About Me

I was born January 16, 1999 in Mason City, Iowa to my parents, Darren and Melanie. My father is a former high school football coach at CWL (Corwith-Wesley-Luverne) High School and at Red Oak High School in the state of Iowa. My mother is a former high school English teacher.

My general interest is primarily sports, including college football and the NFL, college basketball and the NBA, MLB, track and field are the primary sports I follow. I played football, basketball and ran track at Madrid High School in Madrid, Iowa (Go Tigers!) and was mentored by the late, great Randy Hinkel, one of 12 coaches in the state of Iowa to win over 300 football games in their career.

Me (center of the screen) playing against Van Meter my senior year. In a matchup of #3 and #4, we lost 31-24.

I do have a hobby for extreme weather, especially growing up in Iowa, on the edge of Tornado Alley. I am a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service and have been storm chasing for a few years now. My most memorable chase was the EF3 tornado that stuck Marshalltown, Iowa on July 19, 2018 as I pulled into town not 10 minutes after the tornado had struck.

Marshalltown Courthouse after taking a direct hit from an EF3 tornado on July 19, 2018. My photo was shared by the Associated Press.

I am a lifelong Hawkeye fan an going to the University of Iowa has been my dream since the time I was 5 years old and some of my greatest memories have involved the Iowa Hawkeyes! Moments such as Daniel Murray’s game-winning field goal vs. #3 Penn State in 2008, Ricky Stanzi to Marvin McNutt to beat Michigan State in 2009, Keith Duncan’s game-winning field goal to beat #2 Michigan in 2016 are just a few to name.

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