Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

August 23, 2013

Horstman steps in to guide the Melcher-Dallas Saints in football

By Mike Helle Journal-Express
The Journal Express

---- — Mike Horstman is the new head football coach at Melcher-Dallas. Horstman takes over for Ryan Conrad who took a teaching and coaching job at Waterloo East. Jim Crozier has moved from assistant varsity to junior high football coach, making for a new staff at the varsity level.

Horstman has been hired to be the elementary principal at Melcher-Dallas. He has 12 years of experience as a varsity football coach and wanted to add the head varsity football coaching job to his principal duties.

Horstman grew up in Southern Oregon. When he graduated from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, Horstman earned his bachelors degree from the University of Maryland. Horstman spent a total of 24 years in the Air Force.

Horstman taught and coached at North Nodaway High School in Missouri from 1994-1998. He was then activated by the Iowa Air National Guard. Horstman was a member of the 132nd fighter wing stationed out of the Des Moines Airport. He spent time in the Middle East in the early 2000’s.

Horstman retired from the Air Force and resumed his teaching and coaching career in 2006. He taught tech classes, and social studies classes, was head football coach, basketball coach, and track coach at Ventura from 2006-2009. Horstman took the athletic director job and tech coordinator position at Colfax-Mingo during the 2009-2010 school year. He was also the varsity football coach. Horstman became a casualty of budget cuts and was on the move again in 2010.

Hubbard-Radcliffe was the next stop for Horstman. He was the tech coordinator and taught tech classes. Horstman was also head varsity football coach. He recently has neared completion of his administration degree and decided to take a new challenge when he accepted the elementary principal’s job at Melcher-Dallas.

“I still wanted to continue coaching football as well,” stated Horstman. “I have been coaching for several years and enjoy the challenges. We will run a different offense this year. We will be running some pistol and some no-huddle. I have a little different numbering system, so the boys have had to work hard to learn everything.”

Horstman doesn’t have a senior on his team. He does however, have a dozen juniors who are athletic, and ready to take on the challenge of a varsity season. Coach Horstman and his young troops will open the season tonight (Friday), when they host Colo-Nesco at 7 p.m.