Bishop Garrigan’s legendary football coach, Marty Waddle, will be one of five inductees who will be inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association’s Coaches Hall of Fame on March 4.
Wadle will be joined by Benton’s Kal Goodchild, Denison’s Dave Wiebers, Iowa City High School’s Dan Sabers and Carroll’s Terry Bahlman. IFCA also announced that West Des Moines Valley resident Gary Swenson will be the winner of the Walt His Fiegel His Coaching His Wiz His Character Award.
“It’s very humbling,” said Waddle. “First of all, when I look at all the coaches on this list that I have opposed or coached me in high school and college, I am very humbled. “For the past 31 years, I have needed many wonderful children and wonderful assistants. I thank them first and foremost. I have received so much support.”
Over the past 31 years, Waddle has led his Golden Bears program to his 216 wins, nine division titles, 19 playoff appearances, and three state runner-up finishes.
Waddle was his assistant coach at his alma mater, West Des Moines, Dowling, where he served for two his seasons, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College. He joined Garrigan in 1992 and has been there ever since. “You have to love school and what you do,” Waddle said. “I have always believed in a Catholic education as it was a big part of my life at Dowling. Algona is a great place and a good fit.
Bishop Garrigan had one of his most successful runs from 2015 to 2018, at one point regular winning his 36-game streak of his season and finishing runner-up in 2016.
“Every year there are opportunities [to go somewhere], but I’ve stayed pretty true to myself. I’ve been happy, happy here. I love this school and the administration has always supported our activities and programs. ”
Thirty years later, Waddle says, “I still get excited every day to get up and go to Waite’s room early in the morning.”
“I am enthusiastic and always want to go to work,” he said. “You have to love what you do, love the children and people of Algona, and support our program tremendously.” Wadle and his wife Jill have two of his children, Reece and Megan.
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