The Sigourney Community School Board recently approved the hire of Mark Shilb as the new head football coach for the SK Cobras.
Shilb comes to the Sigourney-Keota football program from Graceland College in Lamoni, where he was the defensive secondary coach for the past year. Graceland finished the 2007 season with a 6-4 record.
“We are pleased to get someone like Coach Shilb. He is a good hire with a good track record in coaching football,” said Superintendent Todd Abrahamson. “He has solid character and will bring another element of leadership to our communities.”
“I miss being a head coach in Iowa. I’ve experienced several different levels of football...bigger (college) is not always better,” said Shilb. “We are looking for a place to call home - what better place than to find it with Sigourney-Keota.”
Prior to his tenure at Graceland, Shilb has gleaned extensive experience as a head coach in a couple different classes of high school football in Missouri and Iowa. He has a wide background of coaching different positions on the field.
He led South Harrison High School (Class 1) in Bethany, Mo. to a three year record of 27-9. “When I first arrived, the program was used to winning about one game per season,” said Shilb. “We went to the State Semi-finals in my final season.”
Shilb returned to Iowa accepting the helm at Perry High School (Class 3A). Traditionally, Perry isn’t a power program, but Shilb led them to a District 7 Runner-up title in his second year as head coach.
Shilb plans to keep the basic Cobra offense with the ‘I’ formation; he feels he has a handle on the single wing philosophy and will add a few new moves. Defensively, Shilb plans some changes, but feels the SK program is strong and will continue to be powerful into the future.
Shilb also plans to teach Physical Education and Health at Sigourney Junior/Senior High School. He and wife, Krista have three children: eldest daughter, Erin will begin the third grade this fall; son, Reid will start Kindergarten and their youngest daughter, Macy will turn two years old in August.
The family hopes to move to the community before June first as Coach Shilb is eager to get into the weight room with the players. “We are excited to be coming to the area representing the football program, the community and the school,” said Shilb. “We were very impressed with all of the people we have met and are looking forward to making our home with the SK Cobras.”