For 21 years, Coach Dave Summy walked the sidelines on Friday nights as the head football coach at Indianola High School. After stepping away from his head coaching duties in 2002, Coach Summy had amassed a record of 99-86 as the longest tenured football coach in Indianola history. Under his guidance, the Indians qualified for the state playoffs seven times. Coach Summy produced 25 all-state players, included in this group are Joe Blake, Travis Young, Casey Blake, Ryan Gripp, Joe Schieffer, Antoine Polite, Chris Street and Todd Blythe. Dave retired from teaching in 2010 after a 37 year career which included nine years with the North Polk School District.

Coach Summy’s football career also includes many accolades as a player. Dave was a two year first team all-conference performer as a linebacker at Des Moines Lincoln. He moved on to Simpson College where he became a four year starter and was recognized as first team allconference and all-district two years and team MVP his senior year. In his early teaching days, he continued his playing career as an all-league linebacker with the semi-pro Newton Nite Hawks. As a result of his tremendous career as a player, Dave was inducted into the Simpson College Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Semi-Pro Football Players Hall of Fame in Sarasota, Florida in 2004. Next month, Des Moines Lincoln is inducting Dave into their high school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave is currently a substitute teacher with the Indianola schools as well as continuing to serve as the high school’s head girls’ tennis coach. Dave is also an assistant football coach at Des Moines East where he coaches with his son.

Dave and wife Mary, who is also a retired Indianola teacher, are the parents of daughters Sara Hagen, Molly DiCesare and Kristin McKinney and son Derek Summy. The Summy family also includes seven grandchildren.

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