After a few youthful coaches replaced some experienced veterans, Marshalltown head coach Aaron Shipley believes the Bobcat football program has the perfecft mixture of personalties moving forward.
Plenty of familiar faces will be roaming the sidelines at Leonard Cole Field this season, while three others have decided to step away from the program.
Long-time defensive coordinator Mike Eggleston has decided to retire, John Reed has taken the assistant football position at GMG and Todd Kluver wanted to focus on watching his son Tyler as he begins his journey with the University of Iowa.
Replacing that threesome though will be several young, energetic coaches that Shipley feels can provide a big spark to the Bobcat program.
"I am really, really excited about the people that have been brought aboard," said Shipley, who begins his first year as head coach after previously coaching the MHS defensive line. "There will be a nice mixture of some youth and high-energy coaches with plenty of guys who have great knowledge of the game. I think it will be a fun working relationship overall."
Shipley also will be the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Taking over the offensive playcalling on Friday nights will be assistant head coach Adam Hoop, who worked as the wide receivers coach the past few seasons.
"Coach Hoop has been heavily involved with the offense in recent years," Shipley said. "I won't give him any limits. He is very creative and he will be able to do whatever he wants with the offense.
"Coach Hoop called plays the night Blake Gimbel set the single-game record for passing yards and he also was the play caller when Tad Steffensen set the single-game record for receiving yards two years ago."
Also returning to the staff will be Kirk Brooks. After spending the last 12 years as the head sophomore coach, Brooks will now focus on a new role as he was named Director of Football Operations by Shipley. He also will be in charge of the running backs.
"He has unofficially been the DFO for awhile now," said Shipley of Brooks' new official title. "He is a jack of all trades. He will be in charge of all the behind the scenes stuff. That can go unnoticed sometimes, but the football program would be nowhere without Coach Brooks."
Three new additions to the Bobcat staff will be Allen Mann, Terry Whaley and Tim Faircloth. Mann will coach the wide receivers and head up the newly revamped strength and conditioning program, while Whaley replaces Todd Kluver as the offensive line coach.
Faircloth was a volunteer assistant defensive line coach last year, but he and Shipley work extreme well together.
"He is a sponge," Shipley said of Faircloth. "He is receptive to new ideas and wants to learn how I want things to be tought. We worked together last year and are on the same page so it made sense to keep him on the staff."
Mann, who will take over for Brooks as the head sophomore coach, is a former Bobcat who recently graduated from Central College with a degree in exercise science. That is why Shipley has put him in charge of the strength and conditioning program.
"That is going to be a big part of the program moving forwrard," Shipley said. "In the eight or nine weeks since the program was installed, we have already seen huge gains. I am excited to see what those gains look like in two or three years."
Shipley also likes Mann's energy. And it is important that the former Bobcat understands what playing for Marshalltown is all about.
"He understands the town history," said Shipley, who played his high school ball at West Marshall. "He is a really good addition."
Whaley, whose position as offensive line coach is still pending board approval, will command the athletes' attention as he soon as he walks into the room. He's big, strong and has an intimidating presence that Shipley thinks will pay off big for the Bobcats.
"He will immediately command the respect of the athletes," Shipley said. "When he speaks, anyone around him listens. He also has a strong grasp on what we want to do here."
The rest of the staff features assistant running backs coach Mark Bohan, assistant linebackers coach Ryan Dalton and assistant defensive line coach Matt Butler. Bohan also will be head freshman coach, while Dalton and Butler are his two assistants.
The video coordinator will be Chuck Willman, Grant Caster is the equipment manager and Jake Borton and Matt Beye both return as the team statisticians.