Lance Pedersen

Varsity Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Coach Pedersen is the proud father of Dominic (20), Dakota (17) and Zavier (12).  

Coach Pedersen is in his 9th year as Head Coach of the Mount Vernon Football Program and 30th year overall. Over the past nineteen seasons his teams have compiled a 130-58 record.  In 2017 Coach Pedersen lead the Mount Vernon Mustangs to a 9-2 season and a back to back District title. In 2016 Coach Pedersen lead the Mustangs to a 9-3 season and the state semi-finals. In 2015 Coach Pedersen lead the Mustangs to an 11-3 season and the state title game.  His team finished the season as the state runner-up in class 2A.  In 2014, Coach Pedersen's first season he lead the team to a 6-5 finish where they won their first playoff game in over 10 seasons.  

Before coming to Mount Vernon, Coach Pedersen was Head Coach for the Wilton Beavers. The Wilton Football Program had its first playoff appearance in Coach Pedersen's first year as their coach in 2004. Under his direction, Wilton was an undefeated District Champion three times and made the playoffs eight of his 10 years as head coach.  Coach Pedersen currently holds the honor of being the winningest coach in Wilton Football History.  

Coach Pedersen brings with him three state championship experiences (two as a coach and one as a player) and has been a coach or player in 35 state play-off games.

Coach Pedersen is also a 5th through 8th grade Wellness instructor.  Coach Pedersen also coaches junior high girls basketball. During the summer Coach Pedersen is a drivers education instructor.   Coach Pedersen enjoys spending time with his kids, and loves the outdoors.

It is my pleasure to be the head coach of this football program.  We have amazing young men, a dedicated and close staff, outstanding managers and a supportive community.  Our goal of the program is to make the young men and women we work with better people having been through our program! GET BETTER TODAY

Coach Pedersen's Awards

District Coach of the Year: 2013, 2012, 2007, 2006, 2005

Ed Thomas Award Winner

Board of Director Iowa Football Coaches Association

Ethics/Legislative Chair of the IFCA

2009 SE Iowa District Coach of the Year (Softball)

2008 Iowa Shrine Bowl Assistant Coach

1994 and 2019 Iowa Shrine Bowl Game Day Press box Coach



Coach Pedersen can be contacted via email at