COUNCIL BLUFFS — Shawn Struck felt it was time for a new adventure. As a result, Heartland Christian is looking for a new football coach.
Struck informed the Council Bluffs school this month he would be departing after serving as coach in the school’s first full varsity season last fall.
“It was a difficult decision,” Struck said. “The last couple months I just felt the Lord was leading me in different directions. I guess I had to take a leap of faith and trust in him.”
The 2009 Abraham Lincoln graduate will return to his alma mater this fall and work primarily with freshmen as part of coach Justin Kammrad’s staff. But he said he couldn’t be more grateful to Heartland for the chance to be a coach as a 21-year-old.
Struck, who also helped coach other sports including track and field and taught classes at Heartland, is still a student at UNO. He spent two years as an assistant for the Eagles under former coach Dave Coberly.
“It’s nothing negative about Heartland; I love it there,” Struck said. “But I was stressed out all the time, most of which I created myself. It probably became a little too much, and I just realized I need to focus on the Lord and step back.”
Heartland Athletic Director Larry Gray said the program would ideally have a successor in place by the time summer weightlifting begins next week. The first choice is last year’s defensive coordinator, Justin Steinmetz.
The Eagles went 0-10 as an Eight-Man squad last season.
“His reasoning to me and the staff at Heartland is he’s set goals for himself and he wants to get things accomplished,” Gray said. “We just bless him and know he’ll go on to do great things.”
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