CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Jefferson Activities Director Chris Deam said the goal was to hire the best candidate to be the new head football coach.
They didn’t have to search far to find him.
Jefferson announced in a new release Wednesday that Chris Buesing will take over the J-Hawk football program, replacing Brian Webb who resigned to take the head football post at Sioux City East.
Buesing is the head boys’ track coach at Jefferson and has been the J-Hawks’ defensive coordinator the last six seasons. He also served as an assistant wrestling coach at Jefferson for seven years and was an all-state football player for the J-Hawks.
J-Hawk ties were not a requirement, but they helped Buesing separate himself from other strong candidates.
“We had a lot of great quality applicants,” Deam said. “Toward the end that surfaced as a quality that put him over the top.”
Buesing was a captain for the Shrine Bowl game in 2000, playing football at Iowa State and Loras. He has coached previously at Dubuque Senior and Cedar Rapids Washington. Buesing has helped the J-Hawks reclaim some success, helping them to state playoff berths in 2014 and 2015. He was the J-Hawks’ all-time leading tackler when he graduated and held the record until Tavian Rashed broke it in 2016.
Buesing met with the team Wednesday afternoon.
“I was just in the meeting with the players and I think I was even ready to put on a helmet,” Deam said. “Good energy and laying out tentative steps for student athletes to start getting ready.”
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Deam praised Buesing for the way he has interacted with student athletes and potential student athletes. He noted that the participation in boys’ track has increased under Buesing, who teaches Physical Education at Jefferson.
“Chris Buesing will bring integrity, accountability, an extreme work ethic, and above all, passion to the program,” Deam said in the news release. “He understands Jefferson High School. He attended Wilson Middle School and walked the same halls at Jefferson that our student athletes walk today. He is a true J-Hawk. We are excited to have Chris as our next head football coach.”
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