Sports Contributors Honored

Dr. George Richardson and Sandy Stierberger. Not shown is Byron Trott.

Three sports contributors joined the ranks of those added to the Union High School Hall of Fame at the first induction ceremony Saturday night.

Sports contributors include a person or group who have made outstanding contributions or have given support to the positive development of the UHS athletic program.

It was one of four areas for nomination. Others included teams, athletes and coaches.

Sports contributors honored include Dr. George Richardson, Ed and Sandy Stierberger and Byron Trott.

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When the current Union High School was built in 1990, the football stadium was named Stierberger Stadium in honor of Ed and Sandy Stierberger. The couple were instrumental in funding of the new stadium, as well as renovations to the facility, officials said.

Ed Stierberger passed away in 2005.

Most recently, when turf was added to the stadium, Sandy Stierberger was a major contributor in the upgrades of the fencing, ticket booths and concrete patio and walkways.

Ed Stierberger was a 1951 UHS graduate and served as a Union R-XI board member. He also served as the Union Municipal Judge in the 1960s and 1970s, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Sandy Stierberger, originally from Scheboygan, Wis., was married to Ed in 1966. They moved to Union that same year. Sandy has lived in Union ever since.


Dr. George Richardson served as the UHS team physician for 30 years and was instrumental in starting football at the school in 1967.

In 1996, he received the East Central Missouri State Award as team physician. He received numerous awards from the hospital from 1958-2001 and was chief of staff during construction of the new hospital.

Richardson was the Chairman of Family Practice and won the first Mercy doctor award.

He was an accomplished athlete in high school and throughout his life.

Richardson was a member of the Fine Arts Society, Church Choir, Barber Shop Singers, Little League football founder, coach and board member for 25 years.

Additionally, he was the co-founder of the Fathers and Friends at St. Francis Borgia, which led to football there as well. He was an advocate for girls track, girls basketball and equality for women’s athletics.

Richardson is retired and living in Sarasota, Fla., with his wife Jean, of 67 years. They have eight children, who all graduated from Union High School, 21 grandchildren, many who graduated from UHS, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Byron Trott

Trott is a 1977 UHS graduate. He was a three-sport athlete and started the scholar athlete scholarship program in 1989.

Trott founded, chaired and was the CEO at BDT & Company. He has funded the Byron Trott Scholar-Athlete Scholarship in conjunction with the Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Award.

Over 60 students have been the beneficiary of the Byron D. Trott Scholar-Athlete Scholarship and more than $300,000 has been awarded since the program began in 1989.

At the University of Chicago, Trott won the J. Kyle Anderson Award for the most valuable senior baseball player.

He also received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Medal as the senior male athlete with the best all-around record for athletics, scholarship, and character; the Abram L. Harris Achievement Prize for academic achievement, the Morton-Murphy Award for outstanding student contribution to campus life, and the Lowell J. Meyer Award for scholastic excellence and leadership.

Trott has more than 30 years’ experience advising and investing with public and privately held companies and is a director or trustee on several boards.

In 2011, Trott was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and now serves as president of the association.

Byron and his wife, Tina Trott, have three children, and reside in Winnetka, Ill.