, they'd know that's true. Coach taught for meager pay for 46 years at Cov Cath, and took on every hard case there was to walk through the halls. He saw bad students, teachers, administrators, and parents go through the system over the years, yet he treated them all with the same dignity and respect that was deserved of any human. He may have told them a thing or two about how they needed to shape up and straighten out there acts, but whenever he corrected someone's ways, chances are, they deserved it. Coach was always good for a compliment when deserved as well, or a smile when you needed it - or even when you didn't need it. All of that, and he may have been one of the most dedicated family men you'd ever meet to boot.

    Coach T was an example to every man that walked the halls at 1600 Dixie Highway, and every man that ever walked across his path - period. Miss you already, Coach, and you can be sure that I'll be praying a rosary for you tonight.
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    Word Processing, Computer Apps and Business Law were my three favorite classes at CovCath. All were taught by Coach T.

    I'll never forget October 27, 2006. Coach T. took our class on a field trip and fell asleep for a good hour and a half of the trip. When he woke up, he was so happy that we didn't run a muck while he was snoozing that he took our class to get ice cream instead of making us go back to school for the last hour of the day. Later that night, we won a big football game too.

    Hands down my most memorable day from high school.

    Coach T was a top notch guy whose life embodies the Spirit That Will Not Die! Rest in Peace.

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    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the whole Cov Cath community. He was a true legend. I'd say heaven was given a pretty good bench coach yesterday. I feel blessed to have known him.....Clyde said it best...Dan Tieman Court would be awesome to see at some point in the future.

    RIP coach...

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    God Bless Coach T and I am sure you are now enjoying your team in Heaven. Thanks so much for helping me guide my sons into becoming the young men they are today!

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    The Best has gone on to greener pastures.

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    There are few people that go through life and have a significant impact on someone elses life.
    Coach T not only signifcantly impacted my life...he did it for hundreds of others.
    He had the uncanny knack of being able to know excactly what you needed weather it was a bop in the head, a kick in the butt or a few words of encouragment.... he made you matter.
    May God bless you Coach T for we have been blessed for knowing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Legendary Covington Catholic High School basketball coach and business teacher Dan Tieman passed away this morning following a long battle with cancer.

    Dan attended Covington Catholic himself beginning in 1954, and was a member of the 1958 Regional Runners-up Colonels. He went on to play at Villa Madonna College, now Thomas More College, and then a season with the NBA Cincinnati Royals.

    He taught at the Park Hills Catholic school for 46 years, and won over 300 (314) games while serving as the Colonels head coach from 1985 to 2000. His Colonels won the 9th Region Championship in 1992 and were runners-up in 1994, 1995, and 1999.

    Dan was a man of faith, and lived his faith by example.

    I am among a legion of folks here in Northern Kentucky who had the privlege of knowing him and considering myself among one of his many friends. I once went to Coach T and volunteered to come speak to his fishing club about my experiences and expertise in fishing in Canada. I was politely turned down by Dan, who very simply stated that "all we do is fish."

    He will be sorely missed by the Colonels family and the entire Northern Kentucky Sports community.
    Absolutely one of the best people I had the pleasure of knowing. You can't say more than that.

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    Dan's influence extended far beyond the basketball court. I did not meet him through Cov Cath, but at our parish. He was very instrumental in helping me in my Catholic faith walk as part of a "Christ Renews His Parish" weekend. A very humble man. Even as his health became worse, I would still see him at Mass and at Eucharistic Adoration. I'm sure he was praying for all of us in some way.

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    Thought I would share what a friend of mine - a Catholic school teacher - had to say on Facebook. Goes to show the lasting impact Coach Tieman will continue to have:

    Pulled out the pocket rosary he gave me 12 years ago this morning, and even prayed the two beads that've broken off. I have so much to thank him for, and there will never be another Coach T, but starting today every class period starts with a prayer.

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    Think what you want to think boys but I cried a little bit yesterday. This guy helped shape who I am. When my my first 2 kids were daughters he blessed them. When I had a son, he apologized it wasn't another daughter. Great guy who grew up in the toughest part of Covington and was so CCH. He had a great life but I wanted him to see CCH win the State Title before he passed. He leaves behind a great family.

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    Coach Tieman was one of my favorite people to talk to about basketball and other things. I truly admired his kindness and his devotion to his family & friends. I will surely miss him. My prayers go out to his family, friends, and the CovCath community.

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    From Covington Catholic's Website:

    Coach Dan Tieman - A Legendary Colonel

    Coach Dan Tieman - A Legendary Colonel
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    COVINGTON CATHOLIC COLONEL AND FORMER NBA PLAYER, DAN TIEMAN, PASSES

    Park Hills, KY – On October 30, 2012, longtime Covington Catholic teacher and former NBA player, Daniel T. Tieman, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

    In 1964, Tieman began his service as teacher, coach, mentor, and friend to thousands of students at Covington Catholic High School. He retired in 2010 after forty-six years of service to the school. Tieman wore many hats while at Covington Catholic including Dean of Students, Alumni Director, and Business Department Chairperson. He taught multiple subjects including Career Explorations, Modern European History, Economics, English, Business Law, and Math.

