KINGMAN - Expect Jacob Iodence to bring some of the Midwest with him as he takes over the Lee Williams High School football program. That includes a strong work ethic and a high standard of morals.
The 27-year-old arrives at Lee Williams from NCAA Division II Chadron State in Nebraska. Iodence was a coaching assistant working with the inside receivers for the Eagles. He was under the watchful eye of offensive coordinator Chris Stein, who has nothing but praise for the young man.
"He's as good as you can get, character-wise," Stein said. "It's how kids out here are raised. He'll respect people and he'll respect the kids."
Iodence said the Volunteers will be tough on the field, and because he could bring along Clint Sasse and Patrick O'Boyle with him from Chadron to make that happen was a major buying point for the trio to leave Nebraska in the rearview mirror and come to Kingman.
The motivation exhibited by Iodence, Sasse and O'Boyle for the jobs indicated to Lee Williams principal/acting athletic director Gretchen Dorner that they were for real.
"When he drove down from Nebraska - that showed he was serious about wanting to work here," Dorner said. "Meeting him in person and having him bring a defensive coordinator and a special teams guy - how could you pass up this package?"
Since he graduated from Chadron State in 2012, Iodence has worked with three university football programs and soaked up any and all available knowledge. He spent time with Wayne State (Nebraska), Stetson (Florida) and Chadron. Stein says Iodence is more than ready to lead a high school program.
"Jacob has done everything at every position at the college level," Stein said. "He's run every facet of a football program. His X and O knowledge is exceptional. He's as ready as anyone would be. I think he's ready to be a college offensive coordinator."
Stein is convinced Iodence has the administration skills to lead a football program because he's worked with budgets, facility, equipment and personnel management. Iodence's talents also convince Stein that bringing Sasse and O'Boyle with him are top-notch moves.
"I'd take all of them with me anywhere at the college level," Stein said. "That group of people is exceptional. I'd have no problem putting them in a vehicle and taking them wherever I was going."
The youthfulness of Iodence could be a cause for concern if it was somebody else, but he's ready to lead the Vols onto the field this fall.
"I'm passionate about the game. I love it," Iodence said. "It fits my personality and I enjoy it. I enjoy using football as a catalyst for making a young man into a grown man."
And Dorner believes Lee Williams High School has in its possession something that will mix well with Iodence and his staff.
"He is young, but we have assistant coaches (on staff) who have a lot of experience, such as Ray Smith's 30 years," Dorner said. "Hopefully, that will mesh all together."
Stein wants the folks interested in Lee Williams football they don't have to be worried.
"He's a hell of a football coach," Stein said. "And he's bringing a hell of a staff with him. That high school ought to be excited."