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Davis County Coach remembered by school following 50-year career

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 8:28 PM CDT
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BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - Dennis Anderson was a man who left his mark on students and athletes.

His career spanned roughly 50 years as a coach at Davis County, and he left a lasting impact on anyone he met, according to his son Kent Anderson. “He just had a way to make everybody feel welcome, he didn’t know a stranger.”

He was a coach, teacher, and good friend. Mike Finneran, a former athlete, and neighbor of the Anderson’s says he learned a lot from the coach. “He taught me a lot about respect, courage, pride, and determination.” He also says Anderson coached many kids of different ages, and many of his players held him in high esteem. “All kids looked up to him as a father figure.”

Danny Roberts who is also a former athlete like Finneran says the coach had a famous saying that pushed his athletes to work harder when they competed. “His famous saying was always ‘go now’ and you could hear that echo throughout the stadium, and you knew it was time to give it your all and finish the race.” Roberts says, coach Anderson was very team-oriented, and he loved the community.

Kent Anderson says his father’s memory and impact will live on. “I’m just proud to be his son.”

There will be a memorial held Saturday at the Davis County High School Football Stadium.

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