The coach who launched men’s and women’s soccer at Iowa Lakes Community College has decided to move on.
Iowa Lakes Head Soccer Coach Kevin Farley submitted his resignation to college officials this week.
“I’ve really enjoyed the staff and faculty of Iowa Lakes and their support. Also, the players who have played for me at Iowa Lakes will always be remembered in my mind as ‘pioneers’ who started the soccer tradition for this college,” Farley said.
Obviously, these will be big shoes to fill.
“I would like to thank Kevin Farley for his hard work and dedication to the soccer program for the past three years,” said Director of Athletics, Troy Larson. “We really appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that Kevin has given to the creation of soccer at Iowa Lakes.”
Larson looked back on the building of the programs.
“The soccer programs are headed in the right direction because of Coach Farley’s efforts as well as the support shown by the Iowa Lakes administration and Board of Trustees plus the community of Spencer – especially with the facilities and general enthusiasm for soccer in that community,” Larson said. “Because of this I’m confident that we can hire a very good soccer coach who will carry on what Coach Farley has started and continue building this into a quality soccer program.”
Coach Farley hopes to be remembered most for his values in community service. Often the soccer players were out in the community.
“Although my visions for this program have not been met yet, it is my hope that the Iowa Lakes Soccer students will always be known for their character and community service,” Farley said.
Players were active in helping the City of Spencer’s Recycling committee promote the variety of items which can be recycled in Spencer. In addition, soccer players participated in the first-ever bottle and can recycling effort at the Clay County Fair. And, they were also a part of a house painting project with the KICD stations.
Each year, Coach Farley joined his students in holding a Halloween Scrimmage where they each dressed in a costume for a fun scrimmage and then gave away Halloween candy to those who attended. Farley will also be remembered for his ‘adventures’ in fundraising – most recently for last year’s Watermelon Ride on which he and his coaching staff rode bicycles 890 miles in eight days. Money raised from that went to Positively Spencer Youth and Iowa Lakes Soccer Scholarships in the amount of approximately $5,200.
And, as Farley looks back on his years at Iowa Lakes, he wanted to make a special point to thank those who helped him.
“Thanks to all those people in Spencer who welcomed me as a part of the community,” Farley said.
A search for Coach Farley’s replacement will begin immediately.