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Coach Fiegel’s mantra of “Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do” is proving true in the COVID-19 environment. We hope you and your families are all happy, safe, and healthy.

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. The Walt Fiegel 2020 event is adapting to meet these changes. The objective is to keep everyone safe while saying thanks to friends and sponsors who have supported the Walt Fiegel Foundation for the last 17 years.

The changes for 2020 event are:

  • Golf tournament rescheduled from May 9 to July 18 – 11:59AM at Whispering Creek
  • Golf entry of $50/person or $200/team
    • Golf teams sold via OneCause App
    • Credit cards charges for golf will not be processed until July 18
    • Pick a putts included in the entry fee with no additional funding requests on course
    • No apparel this year
    • No prize money as we are playing for fun and helping those in need
    • We will have flag prizes
  • No dinner will be held the night before the tournament
    • We are planning a Friday night pregame party – more info to come
  • Walt Week Silent Auction via the OneCause App will begin on Monday, July 13
  • Many auction items will be purchased from sponsors as opposed to asking for donations
  • Any money that is raised will go to a local charity benefitting COVID related needs

We are proud to announce that 12 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded this year. Since 2004, 152 scholarships with a value of $171,000 have been awarded. The money we raise is invested with the Siouxland Community Foundation to perpetuate these scholarships. None of these funds will be touched for any other purpose and will continue to fund scholarships indefinitely.

We will be contacting you in the next few weeks with an email or a text message from the OneCause App with more details.

Your support has been critical to everything we’ve been able to accomplish. We hope to see you on the golf course this year and get back to our normal event and timing in 2021. Stay safe and healthy.

Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do

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Lyle Alumbaugh was a coach at Panorama High School for 24 years, 21 of them as the head man. He retired from Panorama at the conclusion of the 2017 season. He won 120 games at Panora and earned 9 playoff appearances during that time.

“Coach A” earned his bachelors and master’s degree from Missouri before setting out for careers in agriculture, coaching, and education. Alumbaugh cites his student-athletes as his greatest accomplishments. His coaching style was focused upon “life lessons of cooperation, team building, discipline, accountability, and hard work.” Since retiring at the head man of the Panthers, he has joined the staff at ADM as a defensive line coach.

Alumbaugh and his wife JoAnn have three children: Brent, Brandon (Liz), and Brooke (Sam). They also enjoy their two grandchildren, Ada and Greysen.

Congratulations Lyle!


Coach Walt Fiegel was the long time football coach at East high School in Sioux City, Iowa. During his tenure at Sioux City, he served as head sophomore coach and head varsity coach three different times. His Black Raider team won the Class 4A State Title in 1984.

Coach Walt Fiegel served as the Executive Secretary of the Iowa Football Coaches Association from 1977-1994, 17 years!

This award recognizes a person who embodies the high character, integrity, concern for kids, and service to the profession that were evident during Coach Fiegel’s career.

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by Cody Goodwin/The Register

What makes a great high school football coach?

It takes a lot of factors. Success? Certainly. Establishing a tradition? You bet. Character and influence? Yep.

All of those traits helped us make our selections for the Des Moines Register’s 50 greatest Iowa high school football coaches.

Walt Fiegel, Sioux City East

Record: 158-81. State titles: 1

A well-respected coach, Fiegel was executive secretary of the Iowa Football Coaches Association from 1977-1994. He started coaching in 1959. The IFCA’s Coaching with Character award is named for him.


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From the 2018 Siouxland Football Preview series


SIOUX CITY – Brian Webb wants his team to dive right in.

The new East High head coach takes over a program with plenty of history and success, but it also is coming off a two-year stretch without a playoff appearance. The last time the Black Raiders went more than two seasons without a playoff appearance was 2002-2004.

“The first thing people do when they go on a boat is they put their foot in the water before they jump in,” Webb said. “If it is too cold they don’t jump in. Well, I know it is going to be a little cold and I know I am going to go through a little bit of pain for two minutes, but after that the enjoyment is going to start.

“I am just going to jump in and not test the water because if you test the water you start to have self-doubt.”

That is how Webb, who spent the past five seasons as coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, wants his team to attack the season.

Webb said he knows this is a process that will not conclude after just one season, but the support that he has gotten helps him realize the importance of East football.

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TIM GALLAGHER Jul 14, 2018

SIOUX CITY — Gene McNaughton will celebrate the occasion of his father’s 90th birthday in a unique and most meaningful manner.

He’ll launch a global book tour on Monday, the day Eugene McNaughton, a 52-year veteran of the fabled Sioux City Stockyards, would have blown out 90 candles. The elder McNaughton died last August.

“I never once heard my dad complain,” the son said. “He was a laborer who put his family first.”

