Pete the Peacock helps Oelwein High School celebrate principal’s induction into the UIU Athletics Hall of Fame


Pete the Peacock had a packed week celebrating the inauguration of Upper Iowa University’s 21st President Dr. Bill Duffy and ‘Peacock Dynasty’ Homecoming 2013. But he wasn’t too busy to visit Oelwein High School in Oelwein, Iowa, to celebrate the UIU Athletics Hall of Fame induction of alumnus Chad Kohagen ’97, Oelwein High School principal.

Kohagen, who graduated with a degree in physical education, was inducted into the UIU Athletics Hall of Fame as an athlete. A three-year letterman in football from 1994-96, he played for Coach Paul Rudolph. Kohagen had an outstanding career as a linebacker for the Peacocks earning All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Second Team honors as a sophomore and junior and First Team as a senior. He was twice named as a preseason Division III All-American and earned the honor of Division III District Player of the Week in both 1995 and 1996.

The Denver, Iowa, native served as team captain for UIU in 1996 and 1996 and was one of the leaders on the Peacock football team that finished third in the IIAC with a 7-3 record. While playing for the Cyclones of Denver, he was named to the Des Moines Register Class 3A All-State team as a linebacker.

Kohagen is currently in his 17th year in education with the Oelwein Community School District. He has served as a teacher, an athletic director, and is now in his eighth year as high school principal. Kohagen lives in Oelwein with his wife, Casey Angle-Kohagan ’98 and children, Scout, and triplets Addy, Laney and Ryker.

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