CLASS OF '01
YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2016
Bob Ziegler excelled in football and baseball as a Spartan. He earned three varsity letters in each at Steinert and received all-county recognition in football (2000) and baseball (2001). Ziegler also was a key member of the Hall of Fame 2000 SHS baseball team.
"Being a part of the Steinert Baseball Machine in the late 1990s/early 2000s was an honor," said Zielger, who helped the Spartans post a record of 87-9 during his tenure as a player. "Contributing to that culture of winning and excellence was an incredible experience."
Ziegler helped Steinert capture state championships in 1999 and 2000 (it was part of a "three-peat" of titles for the Spartans that began in 1998). In 2001, Steinert won a state sectional championship.
Meanwhile, the bulk of Steinert’s team played for the Hamilton Post 31 American Legion squad that was a World Series participant in 2000. Ziegler was the Mercer County American Legion League Rookie of the Year in 2000 and Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001.
He was The Times of Trenton Player of the Year in 2001 when he served as a team captain.
Ziegler still ranks in many of the "all-time" categories at SHS, including career home runs – for which he is tied with Scott Rich with 11 – and he also is in the Top 10 in walks (tied for 4th with 56), runs (tied for 9th with 72), slugging percentage (4th with .685), doubles (tied for 3rd with 26), RBI (tied for 8th with 73) and total bases (6th with 159). He also ranks high in nearly every positive single-season offensive record at Steinert. For Post 31, he is the all-time leader in walks (96) and on-base percentage.
Football was the sport he chose to play in college. Ziegler played four years at Dickinson College and helped the Red Devils capture a Centennial Conference championship in 2004. He was the team MVP in 2004 and received the Male Athlete of the Year award at Dickinson. He was a two-year captain and twice made the all-conference team.
At Steinert, he received the Rich Fornaro Award in 2000 and served as a team captain in 2000.
"When I think of Steinert football, I immediately think of family and camaraderie," Ziegler said. "I will always be proud to be a part of the teams that helped turn the program around."
As a senior, Ziegler helped lead the Spartans to an 8-2 record and helped the school make its first-ever playoff appearance in football.
He also coached at his alma mater from 2008-2014. He was part of a staff that recorded the school's first playoff win in football (2011) and made its first appearance in the NJSIAA state sectional championships.
Ziegler is a Social Studies teacher at Steinert and also coaches the junior varsity lacrosse team there. He is the defensive coordinator for the Hun School football program.
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