Cory Faust is Glenwood Community High School’s new football coach.
Faust, who was offered the Glenwood job last week and accepted, takes over for Brian Albert who resigned April 11. Faust will also teach math at the high school. He comes to Glenwood after nine seasons as head coach at A-H-S-T High School in Avoca.
Faust met with school administrators and toured the school two weeks ago. He liked what he heard and saw.
“It seemed like a perfect situation for me,” he said. “I was very impressed with the school and the town seemed like a good place to live and work. It was the perfect mix of small town but a little bit bigger city, closer to the city. I was impressed with the administration. I had a good feeling in my interview. It was a perfect storm of what I was looking for and I’m excited about the challenge and making an impact.”
Faust, the 2010 Class A coach of the year by the Iowa Football Coaches Association, has a record of 68-26 with six playoff appearances in his nine seasons as the Vikings’ head coach. Glenwood has been to the state playoffs twice in school history and is coming off a 1-8 season. Faust isn’t swayed by the challenge.
“That was one of the things that actually excited me about the job,” he said. “I’ve always wondered about going somewhere and developing something that hasn’t had a lot of success. For me, the ultimate goal is wins and losses but it’s important to do things right and if you do those things right and really focusing on your relationships with helping boys become young men, then the winning takes care of itself.”
The Rams new coach hasn’t been able to meet with his team yet and is still in the process of finalizing his staff. He hopes to have both things accomplished before the end of this school year.
“I hope to meet with them (the returning football players) soon. I really want to get our staff together soon and meet with the kids and get things set up for the summer,” he said. “I know there are good kids at Glenwood and they’re good athletes. I look forward to working with them.”
Faust has yet to hire an offensive or defensive coordinator but in past years, the coach said, he has relied on a spread option attack modeled on Air Force and Georgia Tech.
“We run a lot of the running plays they run but we’ll also throw the ball. When we’ve had people to do that, we’ve thrown the ball some years. We like to be able to execute what we do and take care of the ball,” he said. “Defensively we’ve played some multiple seven-man fronts that are aggressive and play hard. We’ll be fundamentally sound and play hard.”
Faust is a Greenfield native and a graduate of Nodaway Valley High School before going on to play defensive back at Central College in Pella.
The Rams open their 2102 season at Red Oak on Aug. 24.