Athletic Hall of Fame – 2011 Inductees
Coach / Inducted in 2011
Les Dollinger made a tremendous impact on Marion High School as a teacher, coach, activities director, and high school principal.
During his high school coaching career, Les served as a head varsity football coach for thirteen years with his teams compiling a 78% winning percentage. His teams never once had a losing record. He coached two teams to undefeated seasons including one at Marion in 1971. He coached football at Marion for five years (1969-1973), compiling a record of 35-11.
Les also served as varsity baseball coach and assistant basketball coach at Marion with his baseball teams winning two WaMaC Championships. While at Marion, Les was named “Teacher of the Year” in 1970 and was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1978. Les was also inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame (Clifton, IL) in 1995 and the Marion Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
Les served as the Marion High School activities director, administrative assistant, and high school principal from 1973-80.
Community Member / Inducted in 2011
Anne Heim has contributed a tremendous amount of time and effort supporting the athletic programs at Marion High School.
Anne served countless hours for the Marion Athletic Booster Club. She was the secretary of the booster club for fourteen years from 1994-2007, and has volunteered at Starry, FMI, Vernon, and MHS for various projects and concessions.
Anne was Consensus Team Member of the Space Study Committee at Marion in 1998 which resulted in the new addition to the high school, new gymnasium, and additions to Starry Elementary. She also volunteered for a football and track improvement project.
Anne has also participated on parent advisory committees, as a Starry room parent, and on fundraising projects. She was the recipient of the State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1997. Anne also served the MISD over the years as a substitute crossing guard, secretary, and classroom aide.
Community Members / Inducted in 2011
Wayne and Janet Jackson have dedicated countless hours over the years into the athletic programs at Marion High School. More affectionately known as Mr. and Mrs. J., they have impacted many students, teams, and activities.
Mr. J. taught in all of the schools in the Marion Independent School District over a 35-year period and coached at both the middle and high school levels. He supervised athletic and activity events for over twenty years for Marion High School. Mr. J was the Director of Marion City Playgrounds for thirteen years. He also was a detasseling crew leader for 22 years, hiring over 950 young people for his team.
Mrs. J. was employed as a secretary at Marion High School for 37 years. She operated the scoreboard and handled other jobs at various Marion sporting events for twenty years.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2003 / Inducted in 2011
Jordan Forkner participated in wrestling, football, and baseball while at Marion High School.
Jordan received second team All-State honors as a linebacker in 2002. He was named the Most Valuable Player and captain of the 2002 football team at Marion High School.
Jordan was a first team All-State catcher in baseball in 2003. He holds the Marion High School record in baseball for most put-outs in a career, with 267 as a catcher. He was also named to the 2003 Small School East High School All-Star Team.
In wrestling, Jordan qualified for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament in 2003 at 171 pounds. He finished his high school wrestling career with over 100 career wins. He was also a captain of the wrestling team his senior year.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2002 / Inducted in 2011
Jana Bradley Gibbs began her Marion High School athletic career in the summer before her freshman year by earning first team All-WaMaC honors as the shortstop of the softball team. She went on to earn 17 varsity letters in softball, volleyball, basketball, and track. Jana received numerous honors for All-Conference and All-Metro in all four sports and earned All-State recognition in softball all five years, including first team All-State following her senior year.
Jana continued her athletic career as a four-year starter on a very successful Coe softball team where she earned all-conference and all-region honors. She is also listed in the top ten in several offensive categories in Coe’s all-time record book. Jana and her senior teammates finished their Coe careers in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the school’s first trip to the College World Series.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1988 / Inducted in 2011
Rob McComas participated in football, baseball, track, and wrestling at Marion High School.
In his senior year in football, Rob was named first team All-State as a linebacker and first team All-Conference as an offensive lineman. He was also named All-Metro his senior year while serving as a team captain. Rob was selected for, and competed in, the 1988 Shrine Bowl football game.
As a wrestler, Rob earned All-WaMaC and All-Metro honors his senior year. He also qualified for the state meet his senior year while serving as a team captain.
In baseball, Rob was the starting catcher at Marion High School from 8th through 12th grades. He led the Cedar Rapids/Marion Metro area in batting average, RBIs, and home runs his sophomore through senior seasons. For a period of time, he was Marion’s career home run record holder. He earned All-WaMaC, All-Metro Elite, and All-District honors his junior and senior seasons.
After high school, Rob was a four year letter winner for football at the University of Northern Iowa. He started at nose guard for the UNI Panthers his junior year and on the defensive line his senior season.