Cadwell, McElmuray join IFCA Hall of Fame
ALTOONA -- Harlan native Lynn Cadwell and former Irwin coach Gary McElmuray were among four men inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association’s 2020 Coaches Hall of Fame class on February 28 at the IFCA “Clinic of Champions” Awards Dinner at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel. This year’s Hall of Fame class also included Don Betts and Toby Lorenzen.
Cadwell graduated from Harlan High School in 1962 and played on the undefeated 1961 Cyclone football team - the first in program history to record a 9-0 regular season. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1970 and 1971, respectively.
A six-time playoff qualifier at Wall Lake and Wall Lake View Auburn, Cadwell spent 24 years as a head coach and six as an assistant coach with the same program. He finished his coaching (and teaching) career in 2001 with a record of 164-62. That mark includes conference or district titles in half of his seasons with the program. WLVA reached the Class 1A semifinals in 1992, the furthest the program (now part of East Sac County) has gone in the playoffs since Wall Lake’s semifinal run in 1976 and championship game appearance in 1973.
Cadwell has repaired furniture in Carroll since his school retirement in 2001. He and his wife Ann have three children - Shawn, Shane and Joy (David) Sturm - and three grandchildren.
McElmuray, a graduate of West Harrison High School (1969) and Wayne State College (1973), began his coaching career as an assistant at Irwin and became the head coach three years later, going 55-17 with playoff berths in 1976 and 1977. He also coached 22 years at Iowa Falls and guided 10 teams to the playoffs, capped by a state title in 1996. He later coached defensive backs at Waldorf College and North Iowa Community College.
Since retirement, McElmuray enjoys outdoor recreation in Minnesota and has served as an assistant coach for his son Graig's teams in Nebraska. He and his wife Peggy have son Graig, daughter Angie (Dean) Dundee and four grandchildren.
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