Elmwood-Murdock hires alum to coach football program

MURDOCK – A former Elmwood-Murdock student and football player is “coming home” to coach his alma-mater’s football program.

Lance Steffen, a 2010 graduate, posted a statement on Twitter Monday morning saying, “I am excited to announce I have been offered and have accepted a position to coach football and teach social studies with Elmwood-Murdock next fall.”

Steffen spent last season coaching Perkins County High School in Grant, Neb., leading the Plainsmen to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the Class D1 state football playoffs.

He highlights the proximity to family was his primary motivator.

“This has been a tough decision as the students, people and communities of Perkins County have offered me several opportunities to grow as a person and as a professional educator and coach.”

Steffen earned all-conference, all-state and all-district honors while playing for Elmwood-Murdock. He also participated in the Shrine Bowl before playing football at Peru State College until he graduated after the 2013 season.

As a Bobcat, he finished as a three-year letter winner, a conference honorable mention selection and he was a 2013 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America nominee.

“I am happy for where I’ve been and am excited about my family’s future,” Steffen said. “I’m coming home.”

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