Butch Pedersen

Butch Pedersen

Position: Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator

CAREER RECORD (Through 2017): 296 wins, 74 losses - .800 winning percentage James "Butch" Pedersen has been the head football coach at West Branch since 1983. His tenure at West Branch High School is the longest of any head coach in the history of the program. It is also the most historical, both in the ... Read more

John Hierseman

John Hierseman

Position: Assistant Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator

Worked at the junior high level through the 2012 season, before moving up to the fresh-soph in 2013. Was the starting quarterback and a team captain for the 1989 state championship team in West Branch. Helped lead West Branch to two American Legion baseball state championships as a youth. Graduated from the Universi... Read more

Kevin Crosthwaite

Kevin Crosthwaite

Position: Special Teams Coordinator

Began his West Branch coaching career with 5 seasons at the junior high level. Moved to the varsity from junior high in 2012. Graduated high school at Central Dewitt and college from the University of Iowa. Kevin and his wife Darla have one child, Cole. Works as a Premium Auditor for IAS. The Iow... Read more

Tyler Bailey

Tyler Bailey

Position: Assistant Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers

West Branch High School 2006 graduate, and two-time all-district performer. Recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Durant, 2005 and returned an interception for a touchdown vs Wilton. Went on to play football at Cornell College. Works at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a Pharmaceuti... Read more

Kevin Braddock

Kevin Braddock

Position: Receivers & Defensive Backs

Coach Braddock is a one of the most decorated athletes in West Branch Football lore. He was member of the 1989 and 1991 State Championship teams, and also a 1990 semi-finalist. His 311 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns in the 1991 state title game are still 1A records to this date. The yardage total stood the test of time, lasti... Read more

Austin Finnegan

Austin Finnegan

Position: Offensive & Defensive Line

Austin was a 3-year starter for the West Branch varsity as an offensive lineman. That pedigree should prove to be successful in coaching with the Bears. "Finndog" was a member of 3 semifinal Bear teams (2009-2010-2011), playing 4 games in the UNI-Dome. Before joining the high school staff, Austin assisted with the Youth Sports Foundati... Read more

Jack Rummells

Jack Rummells

Position: Offensive & Defensive Line

Jack was a 2-time all state lineman for the Bears (2008, 2009)...Named All-district Offensive Lineman (2007-09) and Defensive Player of the Year in Class 1A District 6 (2009)...Accepted a football scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa, started on the Offensive Line for (3) seasons. Jack was named all-Missouri Valley Conference in 2013 a... Read more

Dave Kabela

Dave Kabela

Position: Receivers & Special Teams

1974 Graduate of WBHS Played WR and DE/DB in HS. Dave was a member of Coach Pedersen's junior high staff in 1977. He then went on to coach boys and girls basketball at the middle school...and then was the longtime head coach of the Girls Varsity squad. Lifetime resident of West Branch. His family includes:... Read more

Matt Hills

Matt Hills

Position: Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator

1992 West Branch High School graduate; a member of the 1991 undefeated state championship squad. Attended the University of Iowa after high school graduation. Works for the UI as a Purchasing Agent. Married to Jeanna, and has four children: Austin, Mattie, Gavin, and Nathan. The Iowa Hawkeyes and Miami Dol... Read more

Jason Kern

Jason Kern

Position: Offensive Coordinator

Coach Kern grew up in Kalona, Iowa and a graduate of Mid-Prairie High School.  He achieved his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa, with emphasis on Physical Education/Health Education Teaching. Jasn then moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana where I attended Northwestern State University.  While attending... Read more

Drew Cornwell

Drew Cornwell

Position: Kickers & Quarterbacks

Drew is a 2014 graduate of City High (Iowa City). During his 4-year varsity career, he amassed 230 points - which is a record for most points ever scored by a kicker in Iowa HS Football history...He went on to attend college and play football at Concordia University in St. Paul and at Grandview University ... Read more

Luke Posivio

Luke Posivio

Position: Offensive & Defensive Line

Luke  is an Iowa City native and a 2014 City High graduate. During his time at City High, he played football and basketball, accumulating varsity letters in both sports. He was a 2-time Mississippi Valley Conference All-Conference offensive lineman in 2012 and 2013.  Coach Posivio furthered his academic and basketba... Read more

Jason Pedersen

Jason Pedersen

Position: Offensive & Defensive Line

Bio coming soon.

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