AMES, Iowa | The Iowa Football Coaches Association on Saturday announced the group's Coaches of the Year during a two-day clinic at Iowa State University.
Coach Matt Campbell, in his first year as head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones, served as a clinician, as did Justin Smith, head coach at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School.
Head coaches directing state championship teams were awarded rings for their title efforts. The winning teams in 2016 included: Dowling Catholic in Class 4A; Pella in Class 3A; Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in Class 2A; Western Christian in Class 1A; Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Class A; and Don Bosco of Gilbertville in 8-man football.
Additionally, the group honored six coaches as the 2016 Coach of Year for each enrollment class. Those honorees include: Class 4A - Garrett Hartwig, of Iowa City West; Class 3A - Bob Howard, of Webster City; Class 2A - Cory Brandt, of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley; Class 1A - Marv Cook, of Iowa City Regina; Class A - Marty Wadle, of Bishop Garrigan; and 8-man - Lane Gunderson of Harris-Lake Park.
Brandt and Gunderson represent Northwest Iowa on this select list. Brandt directed the Nighthawks to the the state championship, a 41-22 victory over Union, of LaPorte City. Gunderson's Wolves won 12 straight until falling in the program's first state championship contest, a 48-21 setback to Don Bosco.