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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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