A Professional Youth Football Coach

“I feel very lucky to be working for myself at something I truly love. I’ve had a lot of help along the way- my parents, youth sports coaches, teammates, communities, colleagues, and more. I’ve been influenced by some great people and hope that my work is a reflection of all the good that they have instilled in me.”

Click items below for more info specific to my involvement with each.

Taking Back Football, Owner 2014-Present


  • Run multi-week summer camps across the state of Iowa
  • Provide insights and advice specifically on youth football
  • Guest speaker, private lessons, camp volunteer, and more



Diamond Dreams, Owner/Instructor 2012-Present
  • Pitching instructor for 6+ years
  • Developed and directs in-house RedZone football program
  • Joined ownership group in 2018



RedZone Football Academy--Co-Founder/Director 2010-Present
  • Create, promote, fundraise, and operate all RedZone year-round programs and events
  • Started the RedZone League in 2013
  • East Side 7th Grade Coordinator/Volunteer Head Coach
  • Punt, Pass, & Kick local competition coordinator- sponsored by NFL
  • Give pitching lessons and serve as an instructor in many DD programs



Iowa Football Club, Board Member/Camp Coordinator 2013-Present
  • Legends of Iowa and Kamp Kinnick coordinator
  • Participate in charity events on behalf of the club



HAVlife Johnson County, Board Member 2015-Present
  • A charitable group aiming to Prevent Lost Potential (TM)
  • Funds opportunities for local youth to participate in music, athletic, & arts programs
  • More info at



Supporters, Collaborators, & Camp Participation
  • RedZone Football Academy @ Diamond Dreams
  • Iowa Football Club/Legends of Iowa/Kamp Kinnick
  • Team Iowa Football
  • Football University (FBU)
  • National Under-Classmen (NUC) Rising Stars National Tournament
  • Mitch King’s Extra Heartbeat Football Academy
  • Ankeny Junior Football
  • Metro Youth Football Association (Cedar Rapids)
  • The U (Grimes)
  • Youth Sports Foundation (YSF)
  • Iowa City East Youth Football
  • Iowa City High School/ Southeast Jr. High
  • Clear Creek Amana High School/Jr. High
  • Des Moines- HS & youth coaches
  • (WDM Valley) Tiger Select
  • Grid Iron Greats of Iowa Camp
  • Jim Williams Lineman Camp
  • Tim Dwight Football Camp
  • Mercer Elite Training Academy
  • Strength U



University of Iowa 2005-2008
  • 3-year letter winner spending time at defensive & offensive line, tight end, and linebacker
  • 2008 Team Leader Award
  • Graduated in 4 years with a Communications Studies B.A. and completed the Entrepreneurial Management Certificate program



Walnut High School, Walnut IA 2001-2005
  • Multi-year letter winner. All-district & all-state selections in football, wrestling, & baseball.
  • 2004 Class 2A 215-pound state wrestling champion
  • 2005 SW Iowa & Omaha World Herald Male Athlete of the Year
  • Honor Roll & National Honors Society student
  • Selected as 1 of 78 national U.S. Army High School All-Americans (football)



Independent Baseball, Left-Handed Pitcher 2010-2011
  • San Angelo (TX) Colts, United Baseball League. 2010 & 2011
  • Las Cruces (NM) Vaqueros, Continental Baseball League. All-Star Selection. 2011
  • Kenai (AK) Oilers. Alaskan Summer Baseball League. 2011



Team Iowa- State Director, Coach 2012-2016
  • As state director, held tryouts and assembled teams of 35 players from across the state
  • Coordinated practice, travel, coaching staffs, fundraising, apparel, and a variety tasks associated with the program
  • Hosted 1st & 2nd Round tournament games in Des Moines
  • Served as Head Coach for 7th grade in 2012 and 8th grade in 2013
  • In 2015-16, defensive coordinator of 7th Grade NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP team & 8th grade national finalists.



Above: Coach Blum is a guest on Great Day in Des Moines to discuss a Children’s Cancer Connection tailgate fundraiser; the CCC is a great charity partner of the Iowa Football Club

Coach Blum appears on the Hawkeye Report podcast with hosts Brent Balbinot of Hawkeye Radio Network and Tom Kakert of

Below: Coverage from the Iowa Football Club’s 2015 All-Stars Camp for special needs athletes and Legends of Camp in the Quad Cities.