Longtime Northeast Iowa Coach Gene Chinander Died in Car Crash Thursday | Soccer

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Gene Chinander, father of Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, died in a car crash Thursday. He was 69 years old.

Longtime Iowa high school football coach Gene Chinander struck a tractor-trailer parked near Allison and died at the scene, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Gene Chinander has spent over 45 years training and teaching in the Allison, Bristow and Greene area. His best seasons came at Allison-Bristow where the Trojans made the Class A playoffs in 1994 and 1995.

Led by All-State first-team defensive lineman Shane Buss, Allison-Bristow reached the Class A state semi-finals in 1995, where she lost to eventual runner-up North Mahaska, 22-0.

His son, Erik, was a statewide lineman for him in 1997.

Erik Chinander traveled with the Huskers and coached Saturday’s game in Minnesota. Chinander has been Scott Frost’s defensive coordinator for six years.

A visit will be held Monday at the North Butler Elementary School Gymnasium, Allison, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A service will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday at the North Butler High School football field in Greene.

Sietsema Vogel Funeral Homes in Allison takes care of the funeral arrangements.

A Go-Fund me page, https://gofund.me/acbc3b46, was launched to help raise funds for a Gene Chinander Memorial Scholarship for a North Butler student considering a career in coaching and teaching.

Donations can also be made in person to the Lincoln Savings Bank’s Gene Chinander Memorial Fund in Allison or Greene.


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