IKM-Manning’s Coach Casey joins IFCA Hall of Fame

 ALTOONA -- Longtime IKM-Manning and I-K-M football coach Tom Casey, Manilla, is one of four new inductees into the Iowa Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
 Casey received his hall of fame plaque during a ceremony at the IFCA Clinic held Friday, March 1, at Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel in Altoona. Also recognized were Lonnie Powers (Lone Tree, WACO, Knoxville), Greg Thomas (Humboldt) and Brian Wilken (Newell-Fonda).
 “I’m very honored and humbled that they would vote me in for such an award,” Casey said. “It’s something you don’t ever expect, but I certainly appreciate the honor.”
 A 1973 high school graduate of Cumberland & Massena, Casey has put together a storied 40-year coaching career in the community since earning his degree from Peru State in 1978. He was an assistant coach at Manilla for seven years and since then has fashioned a 33-year record of 220-117 as the head coach or co-head coach at Manilla (1 year), I-K-M (21 years) and IKM-Manning (11 years).
 Casey has helped guide 13 teams to the playoffs during that time, highlighted by I-K-M’s Class A state title team in 2006.
 A love for the game and IKM-Manning’s blue collar student-athletes keeps Casey coming back each year to direct the football program.
 “I really enjoy working with the kids, being around the kids,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate here to have good kids to work with. Our kids have been really willing to do what it takes to be successful. They have a good work ethic and they’re coachable. They want to compete and they want to win and they’re willing to do the hard work to get that accomplished.”

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