MASON CITY – The dire situation in the Mason City School District has led varsity football coach Justin Penner to issue what he called a “State of Emergency” Monday afternoon.
Coach Penner issued this statement via an email titled “State of Emergency–Mohawk Football”:
While we are so grateful for the service that our departing coaches have provided, we find ourselves down five coaches in the program. I felt strongly after the season that I had a great staff; one that I wanted to keep together for years to come. Many circumstances have changed that possibility.I need all of you helping me to find at least 5 certified coaches to help us this fall. Here is what we are in need of:
1 Freshmen Assistant
1 Sophomore Assistant
2 8th Grade Coaches
1 7th Grade Coach
Please help me find the right people for our program that will greatly impact young men for years to come by sending applicants my way. In order to coach, one must get state certified. This can be done over the summer by taking classes through a community college like NIACC, Ellsworth, or Kirkwood. Your help with this urgent situation is vital to the future of this program.
Coach Penner also said that there is a need for “an increase in positive leadership among all grades of football and parents of players as well.”