Father and son Ronnie and Matt Hughes are the new co-coaches of the Clear Creek Amana football team.
CCA athletic director Kurt Ronnfeldt confirmed their hiring Thursday.
“I see it as we’re bringing two outstanding football minds into our program,” Ronnfeldt said. “Ronnie has a tremendous amount of experience as a head coach and Matt has as strong of a passion for the game of football as anyone I’ve ever met.
“They’re both really eager just to take this program over and continue to improve the program.”
Ronnie Hughes has a strong background as a defensive coach. How they split up the coaching duties is yet to be determined.
“They both have really strong defensive backgrounds, obviously, with Matt playing linebacker for three years,” Ronnfeldt said. “How that shakes out, I’ll let them make that decision.”
Matt was an assistant last season at West High. Ronnie has coached at Regina and West Branch.
Matt is a former Iowa linebacker. Ronnie started his coaching career in Texas.
The duo takes over for Rodney Walls, who coached seven seasons. Walls took Clear Creek Amana to the postseason four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) — the only four postseason trips in school history.
CCA finished 4-5 last season, and Walls resigned Nov. 22 during an investigation into a complaint by a parent that he used off-color language at a football player.
The father-son duo will be the fourth coach at Clear Creek Amana since 2003.