Sauser Leaving Iowa City West

By Jeff Johnson, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — It’s hard to argue his position is one of the best in the state of Iowa. But Brian Sauser came across another football job he felt was simply better.

That’s why he is leaving Iowa City West for the state of Oklahoma. Sauser will be offensive coordinator, strength and conditioning coach and assistant athletics director at Yukon High School, just outside Oklahoma City.

“A pretty unique opportunity,” Sauser said Friday afternoon. “One of those opportunities that was too good to pass up.”

Yukon is a Class 6A school that plays in a newer $17-million stadium. Bill Young was recently named its head coach, a 67-year-old guy with decades of major college football experience as defensive coordinator at places like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern California and Miami.

“The opportunity to work for him is really exciting,” Sauser said.

Sauser came to West in 2008 after three years as head coach at Muscatine. The Trojans went 0-9 his first season but are now a Mississippi Valley Conference power.

West qualified for the Class 4A playoffs in Sauser’s final five seasons, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2011 and the second round in 2012 and 2013.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” said Sauser, whose Dean of Students position at West was recently eliminated because of budget cuts. He had been reassigned to another administrative position at the school, however.

“When you have a new opportunity, it’s very exciting,” he said. “But at the same time, you think about what you are leaving. We built the program back up, and walking away from that is hard.”

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