• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles

Tom Stone '66Tom Stone '66


The captain of coach Ron Schipper's first Iowa Conference championship squad at Central in 1965, Stone ranks among the most successful and highly regarded high school football coaches in Iowa history. An all-conference linebacker and also a kicker and offensive guard, Stone received the Mentink Award for leadership in 1965. He booted a school and Iowa Conference record 11 extra points against Iowa Wesleyan in 1964.

Stone was an assistant coach for two seasons at Cardinal High School in Eldon. At Pekin High School since 1968, Stone earlier this fall became just the fourth coach in state history to win 300 games and now has a 302-70-1 career mark. His Pekin teams have earned 19 playoff berths with seven state finals appearances and four state titles. Stone's clubs have posted eight undefeated seasons, once recording a 33-game winning streak.

A past president of the Iowa Football Coaches Association, Stone has been the chair of the Football Playoff Committee for 22 years. He was chosen to serve as an assistant coach and later, a head coach, for the Iowa Shrine High School All-Star Game.

He was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named the state Class 1A coach of the year by the IFCA and the Des Moines Register. In 2001 he was tabbed as the national coach of the year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

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