Stretch the Cornfield
by Rob Kiser
Iowa Wesleyan College was looking to snap a 100-year tradition of gridiron mediocrity when it hired Texas high school football coach Hal Mumme to breathe some life into its program in January of 1989. Mumme arrived at the tiny NAJA school with an innovative approach to the game that promptly delivered a winning football team with help from assistant coach Mike Leach, wide receiver Dana Holgorsen, and other unforgettable characters that woke up a quiet farming community to an offensive revolution in its infancy. In the process, the team’s coaches and players overcame formidable opponents on and off the field en route to the NAJA playoffs. The success of Iowa Wesleyan’s football team during Mumme tenure in Mount Pleasant paved the way for his continual climb up the coaching ladder and the gradual acceptance of his offensive scheme to the college football schematic mainstream.