Jim Dostal Cedar Rapids IA Death: Teacher at Jefferson High School and Football Coach at Prairie H.S. died by suicide

Jim Dostal Kevin Death: The entire Iowa communities are mourning the unexpected death of a longtime coach and government teacher who passed away tragically on Wednesday. Coach Jim Dostal was found dead at a Cedar Rapids Community School site this morning. According to reports, law enforcement are investigating the incident as a death from apparent suicide.

The 59-year-old was a Social Science teacher at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, IA and boys varsity football coach at Prairie High School. According to reports, Jim died after battling depression and mental anxiety. Police were called to the scene after a lifeless body was found at a school campus on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. Jim Dostal was an excellent football coach and mentor players and coaches around the county. In 1987, Jim was admitted to the Jefferson’s Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was inducted into the Kohawk Athletics’ Coe College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dostal was a running back at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School. He was a proud graduate of Morningside College, the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, and Upper Iowa University.

In 1985 Dostal became a Kohawk. Playing with fellow Hall of Fame linebacker Harold Phillips, Dostal contributed significantly to the Coe team’s first-ever NCAA Division III playoff run. In 1986, he led the Coe defense with 53 solo tackles, was awarded Eastern Iowa Male Athlete of the Year by the Cedar Rapids Sports Club, and was chosen a team captain. He was also named to the third team of the NCAA.

During Dostal’s junior and senior seasons, the Kohawks were 18-2-1, and he was selected to the all-conference team both years and was considered the most valuable defensive player. He picked off seven passes in those two years, taking two of them back for scores.

Both as a sophomore running back in 1979 and as a second-year head coach in 1992, Dostal guided Jefferson to its only state playoff participation in the previous 25 years, both before and after Coe. In 1988, Dostal went back to his former high school to resume his teaching career.

The Jefferson High School students chose him as their most important teacher in 1992 and 1993. The second-most successful season in Jefferson history took place during his six years as head coach.

Jim Dostal Obituary and Funeral Arrangements will be Released by the Family

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