Cedar Rapids Adds To Coaching Staff

Photo Credit: Rebecca Miller/ The Gazette
Photo Credit: Rebecca Miller/ The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – The Cedar Rapids River Kings Head Coach Mark Stoute has added Michael Custer to his coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Custer will return to Cedar Rapids, a place he called home for four seasons from 2013-16, to serve once again as a part of Mark Stoute’s coaching staff and as the River Kings’ Assistant Head Coach.

Coach Custer spent the 2017 IFL season as the offensive line coach of the Iowa Barnstormers and began the 2018 season, their championship winning year, on the staff before taking a leave of absence. Prior to joining the Barnstormers, he helped the Titans to four-straight playoff appearances and a 40-17 record. During his time in Cedar Rapids, the franchise earned the distinction as the 2014 IFL Franchise of the Year and Stoute was named the 2013 IFL Coach of the Year.

“As a head coach, you want to surround yourself with great teachers and mentors,” said River Kings Head Coach Mark Stoute. “Coach Custer brings a wealth of experience in both areas along with an incredible passion for the game of football.”

Stoute and Custer have a long history together that dates back to the 1980s during their time playing semi-professional football in Connecticut. After his collegiate career at the University of Buffalo and then professional playing career, Custer went on to coach in high school, college, and eventually in the arena and indoor football leagues.

With nearly 30 years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Custer is excited about a Cedar Rapids homecoming.

“I can’t wait to get back with Coach Stoute, it was great working him the past 20-plus years,” said Custer. “We had some great wins in Cedar Rapids, I’m looking forward to getting things back on track and giving the fans a team that they can be proud to support.”

For additional questions about the Cedar Rapids IFL franchise, contact General Manager Ryan Eucker at ryan@ goriverkings.com