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MSU Mourns the Passing of Jack Seibold '50

May 11, 2018

East Lansing, Mich. -- - Jack Seibold, a fixture in the Spartan swimming and diving program who wrote the "Spartan Sports Encyclopedia" and served the University in several capacities, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the age of 89.

Seibold was a four-year member of the Michigan State swimming and diving team. After graduating from MSU's School of Journalism in 1950 and briefly entering the business world, Seibold returned to his alma mater to serve as Associate Director of Admissions and Scholarships for 30 years until his retirement in 1992.

Jack Seibold Obituary & Service Information

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A native of Jackson, Mich., Seibold was one of three brothers who earned varsity swimming letters at Michigan State. He was the head swim meet official for nearly 30 years and was a consistent presence in the Spartan swimming and diving program.

In 1948, the Seibold family, under Coach Charles McCaffree, began the tradition of awarding the Golden Spike to every graduating member of the varsity swimming and diving team. The father of the three Seibold boys began the tradition, but it was quickly taken over by Jack and he took joy in personally handing out the award for decades. Graduating women started receiving the Spike in 1994, and Seibold personally met every graduating male senior for more than 65 years and every female graduating senior for more than 20.

Seibold's devotion to his alma mater not only led to contributions in the admissions office and swimming and diving programs. He assisted the MSU Varsity "S" Alumni Club in various capacities for 22 years, including a stint as the organization's president and served as the editor of the Varsity S newsletter.

One considerable labor of love was the Spartan Sports Encyclopedia, a project that tracked more than 7,000 male athletes who represented the Green and White in 15 different varsity sports. His co-author was his grandson, Jeremy D. Lantz.



Memorial donations may be given to the Jack Seibold Golden Spike Scholarship for MSU swimmers by visiting and entering "In Memory of Jack Seibold" in the comments, or contact MSU swimming coach Matt Gianiodis at Donations may also be made to Back2Back Ministries, P.O. Box 70 Mason, Ohio 45040 with a designation for Lantz Missionaries (

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