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Jim Dostal, A 1992 Class 4A Playoff Semifinalist, Was Remembered In Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Their goal was to coach alongside each other and experience the thrills and difficulties of football as a team. When Mark Bliss arrived at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School in 2015, he credited his decision to move to the Australian bowl game to meet Jim Dostal, an unexpected friend. When Bliss was hired as the Hawks’ head coach, Dostal had to take over as his defensive coordinator.

This collaboration lasted until 2022, when Bliss took a leave of absence to tend to his seriously ill adult daughter. Bliss called Dostal his best friend, noting that their eight years of coaching at Prairie and their 29-year relationship had been the most fruitful. Dostal, who was 59 years old on Wednesday, was a guy of great integrity, compassion, and unwavering work ethic.

Dostal, a 1986 graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson and an All-America linebacker for Coe College, was a key member of Coe’s inaugural NCAA Division III playoff squad. He then worked as an assistant coach at Prairie before joining Bliss, and he is inducted into the Coe Athletics Hall of Fame. Dostal also led Cedar Rapids Jefferson to the Class 4A state playoff quarterfinals during his six seasons as head coach there in 1992.

Dostal’s influence went beyond the football field; he continued to teach at Jefferson and had a profound effect on innumerable students’ lives. As he thought back on his friend’s demise, Bliss conveyed his profound sadness and recognized Dostal’s enduring influence on countless of lives.