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2017 HS Football Coaches' Profiles

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:01

Coach Andrew Kleeman


Coach Kleeman has a lot of responsibility with the football team. He is the head coach for the team and the defensive coordinator. He manages the club budget, works a lot with the community and markets the program. He also manages to facilitate the off season workouts and oversees the coaching staff.

Before Coach Kleeman became a coach he had some experience playing on the defensive line at Morningside College. Then his first coaching experience was at Lemars. He was the freshman coach for 2 years, JV defensive coordinator for 1 year, then he was the defensive coordinator for 2 years. At Lemars he was also the varsity track coach and coached basketball and baseball.

Coach Kleeman has some other roles in the Nevada district as well. He is a high school social studies instructor is a middle school boys track coach.

The thing Coach Kleeman loves most about coaching is the process of working with kids and getting them to their goals. He loves the everyday grind and watching  player development. He sees coaching as a puzzle, and he wants to put all the pieces together and get the final prize.

The way Coach Andrew Kleeman got interested in coaching was because he had such a great experience playing football. He was in a football community, and he had the focus of ‘football is life’, and this led him to be able to do two of his favorite things - teach and to be able to coach football.

Coach Shawn Oaks

Coach Shawn Oaks is the freshmen defensive coordinator. On the varsity team, he is the offensive and defensive line coach, and is the offensive signal caller.

Coach Oaks had a lot of playing experience in his life. He played high school football and 2 years of college football at Central Iowa Community College in Fort Dodge and 2 years at William Penn in Oskaloosa. Coach Oaks had no coaching experience before he coached at Nevada, but he has made a huge impact on the Nevada football team!

Coach Oaks also assists Todd Sampson and The Arena with the ANS Strength and Conditioning program in the high school weight room.

“I like to watch kids develop and do more than they thought was possible. I like teaching kids about the greatest team sport ever developed,” said Coach Oaks. “I also like the challenge of preparing myself and my guys for battle and understanding what an opponent is going to do before they do it.”

“I had always wanted to continue my football career and playing was no longer an option,” said Coach Oaks. “My first year was just a trial to see if I liked it and if i wanted to do it more and after the first week of practice I knew it was something that i wanted to do for a really long time.”

Coach Corey Barloon

Coach Barloon’s main role on the football team is freshman offensive coordinator, and working with receivers and defensive backs.

He has coached middle school football in Nevada and Ames, freshman football in Johnston and Garner-Hayfield, and he was a middle school athletic director for a school in Illinois. He played football in high school and his teams won state championships his junior and senior years.

 In the district, he is  a 3rd grade teacher, teacher learning team coach, middle school basketball coach, and a high school softball coach.

 He enjoys working with young people learning a sport, encouraging them to push themselves to be better on and off the field, and to enjoy themselves while playing.

He became interested in coaching while playing sports.

“I had some good coaches in high school and knew then I wanted to continue being involved with athletics,” said Coach Barloon.

Coach Tony Neubauer

Coach Neubauer is in his second year with the Nevada football team as the offensive coordinator.

Coach Neubauer has a lot of coaching experience: 15 years of high school football, 1 year as a head Coach (7-4 in 2015 and qualified for state), 7 years of varsity offensive coordinator experience (2011-present).  His teams made the state semifinals in 2011, and the state quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013, and the state play-offs in 2015. He also did some playing of his own as well: 2 year letter winner at Crestwood in 96-97'. All-District tight end in 97', and the team qualified for the playoffs, and 2 years of football at Upper Iowa.

He also teaches Middle School PE and health as well as being the head varsity girls basketball coach and a middle school girls track coach.

He loves coaching because he loves working with young people and being around athletics. It’s a pretty good fit for Coach Neubauer.

Coach David Schmitz

Coach David Schmitz is the linebackers and wide receiver coach. He also maintains the equipment room and keeps the team running smoothly in other areas.

    He played at Harlan High School as a defensive back and punt returner. He and his team won 3 state titles.

His first coaching job after graduating from Iowa State was at Des Moines Lincoln for 3 years and then at West Des Moines Valley and Dowling before coming to Nevada. He also coached his sons’ traveling squads for football in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

He also works as the food service director for the school district.

He likes watching players/students mature and develop as players through the years and seeing what they have accomplised. He loves competition also, so coaching is a way of life.

He became interested in coaching at Iowa State and took courses there to go along with the profession.

Coach John Bass

Coach Bass is the Assistant Football coach in charge of coaching linebackers, offensive line and calling JV defense.

He played 4 years of football, baseball and basketball, 1 year of track and 2 years of golf in high school. He played football 1 year in college and 2 years of baseball. He has coached 2 years of a middle school football, 11 years at high school football, 3 years of middle school boys basketball, 8 years of high school boys basketball, 6 years of high school softball, 14 years of high school  baseball and 2 years of middle school track.

He is the head softball coach and is an associate at the middle school.

A few things that he loves about coaching is working with young adults and watching a player do things that they didn't think they could do. As a coach his sole goal is to try and impact a kid’s life in some way, whether it is in the sport or outside the sport.

He had a high school coach that mentored him and just made a connection early and gave him lessons that he had taken with him the rest of his life. Because of that, he knew he wanted to coach since he was a freshman in high school.

Coach Todd Sampson

Coach Sampson is the running backs, defensive ends, special teams and strength coach.

He played 4 years of high school and 4 years of college football at Wartburg College. He has e been coaching high school football for 5 years at Nevada.

He is also a Co-Head Boys Soccer Coach and is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator.

He enjoys work with our athletes and watching the grow and succeed on and off the playing field.

He became interested in coaching because many of the role models in his life were coaches.  They had a profound impact on how he viewed high school sports and how great of an impact they can have in someone's life.  There is a lot more to learn from participating in sports than just the Xs and Os.  He also viewed the opportunity to coach as a way he could give back to a community and school district that had given so much to him in the 12 years he was in the Nevada School District.

Written by Omunique Wilkerson, Luke Durkop, and Emilio Saldana

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