Eugene and Joan McNaughton raised six children in Sioux City. Gene McNaughton, a 1986 graduate of East High and a 1991 grad of Morningside College, rose through the sales and management ranks at Gateway Computers, eventually initiating a coaching program for the computer marker and creating the Gateway Solutions Team.

McNaughton then became leader of Tony Robbins’ Global Sales force, where, under his guidance, every team established sales standards by eclipsing marks that had stood for years.

We last encountered McNaughton as the business consultant returned to Sioux City in October to conduct a motivational and team-building session for the East High Black Raiders basketball team directed by his lifelong pal, Ras Vanderloo.

McNaughton pops up in Sioux City this week with a new book in his hands, his first. Sales of the book, “The Sales Edge,” begin today with discounts offered through Amazon and other major outlets. The Sioux City native will educate and motivate, leaning on his book as source material, in a seminar set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. Pre-registration, at a discount, is available at Registration will also be available at the door on Tuesday.

“I want to motivate, educate and help people maximize their careers,” said McNaughton. “While the book is about sales, if you’re in marketing, customer service or management, you’ll find that it’s about how to influence and persuade human beings.”

McNaughton, who resides near Los Angeles, has shared his winning strategies with massive audiences in 17 countries. The seeds for his public-speaking career were planted more than three decades ago when, as an East High student, he sat and listened to Dan Clark present as part of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. McNaughton bought Clark’s book that day, remembering he paid $6 for it. He and Clark would meet years later at a speaking venue they shared.

McNaughton has spoken in places like Fiji and Australia and has shared the dais with speakers such as Robbins and future President Donald Trump.

McNaughton often said how thankful he is to have been surrounded by such nurturing people as a youth in Sioux City, folks like his parents, the family of the late Rich Vanderloo and the late great Coach Walt Fiegel, for whom McNaughton toiled as a defensive back in 1984 when Fiegel’s squad brought home a state football championship.

It makes sense, then, that he came halfway across the country to embark on a tour, celebrating the release of his first book.

“I would have been voted ‘Least Likely to Write a Book,'” McNaughton said while reflecting on his East High tenure. “Certainly my friends would have voted that way. I was pretty excited if I got a ‘B’ in school.”

He did possess a gift, however, one he parlayed into a lifelong skill: Developing relationships with others, including those teachers who supported his efforts inside and outside the classroom.
“I knew I wanted do this launch and to be in Sioux City when it happened,” McNaughton said. “This isn’t placation. I love this city. It’s my home. I wanted to launch it with family and friends.”

As such, he’ll sign the first copies of the book from 6-8 p.m. Monday at The Wheelhouse Bar & Grill, 4501 Southern Hills Drive. He’ll follow that with the seminar at Bishop Heelan High School on Tuesday.

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BARRY POE Jun 9, 2018

SIOUX CITY – Brian Webb is well aware of the football tradition at East High. That’s one of the reasons he left Cedar Rapids Jefferson to become the Black Raiders’ new head coach.

“I never would have left the position I had if I didn’t feel we could be successful here,” Webb said. “After I got offered the job I spent some time making phone calls to people and had a really good feeling about the setup of the program and the direction it could head.

“The number of kids involved in the youth level was exciting to me and the amount playing middle school football was definitely exciting. Talking to many alumni, there’s an eagerness to get back to winning consistently and I feel we have the resources and the kids to do that, so now it’s just getting them to understand what I believe it takes to be successful, to win football games.”

A Cedar Falls, Iowa, native and University of Northern Iowa graduate, Webb spent the last five seasons at Jefferson, turning a struggling program around to the tune of a 37-40 record. The J-Hawks snapped a 24-game losing streak shortly after he arrived, had its first winning season since 2000 and won its first playoff game since 1992.

Jefferson made the playoffs in 2014 and ’15, which was the school’s first back-to-back appearances since 1979.

Webb spent two seasons at Carroll Kuemper, guiding the Knights to an 18-4 record and two playoff berths. He was the Class 2A district coach of the year in 2011.

His resume also includes stints as an assistant under Gary Swenson (West Des Moines Valley) and current West Des Moines Dowling coach Tom Wilson (Dike-New Hartford). Webb was a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University.

“I think the biggest thing with a new coach is understanding my philosophies and getting kids and the community to buy into those philosophies,” Webb said. “I had a parent meeting talking about some of those things a couple weeks ago and had a good turnout for that.”

Scheme, Webb said, only takes you so far.

“Eleven players is what wins a football game,” he said. “There’s no magical plays, no magical schemes that beats teams. If there was everybody would be doing that. It’s just getting young people to excel in all facets of their life.

“Myself and (defensive coordinator) Nick Taylor are setting up some things to get the kids active in the community. I’m a people first guy and kids win football games. It’s getting kids and the community to understand that winning doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a step-by-step process.”

Webb’s predecessor, Bob Goodvin, took East to the Class 4A playoffs in seven of his nine seasons as head coach and had a 48-40 overall record.

