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Iowa City Liberty names Jeff Gordon head football coach

Current sophomore head coach will be school's first to lead varsity

Liberty High School football pads and helmet in the weight room at the new school in North Liberty, Iowa, on Monday, August 7, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Liberty High School football pads and helmet in the weight room at the new school in North Liberty, Iowa, on Monday, August 7, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — Iowa City Liberty has named Jeff Gordon as head football coach for the upcoming 2018 football season.

According to Sunday’s news release from Liberty Athletics Director Mike Morrison, Gordon has served as the freshman and sophomore coach the last two years and will become the first varsity football coach at the recently built school.

“He has a tremendous work ethic and an outstanding rapport with all of the students in our building,” Morrison said in the news release. “He has an incredible level of passion for kids, football and our community.”

Gordon has coached at various levels the last 12 years, serving as an offensive line coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie in 2014-15. He was also an offensive and defensive line coach for Class 4A state runner-up Iowa City High team in 2010. Gordon was a Graduate Assistant, who also coached the offensive line and tight ends for San Jose State, where he played as a starting left tackle.

Work will turn to rounding out his staff for the Lightning, who will compete in 3A for its first two seasons before an expected jump to 4A in 2020.

“We will immediately begin the process of hiring at least 4 more assistants, including the search for an offensive coordinator,” Morrison said. “There is a lot of hard work for us to do. Jeff has the work ethic to take on that challenge.”

Gordon is familiar with the area and its football landscape. He teaches social studies at Liberty and played football at Iowa City West as a member of one of Reese Morgan’s state title teams.

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“This is an area rich in football tradition,” Morrison said. “There are three amazing high school football programs right here in Iowa City. Our goal is to achieve at a level high enough to be in that same category as those three.”

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