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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:


A 39-year head coach, Bahlmann spent his first 20 seasons in Iowa, leading Willow, Schleswig, and Carroll. A playoff qualifier seven times, his Schleswig squads finished as Class A runner-up in 1987 and won the title in 1988. He was named IFCA’s Northwest Iowa Coach of the Year for that season and was a head coach of the Shrine Bowl in 1989. Bahlmann has spent the last 19 seasons at Marshall (Minn.) High School and has a career record of 260-106. He and his wife Jan have three children, Allison, Dani, and Brad, and four grandchildren.


Hired by Hall of Fame coach Reese Morgan at Benton Community in 1989, Goodchild has served as head coach for 25 seasons over three stints. His overall record of 162-75 came with most games in Class 3A and included 13 playoff appearances and eight district championships. He also served as head coach of YJB and Panora-Linden for three seasons. Goodchild’s most recent run at Ben- ton came following three wins in three seasons, which his squads followed up with first or second place district finishes in 10 of the next 11 years.


As an assistant at Iowa City, City High starting in 1981, Sabers took over as head coach in 2001 and served until 2020. Sabers credits an extensive list of mentors -- Bob Timmerman, Greg Purnell, Clyde Bean, Howard Vernon, Larry Brown, Dave Jacobson, and John Raffensperger -- for success at City High, including three championships as an assistant and three finals appearances with one title (2009) as a head coach. His run included 33 consecutive MVC wins from 2007-11. Sabers and his wife Debbie have four children: Brian, Michael, Molly, and Kelly.


Hired right out of Simpson College in 1992, Wadle has spent the last 31 seasons coaching at Bishop Garrigan, Algona. He entered the 2022 season with a 213-92 career mark, including nine district titles, 19 playoff apperances, and three state runner-up finishes (1999, 2005, 2016). Garrigan also racked up 36 straight regular season victories from 2015-18. An assistant coach at Dowling Catholic in 1990 and 1991, Wadle has been named the CYO coach of the year three times. He and his wife Jill have a son and daughter, Reece and Megan.


An educator in Denison for 40 years, Wiebers was head coach from 1989 through 2009. His teams racked up 10 playoff apperances, including an undefeated regular season and 10-1 finish in 2000. Starting out as an assistant under Al Dorenkamp and Mike Cooper, he completed his head coach- ing career in 2009 with a career record of 131-73. He currently serves as Denison’s high school principal and is a member of the IHSAA Board of Control. Wiebers and his wife Sarah have five children: Evan, Charlie, Goanar, Harley, and Luke.

Congratulations to these outstanding individuals and their schools. 

Welcome to the HALL OF FAME!