Jay Rozeboom head football coach at West Lyon and retired Aurelia coach Myron Radke will be inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Thursday, November 19th. The two coaches will be honored during the halftime ceremonies of the Class 3A Championship in the UNI-Dome.
Rozeboom has guided the Wildcats to a 235-43 mark and 23 playoff appearances in his 25 years. His teams won titles in 1998, 1999, 2010 and 2013, which have spanned three different classes. He also coached three runner-up teams.
After graduating from Boyden-Hull in 1979 and Northwestern College in 1984, Coach Rozeboom began his career as an assistant at Central Lyon. After two years he moved to West Lyon to become the defensive coordinator. In 1992, he took over the head football coaching reins of the Wildcats and has developed an outstanding program.
He has led West Lyon to 16 district championship campaigns plus 23 playoff appearances in 25 seasons. He has coached four teams to state titles, 1998, 1999, 2010, and 2013 and three teams to state runner up finishes – 1995, 2008, and 2014.
Coach Rozeboom was named Class 2A coach of the year in 1998, and Class 1A coach of the year in 2010 and 2014. Another honor came in 1995 when he was named Sioux City Journal coach of the year. He was an assistant coach in the 1997 Shrine Bowl.
His career record is 235-43 for an 84.3 win percentage. Coach Rozeboom also serves as head girls track coach, and junior high wrestling coach. He teaches in the elementary resource room. He and his wife Carol have four children, Breann and husband Jared, Jayme and his wife Brooke, Aurelie and Trevor. They also enjoy two grandsons, Porter and Jett.
Mike Dirksen, retired coach at Newman Catholic, Mason City has been named the 2015 Walt Fiegel Coaching with Character Award winner, which will be presented at the halftime of the Class 4A Championship Game on Friday, November 20th.
Dirksen, a LeMars native, retired after the 2014 season with a 33-year career record of 218-118 including a 207-102 mark with the Knights in 31 seasons. He took 13 Newman teams to the playoffs with his 2009 club finishing as runner-up.