Bahlmann to be inducted into IFCA HOF

ALTOONA, Iowa – Marshall head football coach Terry Bahlmann will be inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the spring, a press release from the IFCA announced Monday afternoon.

“It’s a great honor and I’m proud to be a part of 20 years in Iowa,” Bahlmann said. “I worked with a lot of great players and great coaches to make this happen, it’s an honor to be recognized.”

Bahlmann coached in Iowa for 20 years before he began coaching at Marshall in 2004. He took his first head coaching job with Willow, where he coached for three years. He coached Schleswig for another three and Caroll for another 14 before landing in Marshall.

During Bahlmann’s three years at Schleswig, the Hawks won the 1988 Class A State Championship and finished as the runner-up in 1987. He compiled a 29-4 record over the course of his time with the team.

While Schleswig was an established program when he arrived, Carroll was not. The Tigers had not had a winning season in a decade when he arrived, so building up the program and watching it grow over the years was one of the high points in his coaching career, Bahlmann said.

The Carroll Tigers started 9-0 under Bahlmann in 1993, giving him his first of five state playoff appearances with the team.

“I’d like to thank my family for all the support they’ve given me, especially my wife Jan for supporting me at three schools in Iowa and letting my passion be our family’s passion,” Bahlmann said.

The committee inducts members into the IFCA Hall of Fame based on a combination of regular season and postseason success.

“When you look at [Bahlmann’s] record here in Iowa, he checks all the boxes in that stuff. He’s had a tremendous amount of success in the win-loss columns,” IFCA Hall of Fame Chairman Scott Heitland said.

Bahlmann’s teams were always incredibly well-prepared, motivated, and tough when they played, Heitland added regarding his experience coaching against Bahlmann’s teams.

Bahlmann’s induction will come on March 4th, 2023 at the IFCA Awards Ceremony at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center.


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