A Postville native will take the reigns of the Maquoketa Cardinals football team this fall.

The Maquoketa Community School Board last week hired Riley Brockway, 24, as the new head football coach. 

Brockway replaces Kevin Bowman, who announced his retirement from coaching earlier this year. Bowman walked the sidelines at Goodenow Field for more than three decades, including the last 15 years as head varsity football coach. 

Thirteen people applied for the head football coach position. Three were interviewed. Brockway made the final cut.

Brockway was born in Postville, where he started playing football in the fifth grade. 

“I played all sports in high school including football, basketball, track, and baseball. I excelled in football and was named first-team all-district running back as a senior in high school,” Brockway said. 

After graduating from Postville High School in 2014, Brockway attended Wartburg College in Waverly. He played football there for four years.

“We posted a record of 39-6 in four years. I was a part of the winningest class in Wartburg College history,” Brockway said. “I played wide receiver. In 2017 I was fortunate to be voted as an all-American wide receiver.” 

His football acumen includes several receiving records at the college: most passes received in a career, most passes received in a season, most receiving yards in a season, most touchdown passes received in a game.

Postville is about two hours and 110 miles from Maquoketa. Brockway said he heard about the open coaching position from his old college roommate from Maquoketa and some friends who live in the Maquoketa area.

Brockway has three years of assistance coach experience under his belt.

Goals for the program

“I believe football serves as a great teaching tool for young athletes,” Brockway explained. “The Maquoketa football program will not be built on wins and losses. We will win by how we help young athletes reach their full potential. I want the athletes in our program to be better people because they were part of our program. I look forward to bringing my energy and passion for teaching young people on the Maquoketa sidelines this fall.”

Brockway said he plans to have a balanced attack on the offensive side of the pigskin. 

“It will depend on what the opponents' weakness is,” Brockway said. 

When the Cardinals are on defense, “it won’t make a difference what formation we would be in, we will be aggressive but playing smart, solid, fundamental football. (We’re) looking for takeaways on every snap,” he said.

Brockway said he’s excited about coming to Maquoketa and meeting the current coaching staff and “the future football players to start the Brockway era. There is a great history of football in Maquoketa and I can’t wait to continue that tradition.”

Brockway will finish out the year teaching at Postville then hopes to be in Maquoketa by June 1 to begin getting to work with the Cardinals football team.

District juvenile liaison

Brockway also will be paid $38,000 a year as the district’s juvenile court liaison.

Six people applied for the position

As the district’s juvenile court liaison, Brockway consults and coordinates with school officials regarding at-risk students and their progress, both behaviorally and academically. He will supervise those students, make home and community visits as needed, assist with delinquency prevention, ensure attendance, and provide short-term and ongoing counseling services to students, small groups and families whose children experience attendance and/or behavioral problems, according to the district.