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Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame

The Iowa Football Coaches Association is honored to submit new members to its Hall of Fame each season. 

The IFCA Hall of Fame honor is one of the highest recognitions that a coach can receive. It honors those coaches who have excelled both on and off the field. Coaches who have impacted players, schools, communities, and the game of football in Iowa.

To view a list of all the members of the IFCA Hall of Fame - click above on the "HOF List" to view.

We are please to announce that this years newest Hall of Fame inductees are:

Kevin Miller

A four-time state champion at his alma mater, Miller's teams appeared in seven finals and 17 playoffs in his 19 seasons at Solon. Miller's head coaching career opened with stops at Boscobel, Wisconsin, MFL MarMac, and Regina, but the return to Solon produced a 188-33 record and 14 district titles. Solon's title seasons (2007-10) included 42 straight wins and 20 consecutive playoff victories. Miller still teaches at Solon and his family includes his wife Nichole, daughter McKenna, and son Cam.

Jay McKinstrey

A graduate of Maurice-Orange City and Northwestern College, McKinstrey has been head coach at Pella through one of the great runs in Iowa high school football history. The Dutch won three consecutive championships (2014-16) and have appeared in nine semifinals and five finals games in his 27 years as head coach and co-head coach. His teams have gone 226-73 with seven undefeated regular seasons and 13 district titles. McKinstrey is a business instructor at Pella High School and spends his time away from school with his wife Jill and their seven children.

Bob Lape

Originally from Pennsylvania, Lape attended Upper Iowa University and stayed in northeast Iowa, coaching at North Fayette, North Fayette Valley, and Oelwein since 1990. His 35 years as a coach have included 16 as a succesful head coach, logging a 103-66 record with eight district titles in a nine-year span (2008-16) and five UNI-Dome appearances, including winning the 2014 Class 2A state championship. Lape and his wife Renee have two sons (Dalton, Ethan) and one daughter (Kennedy) and live in Oelwein. He still serves as head football and softball coach.

Steve Diedeker

A native of Ponca, Nebraska, Diediker spent his entire 48-year coaching career in Hinton, serving as a junior high and assistant coach from 1975-82, 36 years as co-head coach alongside fellow selection Bruce Held before stepping aside in 2018, and working as a volunteer coach since then. Diediker's teams with Held went 204-137, recording 15 playoff berths and finishing as Class A runner-up in 2012. Diediker and his wife Pam have been married 49 years and have four sons and four grandchildren. He still serves as a substitute teacher and bus driver while volunteering at Hinton.

Bruce Held

In 40 years at Hinton, including 36 as co-head coach with Steve Diediker, the Blackhawks won seven district titles and had two undefeated regular seasons. The duo was named the IFCA's Class A coach(es) of the year in 2012, served as coaches on the 2014 Shrine Bowl's North team, and shared the IHSAA Character Counts Coach award in 2017. Held still serves Hinton as a substitute teacher and bus driver, and leads the school's FCA program. He and his wife of 46 years, Barb, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Congratulations to these outstanding individuals and their schools. 

Welcome to the HALL OF FAME!