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Voting begins for top 50 High School coaches in U.S. Cellular’s most valuable coach program

Iowa Has 14 Coaches Among Top 50 Nominees

September 24, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

U.S. Cellular has announced the Top 50 nominees for its Most Valuable Coach program. There are 14 Iowa high school coaches among them. After thousands of nominations were submitted, these Top 50 coaches are now listed on

The Iowa nominees are:

Judd Anderson, Boys and Girls Swimming, Muscatine.

Kevin Bergman, Girls Basketball/Softball, Sumner-Fredericksburg.

Davis Eidahl, Cross Country/Girls Basketball/Boys Track, Pekin (Packwood).

John Ford, Wrestling, Mount Ayr.

Ryan Groom, Wrestling/Golf, North Mahaska (New Sharon).

August Manz, Wrestling, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.

Joe Martin, Athletic Director/Football, Springville.

Alissa McAtee, Cheerleading, Solon.

Matt McGhghy, Football, Keokuk.

John Olsen, Football, Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

Tim O'Neill, Track, Davenport Assumption.

Chad Ryan, Boys Basketball, Des Moines North.

Ron Slagel, Soccer, Cedar Valley Christian (Cedar Rapids).

Jon Weinrich, Basketball, Shenandoah.

At the end of the program, the winning coach will receive a $50,000 donation to the charitable organization of their choice or their high school athletic department, a trip to Orlando, Florida, and on-field recognition at the Under Armour High School All-America Game.

U.S. Cellular's Most Valuable Coach program honors high school coaches who lead by example, strengthen their teams and give back to their communities. The public can vote for their favorite coach among the Top 50 nominees between now and 11:59 a.m. on Oct. 9 at

The 15 coaches who earn the most votes will advance to the final round of voting. U.S. Cellular will award each Final 15 coach's school with $5,000, host a local celebratory event and create a short video that shares the coach's story on

"We are truly inspired by the incredible stories that were shared throughout the nomination phase of the Most Valuable Coach program," said Mike Adams, U.S. Cellular's director of sales for Iowa and Nebraska. "Each of the Top 50 coaches deserves to be recognized for their contributions to not only their team, but their community. These individuals go beyond the game and lead by example. We encourage everyone in Iowa to vote for their favorite coach."

Along with the online public voting, a panel of judges that includes Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Kurt Warner will help to determine the Most Valuable Coach based on leadership qualities and the positive impact had on their community, school and players. The winning coach will be announced at noon on Nov. 20.

For more information, to vote on the Top 50 coaches and view the official program rules, please visit



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