Mr. Werling came to Indianola in the fall 1970. His first challenge was coaching the Boys Cross Country team. As that fall ended, Ron had coached his first State champion of many to come. When Coach Werling relinquished his cross country coaching duties, he had engineered 13 Conference Championship teams, 4 State Title teams, 4 State Individual champions, and amassed a dual meet record of 127 wins and only 17 losses. Ron started the Girls Track program in 1973. The program prospered immediately as he had 80 girls out the first season but faced the challenges of no uniforms and no track to practice on. However, it didn’t take long for the Indianola Girls track program to become one of the best in the State year after year. Werling’s teams won 9 State Team titles, 14 Conference Championships, as well as a National Federation Team title. During his sixteen year stint as Indianola’s Girls track coach, his teams were 3rd in total points scored at the State Meet, a meet that had been in existence for 37 years. His relay teams won 23 State titles and he had 22 individuals win State Championships. He also had two Drake Relays individual champions and two Relay champions. One individual in the 800 Meter Run established a Drake Relays record that has stood for 16 years and a 4 x 400 Meter Relay set another record for the Drake Relays that has not been broken in 20 years. To gain another perspective, there are 19 events in Girls track and field competition. Coach Werling has coached individuals who are on the All-Time best performance lists in 16 of those events. Ron has been serving as the Indianola High School Athletic Director for the last fourteen years and gave up his coaching duties in 1990. Coach Werling has been inducted into the Iowa State Track Coaches Hall of Fame and still serves as the Chairman of the Girls State Track and Field Committee and the Chairman of the Joint Boys and Girls Cross Country Committee. He says that his coaching success has been due to the great athletes that he has been blessed with. He also credits his best friend and greatest supporter, his wife, Jan, with standing by him throughout his career.

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