The Perry School Board made it official Monday, confirming the hiring of Bryce Pierce as new varsity football head coach. He will also serve as physical education instructor at the high school.
Pierce, a 2013 graduate of Decorah and 2017 Luther College alum, has spent the past two years serving as an assistant football coach at Independence. The Mustangs were 15-4 in his two seasons on the sidelines. He also taught P.E. and was the girls basketball coach last year, with Independence finishing 3-19.
In his four prep seasons the Vikings — coached by Pierce’s father — were a combined 45-7, including an undefeated state championship in 2012 and an unblemished 2013 regular season in which he was the starting quarterback. Pierce played a variety of positions at Luther.
Pierce, who is no relation to new Perry Activities Director and former P.E. instructor Scott Pierce, takes over for Matt Hardy, who stepped down after last season.