Swenson Named Iowa Football Coach of the Year

Valley football coach Gary Swenson has been named the 2012 Iowa Football Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association.

Swenson earned his 300th coaching win this season as he led the Tigers to the state quarterfinals with a 9-3 record. He has won five state championships in the past 11 years at Valley, most recently in 2011.

“I want to thank the NFHS for this honor,” said Swenson. “It’s always nice to be recognized knowing that you accept recognition on behalf of the people you work with. I feel very fortunate at Valley High School to coach talented high school football players every year.  The football coaching staff at Valley is a dedicated group of men who can teach the game, it’s my privilege to coach alongside them.

“Football is just one piece of a very successful athletic and activity program at Valley High School.  The support of our administrative team, the board of education, and the West Des Moines Community, give all of our programs a chance to succeed.”