Scott Strohmeier knew the Iowa Western Community College football program had potential when he was named the school’s first head coach back in 2008 but even he admits he had no idea the they would become a national power so soon. The Rievers won a national title in only their fourth season as a program and they enter this season fourth ranked in The Sporting News junior college pre-season poll.
Strohmeier has led Iowa Western to a 57-10 record in six seasons and says they welcome the lofty expectations. Iowa Western has succeeded by mixing talented players who need to go the junior college route to become eligible for division one with multi-sport Iowa kids who want to play at a higher level.
The Rievers will play a demanding schedule including road trips to the top four contenders in the Jayhawk Conference. Iowa Western closed last season by losing to East Mississippi in the national championship game. The Rievers open the new season August 29th with a visit to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.