Champions’ Locker Room – Tom Wilson, Dowling Catholic HS (Iowa)

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by Jeff Fisher

Dowling Catholic Maroons footballTen years and three Iowa state football coaches is what headlines Tom Wilson‘s resume as the head coach at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

With back-to-back championships and a 27-1 record over the last two years, Coach Wilson was interviewed by Coach Chris Fore for his Champions’ Locker Room series.

Below is an excerpt of Coach Fore’s interview with the Iowa Class 4A champion coach.

Question: What does your football program do differently from other programs in your league, conference, state that helped you win a State Championship?

Tom Wilson: I am not certain what other programs do.  I feel good about our consistent work ethic, emphasis on multi-sport athletes, and an accountability system that keeps our kids on track with their goals and ours as a program.

Question: What do you consider to be the most important aspect of your state championship?

Tom Wilson: Winning back to back championships is hard.  We obviously have talented kids but we also had good leaders.  Our focus was to win back to back championships.  Our kids did not lose sight of that goal.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.