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Shultz named Regional Coach of the Year

By Staff | Jan 11, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — Estherville Lincoln Central Football Coach Jerry Shultz recently was named a Regional Coach of the Year in Class 2A/1A by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.

Shultz was last named Regional Coach of the Year in 2003 and was the Class 2A District II Coach of the Year in 2006.

Shultz has led five teams to the state playoffs. He coached two playoff teams at Turkey Valley and took ELC into the postseason in 2003, 2006 and 2007. The last two seasons, ELC entered the playoffs as District II champions and the Midgets currently have a 14-game winning streak in district play.

Shultz’s record at Estherville/ELC stands at 91-82 over the past 19 seasons while his career record is 127-105.

He graduated from Greene High School in 1971 where he lettered in four sports while earning all-state honors in three sports–football, basketball and baseball.

At Westmar College, he was a three-time all-conference defensive back and the team MVP as a senior. He also earned NCAA Division II All-American honors.

He coached at Floyd Valley from 1977-81 where he won conference titles in his final two seasons. That earned him recognition from his alma mater as he was named Westmar College Alumni Coach of the Year in 1980.

He was an assistant coach at Central Lyon from 1982-1985.

He then moved to Turkey Valley where he was the head coach from 1986 to 1988 and the team qualified for the state playoffs twice. While at Turkey Valley, he also coached the track team to a state title in Class 3A.

Shultz began coaching at Estherville in 1989.

In 1996, he was an assistant coach in the Iowa Shrine Bowl Game.