In 2004, the Indianola Community School District welcomed a new superintendent of schools. Unknown at the time, the hiring of Dr. Mike Teiglandto lead our school district was a “package deal”. In addition to the new superintendent, the family’s move to Indianola also brought a future all-state quarterback, son John. With a strong arm, tremendous accuracy, and great field vision, John became an impact player for the Indians.
During his senior year, John passed for 2,020 yards and 17 touchdowns; for his career, John finished with 4,960 yards and 38 touchdowns. Individual recognition came in the form of: first team all-conference, Rivals second team all-state, Iowa Newspaper Association third team all state, and Indianola Record-Herald Player of the Year. The Indian’s basketball team also benefitted from John’s talent. He played on the 2006 state tournament team as well as the 2007 conference championship team. John earned all-conference recognition on both the basketball court and academically. Due to an unfortunate back injury, John was unable to join his teammates on the court for his senior season.
After a stellar high school career at IHS, John continued on to the next level at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Using his freshman year to redshirt and acclimate himself to the college game, John was outstanding the following season. After winning the starting nod for good in game three, John proceeded to rack-up impressive numbers. He completed 129 of 198 passes (65.2 completion percentage) for 1,870 yards and 16 touchdowns. John threw for a school record 5 touchdowns against Truman State. During his sophomore campaign, John led the MIAA Conference in passing efficiency and ranked fifth nationally in Division II.
In 2011, Nebraska-Omaha made the decision to drop their nationally ranked football program. In order to continue his football career, John transferred to Winona State University. However, his initial season at Winona ended two games into the season due to a back injury.
As a fifth year senior at Winona, John enjoyed the most productive season of his career. He led an offense that set both school and conference records for total offense. John passed for an astounding 2,942 yards and 24 touchdowns. He racked up four 300 yard games with one being a 375 yard passing performance against Minnesota Duluth. In 2012, John received NSIC all conference honors and led his team to a Mineral Water Bowl victory. Heading into a sixth year of eligibility,due to a receiving a medical redshirt, John was tabbed a pre-season Division II AllAmerican and team captain. Unfortunately, John’s season ended early with a concussion in the opening game of the 2013 season.
John and his wife Ann currently reside in Winona, Minnesota. He will finish his degree in education this spring and plans to teach and coach at the high school or college level.