East, of course, has a storied history under the late Hall of Famer Walt Fiegel, whose 1984 team captured the 4A state championship.

The Black Raiders finished 4-5 last fall, which was the same record as Webb’s Cedar Rapids Jefferson squad.

A main topic of discussions at the recent parent’s meeting, Webb said, was the good wolf, bad wolf.

“A good friend of mine who is a psychologist and I talk about this a lot with kids I work with, you’re feeding the good wolf and the bad wolf,” Webb said. “Every single person is going through something in life. We’ve all got something in our life that’s causing anxiety and depression or frustration. We need to start being nice to each other and support each other because we’re all going through things.

“I truly believe that winning is a byproduct of developing young people to be great people and cohesiveness as a unit or team doesn’t happen overnight. There are activities and team building things we are going to do to bridge those things, but understand we have to put people first to be successful in life.”

One of the biggest obstacles for 4A schools in this part of the state is having to compete against some of the top schools in Des Moines.

“There are good teams everywhere, so I’m not focusing on those things and who we play, I’m just focusing on us,” Webb said. “I can’t control what Valley and Dowling does. I’m good friends with those guys, I coached with Swenson and Tkm (Wilson), but I just want to focus on us as a team. Take it game by game. I know the first one is a big one.”

Webb has assembled what appears to be a top-notch coaching staff, beginning with Taylor, who was on several collegiate staffs. Former Morningside offensive coordinator Keenan Ganz will direct the offense.

The staff also includes, among others, former longtime Sergeant Bluff-Luton head coach Chris Zyzda, who was a starting lineman at the University of Nebraska. Spetlar Tonga, a former Morningside College linebacker and the all-time leading tackler in the history of Sioux City Bandits indoor football, is the linebackers coach.

Kyle Nikkel, who had a highly productive season as Morningside College quarterback before switching to basketball, will coach East’s quarterbacks. Mike Winklepleck, who starred at Morningside and played with the Bandits and has been a member of the East staff since 2013, is the secondary coach.

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Congratulations to these 12 students who earned the 2018 Walt Fiegel Foundation Scholarship!

Amber Allyn, North

Jose Ayala-Garcia, West

Medinat Ayodele, Bishop Heelan

Ross Gengler, Sergeant Bluff- Luton

Paige Hanson, East High

Hannah Huggins, North High

Josh Nutt, East

Rachel Okine, Dakota Valley

Elda Rodriguez-Virrueta, East

Diego Santiago, Bishop Heelan

Grace Wilmes, Bishop Heelan

Simone Yousefpour, West

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We would love to have you join us! The More the Merrier!

This is our 15th year of what is now known as Walt Week. It is like a reunion that we all look forward to. Everyone is welcome.

Happy Hour on Thursday, May 10 at Eddies Tavern

Dinner/Auction/Scholarship Awards:

Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Sgt. Bluff Family Rec Center at 5:29pm
Tickets available here. Choose the Dinner Only Option if you are not golfing.

Golf Tournament–even if you don’t golf, come out to the clubhouse and socialize with us throughout the day: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Whispering Creek Golf Course at 11:59am


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by STEVE ALLSPACH May 14, 2017

SIOUX CITY – Not exactly lyricists when they were still drawing bountiful breaths, Walt Fiegel and Rich Vanderloo still found some measure of iambic pentameter in “telling it like it is.’’

It might not have been poetry, addressing any and all who might be inclined to listen, but there was somehow still a perfect and clear command of cadence.

Both taught the games of football and basketball beyond X’s and Oh’s.

Fiegel’s approach ran the gamut of serious to curious to the sublime.

At the end of practices or games, good and bad, he would command student-athletes to “go home, give your mother a hug and tell her you love her.’’

Appropriately, on this Mother’s Day, the words ring true in all walks of life.

While Fiegel leaned in the direction subtle and rib-tickling humor while guiding the youth of America, Vanderloo favored a sterner approach.

The first time I ever interviewed Vanderloo – with some trepidation – his greeting was “what the heck (it was actually a more terse word) do you want, we lost the game.’’

He warmed up immensely from each and every conversation after that.

Fiegel, who guided East to its only state football playoff title (4A) in 1984, found ways to equate games in the arena to the games of life.

Players would often shake their heads and wonder silently, what did he just mean when he’d tell them, oh, “I know the back roads to the Dome.’’

At the time they didn’t realize he was talking about actually earning the right to walk proudly into the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls to play for a state championship and not enter through the consolation-prize door.

Saturday night, the Walt Fiegel Foundation Dinner again honored the two late coaches during a gala affair attended by 350 in which it honored several superior metro student-athletics with $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships.

The scholarships included two recipients of the Rich Vanderloo Spirit of East High Award.

The Foundation was incorporated several years ago by several East High graduates, including the current president, Jeff Croston, who played on the 1984 state title team.