Scott Strohmeier knew the Iowa Western Community College football program had potential when he was named the school’s first head coach back in 2008 but even he admits he had no idea the they would become a national power so soon.
The Reivers won a national title in only their fourth season as a program and they enter this season fourth ranked in the Sporting News junior college pre-season poll. Strohmeier has led Iowa Western to a 57-10 record in six seasons and has succeeded by mixing talented players who need to go the junior college route to become eligible for division one with multi-sport Iowa kids who want to play at a higher level.
“We are getting the kids who are under-recruited or who feel they are under-recruited. They’ve got a little chip on their shoulder”, said Strohmeier. We are getting those kids who are hungry, willing to work multi-sport athletes and when they focus on one, that’s when we see the improvement.”
Iowa Western lost to East Mississippi in last year’s national championship game. The Reivers open the new season August 29th with a visit to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.