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IFCA Walt Fiegel Coaching with Character Award

Walt Fiegel

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.



The 2018 Walt Fiegel Award Winner is:

Bob Sanger - Britt, West Hancock High School

After playing football and graduating from MFL of Monona and Upper Iowa University, Sanger began what has since become a 52-year coaching career in Britt in 1968. Sanger's teams won state titles in 1973, 1996 and this past season 2019. He has had six teams play in the state championship game. His 30 playoff qualifying teams has set a standard of excellence not only at West Hancock, but throughout the state. He is a member of the IFCA Hall of Fame and won numerous coach of the year honors. He and his wife of over 50 years have four sons: Kevin, Rick, Jeff and Mark. Coach Sanger has set a standard that all of us can strive to achieve when it comes to loyalty, character, and competition.

Congratulations Bob!

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