August 11, 2012 (Independence, IA) – We have all heard the expression “we are only as strong as our weakest link”. Brandon Krusey knows this saying all too well and strives to instill this belief in all student athletes. Krusey is a fresh face in the Independence Community School District (ICSD) and hopes to make an impact while serving as the district’s head football coach.
A 1997 graduate of the Aplington‐Parkersburg school district, Krusey learned the value of hard work growing up on a dairy farm and dedication to a team under the supervision of the legendary football coach Ed Thomas. He went on to receive an Elementary Education degree with a K‐8 Social Studies endorsement from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Krusey taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades for North Tama County Community Schools and served as their assistant athletic director. He led the football program for 7 years and was the head girls’ basketball coach for 8 years at North Tama. 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. Last season he led Grundy Center football to their first playoffs since 1994 and won coach of the year for his conference.
“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”, stated Krusey.
Krusey, along with his wife Amber and their three daughters, Alicia 6, Brianna 4, and Vanessa 18 months, has moved to Independence to start the 2012‐2013 school year teaching and coaching. When asked why he chose Independence, he said, “I jumped at the opportunity to teach Junior High social studies while serving as head football coach. I also talked with a lot of good people before making the decision and deciding to move my family here. Everyone was extremely positive and I could sense a lot of great things happening. Plus, being able to teach in a new facility will be great when the Jr./Sr. High School is complete”.
Aside from adjusting to a new job and city, Krusey says his main goal for the 2013 football season is to strive for day‐to‐day improvement in the 9‐12 student athletes, gain football knowledge, and really pull together to become better people and teammates.
For more information about the ICSD Football Program visit www.indee.k12.ia.us/activities/sports/football.
Jenny Yoder, Fusion Forward