Herb Lauffer was born in Butler and graduated from Slippery Rock High School in 1959. He went on to letter four seasons in soccer and two in tennis at Slippery Rock University from which he received a B.S. in health, physical education and recreation in 1963. He served as soccer tri-captain in 1962. Herb moved to Erie in 1963 to teach phys-ed at Iroquois High School and completed his M.S. in physical education before joining Behrend College in 1968. As soccer coach, he won 131 games over twenty-three seasons and twice was named NAIA Coach of the Year. In addition, he coached tennis for six seasons and had two undefeated teams. Herb was a tireless coach, caring mentor, and gentle teacher who was much loved by Penn State Behrend students and deeply respected by his colleagues and peers.
After Herb’s passing the Erie Times-News wrote, “The outpouring of sentiment and the people who were at his funeral yesterday pointed out how well liked Herb Lauffer was. He was Athletic Director at Penn State Behrend for the past sixteen years, and in that time we never heard anyone say anything but complimentary things about him. He was an ambassador of goodwill for the college and also for Erie itself. The community can ill afford to lose people like Herb, who was jus 55.”