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Feb 8, 2015 by STEVE ALLSPACH

Covering the Iowa high school football playoffs over the years, you treasure unforgettable characters, legends and icons like the late Walt Fiegel of Our Town’s East High and Pat Mitchell of Cedar Falls.

Wins and losses aside, Walt and Mitch were, still are, two of the winningest coaches in Iowa history.

Walt passed away a few years ago and Mitchell joined him in coaching heaven last week, dying at 75 in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Prostate cancer took Mitchell.

Never to be forgotten are early morning playoff breakfasts in Cedar Falls with Fiegel, Mitchell, former West High coach Ken Winkler and Journal sport editor Terry Hersom discussing and cussing football and LIFE.

Fiegel and Mitchell seemed almost bigger than life.

The engaging duo only met once on the field with Cedar Falls winning a second-round 34-23 playoff tussle in 1999.

Walt was noted for numerous clever mantras to teach the game and beyond.

Mitchell’s I heard many times was “pad under pad and get close to the football.’’

Eerie, but I can hear ’em now.

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