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Van Buren Picks Bunnell to Coach Football

By Jason Van Arkel, July 30, 2018

The Van Buren football team knew they would have a new coach this fall, but with one week to go before the start of practice, the Warriors now have a different coach than the one they expected.

Mike Bunnell Van BurenVan Buren athletic director Mike Plecker told Ottumwa Radio Sports that assistant principal Mike Bunnell (pictured at right) has been tabbed to coach Warrior football for the 2018 season. Bunnell’s appointment comes on the heels of the resignation of Lloyd Sisco, who had been hired as head coach back in February. Sisco resigned from the position late last week, departing before ever coaching a single Van Buren practice.

Bunnell does have previous head coaching experience in football, having led the Fort Madison program from the 2002 through the 2004 seasons. His most recent coaching experience came in 2015 and 2016, when he served as head coach for the Louisa-Muscatine softball team.

Sisco would have brought 24 years of head coaching experience to Keosauqua, although he had not held such a position since he coached Burlington in 2004. He spent 14 years as the head coach for WACO, another eight years at Washington, and also coached in Lebanon, Missouri in 2002.

Van Buren originally hired Sisco to replace Mike Hurley, who resigned at the end of last season. The Warriors are coming off a 1-8 record in 2017, a year where they lost their final eight games after winning the season opener over Cardinal. Van Buren opens the 2018 season at home versus Cardinal on August 24th. All Van Buren games this season will be broadcast on 92.7 KTWA.