(8-11-21) So how do you break up one of the top high school athletic programs in Iowa? You open a brand new high school. That is what is happening in Waukee starting this fall. This year will be the first year for the Waukee Northwest Wolves who will join the Des Moines area sports scene.

A brand new sparking school with top of the line athletic facilities, add some former Waukee coaches and some new ones that will help lead teams during the Wolves first ever season. The school colors will be royal blue, silver, white and black and will be the newest members in the Central Iowa Metropolitan League.

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Northwest High School Varsity Coaches

  • Cory Kopatich – Football
  • Terry Nielsen – Boys Cross Country
  • Jodi Vogt – Volleyball
  • Megan Schaefer – Dance
  • Micala Jensen – Fall Cheerleading
  • Miranda Conner – Competition Cheer
  • Chad Vollmecke – Wrestling 
  • Brett Watson – Boys Basketball
  • Chris Guess – Girls Basketball

What a way to start a football program…playing, Valley, a rival for the first game in school history, cross-town rival Waukee is not on the Wolves regular season schedule.

The Waukee school district planned well for the new school…in July, 2020 Jim Duea, the longtime activities director at Waukee, assumed the same position at Northwest High School, while naming Eric Boyle as Duea’s successor at Waukee High.. The two worked together last summer (2020) and this past fall in making the transition a little bit smoother for both athletic programs.

The 2021-22 school year will be the year of many firsts for every sport, something you can only do once a school. Which makes it a BIG deal to a first-time Wolves athlete.

Did you know…

Boys basketball coach Brett Watson may be the first to coach a Wolves basketball team but he wasn’t the first to be hired. Watson will replace Justin Ohl, who was set to lead the Northwest program after 10 years as the head coach at Waukee High School. Ohl resigned recently to become the 8-9 Activities Director for Waukee Northwest (Prairieview Schhol) .