Iowa Barnstormers assistant coaches won’t be back in 2019

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Dixie Wooten confirms return to Iowa Barnstormers
Dixie Wooten takes in the emotion of a championship victory following his Iowa Barnstormers' win over the Sioux Falls Storm in the 2018 United Bowl. Photo by Connor Ferguson.

Nearly two months ago to the day, the Iowa Barnstormers won their first league championship in franchise history when the team defeated the Sioux Falls Storm 42-38 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Lead by Dixie Wooten, who won the Indoor Football League’s (IFL) coach of the year award for the second straight season, the Barnstormers streaked to an 11-3 regular season record before winning the United Bowl on their home turf on July 7.

Shortly after, Wooten told Chris Williams of 1460 KXnO that he would be returning to the team to coach the 2019 season.

However, that didn’t cover his assistant coaches.

Iowa Barnstormers assistant coaches won’t be back in 2019

According to a post on Facebook by Malcolm Nelson, the team’s offensive line coach, him and the rest of the assistant coaches would not be returning to the 2019 Iowa Barnstormers due to, “interests inside and outside of coaching.”

The post read:

On Behalf of myself Malcolm Nelson, Hurtis Chinn and Marcus Coleman we would like to thank the fans for their support during the 2018 Championship Season. We have all chosen to pursue professional interests inside and outside of coaching and will not be part of the coaching staff for the 2019 season. We would like to thank Coach Dixie Wooten for the opportunity he gave us and Good Luck next season.

It is unclear as to what the reasons for the departures are, but Last Word On Sports will be updating our readers at our absolute earliest convenience.

Iowa will have plenty of time before they need to hire replacements for the coaches, as the IFL hasn’t set up it’s 2019 season schedule yet.

Iowa will return to the field along with the rest of the IFL in February of 2019. Fans can expect the schedule to come out later in the year near the month of October.

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