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This profile was last updated on 8/27/06  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • master's degree , science education
  • master's in science , education
    Central Arkansas
Web References
NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source
nwanews.com, 27 Aug 2006 [cached]
"I love watching Lee play every chance I get," said Springdale Har-Ber offensive line coach Don Struebing, a former high school and college All-America center.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette :: Sports
www.nwanews.com, 8 Oct 2002 [cached]
Whatever happened to... ? DON STRUEBING : Springdale kind of guyArkansas Democrat-Gazette :: Sports
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Whatever happened to... ? DON STRUEBING : Springdale kind of guy
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SPRINGDALE - Eight years after a messy departure from the University of Arkansas football team, Don Struebing is getting a chance to live out his dream."When [Springdale] Coach [Gus Malzhan] called me and I got the keys to this building [the school's field house] I felt like somebody had given me the keys to Lambeau Field [home of the Green Bay Packers]," Struebing said."It truly is a dream job, I mean how many people can say by the age of 28 that I'm the offensive line coach of where I want to be.I think so many coaches spend time wondering where they're going to be two or three years from now or trying to climb the ladder and never to reach it, their ultimate goal, and never got it done.At least in my eyes I couldn't be any happier.This is outstanding."
Struebing is the offensive line coach for the state's top-ranked team.He has returned to the city and school where his story first began, where he became the first player from Springdale to be named a Parade All-American, in 1992.
Struebing was heavily recruited by several NCAA Division I schools, signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks, and started seven games his freshman year.But as the season progressed, Struebing became more and more unhappy with life as a Razorback.A knee injury brought his season to end before Arkansas' season finale against LSU.
A small-town man at heart, Struebing decided to get away from the bright lights and television cameras of the SEC and transfer to a smaller school.
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Struebing was floored by the decision.To this day he still hasn't spoken to his former coach."I never have talked to Coach Ford, and I hope he's doing well," Struebing said."Believe it or not he taught me a thing or two about being mentally tough."
Struebing decided to take advantage of the NCAA's one-time transfer rule, which allowed him to appeal Ford's decision."I just wasn't happy and I wanted a new venue," Struebing said."It was tough because I was actually the first person to get the one-time transfer rule.I had to go in front of the university judiciary board, and I guess it was a landmark deal."
Struebing convinced the school's committee to grant his transfer.He chose the University of Central Arkansas, an NCAA Division II school in Conway, and played there his next three years.Struebing was named a
Sporting News All-American and when his eligibility was finished he became a student assistant coach while working on his master's degree in science education."I never look back and think about what would have happened if I had stayed," Struebing said."And I never for anything in the world would have given up my days at UCA.I had the opportunity to play there, I met my wife and I had the opportunity to coach there."
Struebing said he wasn't forced to end his playing career after college.Offers came in from the Arena Football League and even the NFL, where he had a chance to go to a free-agent camp for the San Diego Chargers.But Struebing decided that his playing days were over."I had a family and I was about nine hours from graduation, and I knew that I was going to be a coach one day," he said."And I had an offer to be a student assistant.You've got to take care of your family."
Struebing also flirted with semipro wrestling.But decided that he had to stay with football."I had a friend in Cabot named Lynn Johnson and he was a semipro wrestler and he had a ring in his back yard," Struebing said."The corners were made out of telephone poles and it was a crude deal.I definitely thought football was a much better way to go."
After working as a student assistant at UCA from 1997-1999, Struebing was a graduate assistant for the Bears in 1999, then was promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2000.But Struebing longed to return home to Springdale and when longtime Coach Jarrell Williams retired, Struebing got his chance.He applied to be on the staff of Malzahn, the school's new coach.Malzahn said that the decision to hire Struebing in 2001 wasn't difficult."I wanted someone who was part of Springdale's tradition," Malzahn said."He had a lot of experience playing and coaching.And he's very detail-oriented.That's what we were looking for."
Struebing said that he was more than happy to follow in the footsteps of Williams."To this day I still fear him," Struebing said."I fear him out of a respect.If he told me to run through a brick wall today I'd get in a three-point stance and try to do my damnedest.He's definitely a mentor of mine.I'm not even trying to live up to what he did.When I think of great coaches I think of Bear Bryant and [Joe] Paterno and [Bobby] Bowden and Jarrell Williams.His name is right there in the same sentence."
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Struebing at a glance AGE 28 FAMILY Wife, Katie; son, Sam, 6 HOMETOWN Springdale HIGH SCHOOL Springdale COLLEGES Arkansas fall 1993, Central Arkansas 1994-1999; holds a master's in science education from Central Arkansas.Started seven games as a freshman at Arkansas in 1993; transferred to Central Arkansas after the 1993 season.Was named third-team All-American by Don Hanson's Football Gazette and first-team All-Gulf South Conference in 1995; was named an NCAA Division II first-team All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, The Sporting News, Bob Griese, Successful Farmer, Don Hanson's Football Gazette and Football Quarterly; was also named an Association Press Little All-American, first-team all-Gulf South Conference and to the Gulf South Conference team of the decade for the 1990s.COACHING CAREER Student assistant, Central Arkansas, 1997-1999; graduate assistant, Central Arkansas, 1999-2000; assistant coach, Central Arkansas, 2000; offensive line coach, Springdale High School, 2001-present.
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Don Struebing , Line , University of Central Arkansas , from Springdale , AR
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