Bellevue West Football Field Named After Beloved Coach

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The Bellevue School Board voted to name the Football Field and Stadium after long-time football coach and Dean, John Faiman. Faiman passed away in 2012, just before the start of coaching his 27th Football season.

The district's Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Rippe, told WOWT 6 News Tuesday that Faiman's coaching legacy was known across the country. He spent most of his time coaching at Bellevue West.

The field will now be called "Faiman Field." The words will be displayed across a new archway entrance, The entrance will also include a permanent ticket booth and fence in his honor.

"He was just an outstanding coach, but went way beyond that though. He was a mentor, role model for not only the football players, but other people in the school as well, so again just a great way to honor him."
Dr. Rippe explained. "The football community that has followed John Faiman at all, they're going to remember him. And when they walk into this field, the'yre going to see that name, and instantly remember the good things he did for Bellevue West."

Dr. Rippe said plans to name the field after Faiman were discussed shortly after his sudden passing in 2012, but it took time to make happen. He is happy to see it now being done.

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