Ben Sirman made his mark on Sussex County and Delaware athtletics throughout his career as an all-state athlete, coach and administrator at three high schools in the state’s southernmost county. He will add to his list of honors Thursday night when he is inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
Sirman earned 10 varsity letters at Laurel High School, where in 1957 he was the quarterback of the undefeated football team and selected for the third annual Blue-Gold All-Star Game. In basketball in 1958, he averaged 21 points per game and was named first-team all-state.
He moved to Swarthmore College and was a standout in football, basketball and baseball. Returning to Sussex County in 1962, Sirman coached two unbeaten football teams at Bridgeville High School during a 23-game winning streak from 1966-68. He also coached in the Blue-Gold Game in 1964, becoming the first former player to return as a coach.
Also at Bridgeville, he was the state’s basketball coach of the year in 1968 after leading the Blue Raiders to a 19-1 record, with the lone loss coming to state champion P.S. duPont.
From 1972-91, he was athletic director at Seaford High School. During his tenure, the Blue Jays won 52 conference or division titles and nine state championships. He was the state athletic director of the year in 1991. He chaired the state boys’ basketball committee for 15 years.
Sirman received the Delaware Football Coaches Association Award of Excellence in 1995 and the Herm Reitzes Award from the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association in 2009. He is a member of three halls of fame: the DIBCA Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame (2005), the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame (2012) and the Delaware “Legends” Basketball Hall of Fame (2014).