N-F softball coach Jungers steps down

After a highly successful 13-year tenure as Newell-Fonda head softball coach, Dick Jungers has decided to step aside.

Jungers, who posted a 382-124 mark with the Mustangs, cited personal reasons for his decision. He guided N-F to nine conference titles and seven Class 1A state tournament trips over the last nine years. Jungers also coached in four state championship games, and won a 1A state title in 2008.

“This was a very difficult decision for me and my family, but we felt now was the best time as our youngest children are at the age where I want to play a larger part in their own extra curricular events,” said Jungers. “My goal for Mustang softball was for it to be one of the elite programs in the state, and we have accomplished that goal.

“I have worked with all of these kids since they would come to my clinics, so I have a strong attachment to each and every one of them. Now is the time because we have great leadership on the team and they will accept the challenge as it is and carry Mustang softball to the next level of achievements.”

Jungers, who is also a grade school principal in the N-F school district, will continue to coach the girls basketball program. On the hardwood, Jungers owns a 227-50 record through 11 seasons. He directed the Mustangs to 1A state runner-up honors in 2008 and 2013.

“I have been very fortunate over the years to have coached tremendous athletes, who were even greater people,” Jungers said. “I also want to thank the parents and community for their on-going support for Mustang softball.

“They are the ones that made it feel special year in and year out.”