    Tieman, or Coach T, is best known to the public for his success as Covington Catholic’s former head basketball coach. However, there is much more to Coach T than basketball. His faith, family, and teaching gave direction to his life. Fellow faculty member and friend for forty-nine years, Jack Kaelin, said “Dan’s faith was inspiring.” Kaelin remembers Tieman going to church in the middle of the day during his free time, and he said he never missed Mass even during busy basketball trips. Tieman was a man that lived his faith by example. He led the rosary service at school every Tuesday and Thursday morning in the Chapel and was very involved with the school retreats. Colleague and friend, Bill Snyder, said, “Dan instinctively always did the right thing which is why he was such a role model to so many young men and their families.”

    Mr. Tieman began his legacy as a student at Covington Catholic High School in 1954. He participated in baseball his sophomore through senior years and basketball for four years. He started for the varsity basketball squad as a sophomore alongside his brother, Roger, thus beginning a successful basketball career. By the time he graduated from Covington Catholic in 1958, he was a member of the Courier Journal All-State Team, the 1000-Point Club, All-District and All-Region teams, and had helped carry CovCath to the regional finals in 1958.

    Tieman turned down a partial scholarship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to accept a basketball scholarship to Villa Madonna College, now Thomas More, where he would also play baseball. While attending Villa, he earned many accolades including MVP in 1960 and 1961, All-Conference Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1960, 1961, and 1962, and the Catholic Digest All-American Team in 1960. Also in 1960, while a sophomore at Villa, Tieman helped lead his team to the NAIA Championship in Kansas City and was the team’s leading scorer, a feat he would repeat in 1961. He would end his college basketball career as a member of Thomas More College’s 1,000-Point Club and as the second all-time scorer as well as career assist leader. In 1962, he received the Robert Breinich Award for Character and Leadership.

    In 1962, Tieman was drafted by the Kansas City Steers of the ABL. While preparing for a tryout with the Steers, he received a call from his college coach, Charlie Wolf, who then coached the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) of the NBA. Coach Wolf was in need of a guard, and Tieman did not hesitate when presented the opportunity to join the Royals. During his time in the NBA, he met Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West, among others.

    In 1963, he began his celebrated coaching career at Thomas More where he would stay for the next fifteen years as an assistant baseball and basketball coach. Already a member of the faculty at Covington Catholic, Tieman started coaching high school sports in 1978. From 1978 to 1985, he coached freshman football and JV baseball until becoming head basketball coach in 1985. During his time as head basketball coach, Coach T had the most wins in CCH history. In 1992, he was named NKY Coach of the Year after winning region, and his teams brought home runner-up trophies in 1994, 1995, and 1999. In December 1999, Coach T celebrated his 300th career victory as head coach of the Covington Catholic basketball team. He retired from coaching in April 2000. As head coach, Coach T amassed 314 wins, a career winning percentage of .750, and the 1992 9th Region title. Coach Tieman is a member of several Halls of Fame including Covington Catholic, Thomas More College, the NKADA, and The Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Coach T spent nearly fifty years in the game of basketball and over forty-five in teaching, yet all of the wins do not adequately represent the impact Mr. Tieman had on the lives of the players he coached and the students he taught. He was a humble man which is one of the many reasons he was so dearly loved. Covington Catholic Principal, Bob Rowe, noted, “Coach Tieman was an example to every young man that walked the halls of Covington Catholic, and to every person that ever walked across his path. His family, friends, students, players, and colleagues are better people because of him.”

    Dan Tieman is survived by his wife, Janie, and their children J. Chris, Katie, and Laura.

    Arrangements are pending and will be released when finalized.

    See article about Tieman Tribute last year.

    Picture caption: Dan Tieman shows his passion for his faith and Covington Catholic at the dedication of the Grotto at Covington Catholic High School in 2009. With Rev. Mark Keene, Covington Catholic’s Pastoral Administrator.

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    Coach T was a coach to many boys. Most never played basketball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Coach T was a coach to many boys. Most never played basketball.
    Well said, Clyde!

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    Thank you to Mike Fields for his comments in the LHL today about Mr. Tieman.

    ■ Dan Tieman, a star athlete at Covington Catholic in the 1950s, and the school's all-time winningest basketball coach (314 victories), died this week. Mr. Tieman served as a teacher, coach and administrator at CovCath for 46 years. As a college basketball player, he helped Villa Madonna (now Thomas More) win an NAIA title. After graduating in 1962, he joined the NBA's Cincinnati Royals. As CovCath coach, he led the Colonels to the 1992 Sweet Sixteen.

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