The Turkey Valley coaching staff — (from left) Junior Hackman, Frank Wilson, Dan Stepan, Justin Bakula, Dalton Hackman and Mark Scott — pose for a photo before Thursday’s state playoff semifinal game.

Turkey Valley assistant named coach of the year

Stepan credits Trojan head coach for allowing assistants to take ‘ownership’

After a regular season that saw the Turkey Valley offense average a whopping 62.9 points per game, the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, Dan Stepan, was honored. 

Stepan was tagged as the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Eight-Player Assistant Coach of the Year due to TV’s offensive outburst.

“Generally, when you receive awards like this, it means you’ve been at it for a long time,” he said with a laugh. “It also means you’ve been part of a successful program.”

For more on this story see the November 19 Tribune.

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