The Cedar Rapids Titans Take the Field
Article by Jodi Harris
Photography by Justin Fox
If you are an Iowa Hawkeye Football fan, you will be familiar with the Titans new head coach, Marvin McNutt. First year coach McNutt, earned the honor of being the University of Iowa’s all time wide receiver and finished his career with the Hawkeyes with 170 receptions for 2,861 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also set single season records in 2011 with 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. If that is not enough, McNutt was named First Team All Big Ten. His NFL career includes playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, and the Carolina Panthers.
He will be the third head coach to the Titans in their six season history, and he is very excited to have the opportunity to move into coaching. He recently signed a two-year contract with the team and has high expectations for himself and the team. Recently hired are his five assistants including; Adrian Arrington, Offensive Coordinator; Mitch Madland, Defensive Coordinator; Maurice “Moe” Robinson, Offensive Line Coach; Zen Bliss, Offensive Assistant; and Scott Porter, Director of Player Personnel.
McNutt expressed that coaching has been one of his goals and he is excited to take this next step in his career. In conjunction with his coaching duties, McNutt will serve as the team’s Director of Corporate Partnerships and plans to work with the Titans administration to bring in other former Hawkeyes for appearances throughout the 2017 season.
Originally from Missouri, McNutt says he has always enjoyed helping people be the best they can be to reach their personal goals. After his NFL career, he teamed up with former Hawkeyes Keenan Davis, Kevonte Martin-Manley, and Tyler Blum to give football training sessions to youth in the Eastern Iowa area. The age range of the attendees were from grade school through high school and some were college bound.
“I’ve always loved working with kids and when I was a boy, I wanted to meet my idols. Through our training sessions, we have been able to help kids get the most of their talent, build self-confidence, and reach their goals. The experience was just as rewarding for me and my colleagues as it was for the kids.” Marvin McNutt, Titans Head Coach.
Cedar Rapids Titan Dolls
The CR Titan Dolls are the team cheer squad and there are thirteen ladies ranging from ages 18 to 26 on this season’s team. The 2017 Dolls roster includes; Sarah, Maddy, Alexa, Sierra, McKenzie, Maureen, Meika, Emily, Darrian, Cori, Bekah, Taylor, and Jessica.
Megan Clark is a first year coach of the Dolls and was on the team herself for three consecutive years previous to taking this position. Originally from Arizona, Megan has seventeen years of experience and was a pointe ballerina. She performed in the Nutcracker and other ballet productions with her dance company in Arizona.
“I was a Titan Doll for three years and loved every minute of it, so when the opportunity to coach the team came up, I jumped on it and am very excited to be the coach of such a fantastic team!” she says.
Cedar Rapids Titan Dolls Facts:
• Practice is twice a week and they perform at every home game halftime and do a routine before the game starts for the early bird fans.
• The Dolls are not only a big part of the IFL organization but also play a role in the community by giving local performances, as well as appearances at different fundraisers and events in the community.
• Auditions for the Dolls are held in early November and their season lasts through mid-June. Check out their Facebook page at Cedar Rapids Titans Dolls for complete audition information.
Many of the Dolls begin as Jr. Dolls and train very hard to make the Dolls team. The Jr. Dolls are coached by Jenny Thielman, owner of DanceNation, located at 2811 Wiley Boulevard S.W. in Cedar Rapids. Jenny has nineteen years of coaching experience and this is her third year as the Jr. Doll’s coach.
Junior Doll Facts:
• The Jr. Dolls are a young team of dancers ages 4 to14; and there are currently twenty dancers on the team.
• The girls have been working on routines since September.
• They perform at all Titans home football games and throughout the corridor at community events.
• There is no pre-requisites or experience necessary to join the Jr. Dolls.
• Tuition is $40/month to be a Jr. Doll and practices run September through May.
• Their website is: www.TitansJrDolls.com
Season tickets for the team’s sixth season are now on sale. A free parking pass, courtesy of Park Cedar Rapids, is included in all season ticket packages. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Titans office at 319.730.6301 to get your tickets or season package. The team website is www.cedarrapidstitans.com
*Some of the information contained in this feature came from www.cedarrapidstitans.com.