Homer Screws took over the Coe men's soccer team in the fall of 2007, after holding the post from 1992-1998. During his first stint, the team made it to the Midwest Conference finals in 1995. Screws also served as the women's head coach during his second stint. Screws took the Kohawk men to the Iowa Conference Tournament in 2010, while taking the women in 2009 and 2010. Screws has coached 11 All-Iowa Conference performers on the men's side.
Screws is a native of Tacoma, Wash. where he was a standout youth and high school all-state player. He played collegiate soccer at nationally ranked Warner-Pacific College in Portland, Ore. Screws had a five-season professional career in which he played in more than 100 indoor and outdoor games for teams including the Tacoma Stars, Portland Timbers and the Atlanta Attack. Unfortunately, he suffered a career-ending knee injury and has focused on coaching ever since.
Screws has had success coaching youth players and various competitive teams over the last 20 years. Some of the most notable coaching accomplishments include several state championships, two appearances at the Region 2 semifinals, and coaching a club team with a national ranking as high as ninth in the country. However, if asked, he is most proud of the hundreds of individual accomplishments in which he has been part or had some influence. Literally hundreds of his players have gone on to compete at NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA levels, with over 100 that were State ODP players, more than 20 Regional ODP players and several national team members. Most important to Screws is that several of his former players have been inspired to and are now coaching club, high school and college soccer.
Coach Screws' mission is to "develop a winning, positive culture of soccer of which current, past and future players can be proud." Furthermore, he believes the relationships developed by working toward a common goal will last far longer and mean more than any result on the playing field.
Homer Screws Year-By-Year
Appleby joined the Kohawk men's soccer coaching staff for the 2010 season after graduating Cum Laude from Coe in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. Appleby also returned as an assistant for the women's program during the 2014 season.
During his freshman year, he was a kicker on the football team before joining the soccer program, where he was a three-year letterwinner. He was active in Residence life, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Student Alumni Association (SAA) while a student at Coe.
Along with his Kohawk coaching duties, Appleby is the Head Coach of the girls soccer team at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School. Appleby also coaches club soccer for FC United in Cedar Rapids. He currently holds a National D license through the USSF and a National Diploma and Goalkeeping 1 & 2 through the NSCAA.
Appleby also works in the Registrar at Coe.