The Iowa Football Coaches Association is honored to submit new members to its Hall of Fame each season. The I-F-C-A Hall of Fame honor is one of the highest recognition’s that a coach can receive. It honors those coaches who have excelled both on and off the field. Coaches who have impacted players, schools, communities, and the game of football in Iowa. The latest class was inducted over the weekend and included Newell-Fonda coach Brian Wilken.
A graduate of Akron-Westfield and Buena Vista University, Wilken began his coaching career with two-year stints as an assistant at West Marshall and Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto. Wilken was named the head coach of the Rams in 1998 and then left to take over the football program at Newell-Fonda in 2000. Prior to his arrival, the program had earned two playoff berths. After 18 seasons at the helm, they now boast 13 playoff appearances, success in both 11 man and 8 man football, and the 2014 state title. Wiken has earned numerous IFCA coaching awards including state coach of the year in 2013. In addition to being the had football coach, Wilken also serves as athletic director, PE teacher, head boys track coach, and assistant junior high baseball coach all at Newell-Fonda.
He and his wife Pam are the parents of five children: Jordan, Peyton, Camryn, Beau, and Broc.