July 7, 2014 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District is thrilled to announce that the Activities Director position has been filled by current Mustang junior high teacher and head football coach, Brandon Krusey.
A 1997 graduate of Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District, Krusey learned the value of hard work growing up on his family’s dairy farm and coaching leadership under the supervision of legendary football coach Ed Thomas. He went on to receive an Elementary Education degree with a K-8 Social Studies endorsement fr
om Wartburg College.
Krusey taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades for North Tama County Community Schools and served as their assistant athletic director where he led their football program for 7 years and was the head girls’ basketball coach for 8 years. For 5 of the 7 seasons, he led the North Tama football team to the playoffs including one state championship appearance. During his time in Grundy Center, Krusey taught 2nd and 3rd grades, worked as the head football coach, and the head track coach. In 2011 he led Grundy Center football to their first playoffs since 1994 and won coach of the year for his conference.
For the past two years at ICSD, Krusey has taught junior high history while also serving as the Mustangs’ head football coach and assistant coach for the high school boys track team and junior high boys basketball team. Coach Krusey took over a Mustang football team that had a combined record of 2-43 in the five seasons prior to his arrival to finishing 3-6 in 2012 and 4-5 in 2013 in his first two seasons as head coach. While he will no longer be teaching history or coaching track and basketball, Krusey is eager to remain the Mustangs’ head football coach.
Krusey emphasizes the importance of the bigger picture in being involved with athletics by stating, “I’ve always believed that no matter what sport or group activity, every kid is important. Everyone serves a purpose whether they are a starter on the team or not. It takes commitment with hard work on everyone’s part to make gradual improvements and build confidence along the way.”
With Krusey’s extensive career in athletics and coaching, he will be instrumental in helping the District further develop the Activities Department. If you have questions regarding the ICSD Activities Department, please contact Brandon Krusey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 332-0795.