From scratch to national title in just four years
- Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:53
- by Doug Samuels
Five years ago Iowa Western made a decision to start their football program from scratch and tabbed Scott Strohmeier as the man to build everything from the ground up.
With just four years of competition under their belt, Strohmeier recently led the Reivers to a national title. From scratch to national title in just four short years.
Following a 5-4 finish their first season, Strohmeier led his team to back to back 9-2 seasons an put together a 12-0 season while beating Butler Community College (KS), who had previously collected 6 national titles in their school's history by a final score of 27-7. A true David vs. Goliath match up.
The Reivers were as impressive as any offensive unit in the country and set numerous NJCAA records in the process (did we mention that they're in just their fourth year in the history of the program already?). Their points per game average (63 points per game) and total offensive yardage (598 yards per game) were the best in the history of Junior College football. Individually, receiver Deon Long ended the year with 100 receptions, and a quarter of them went for touchdowns (25), and quarterback Jake Waters beat Cam Newton's completion percentage with a 73% clip on the year.
Most of their final scores on the season resembled unsportsmanlike basketball scores, more so than the vast majority of football games that most have ever seen. They went over the 80 point mark twice (allowing a total of 36 points in those two games), and failed to reach the 50 point mark just once prior to the national title game. Simply put, their offense was ridiculously efficient. Their defense was no slouch either, allowing 20 or more points just four times in their twelve games.
Coaches that have been called on to build a program from the ground up should take a page or two from Strohmeier and his staff. Starting at ground level , they've been able to build one of the most one premier programs in the country, and have found a way to reach the pinnacle of the coaching profession in a very short period of time, and they're also doing it the right way.