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 Foundation tackle football league. His brother, Drew, was a member of the 2012-15 Bear varsity squads. He lives in West Branch and plans to coach as long as he can.