Will Feller finished his career as a four-year varsity player at Lincoln by being named first-team all CIML Metro. Will scored 755 points as a Railsplitter and averaged over 12 points a game in his final two seasons.
Will accepted a scholarship to Graceland University to continue his career, playing for two-time national champion head coach, Craig Doty.
Justin Einerson, Head Varsity Coach, 3rd Year
Justin Einerson is a native of Two Rivers, Wisconsin and is the great nephew of Wisconsin Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Ron Einerson. Justin is entering his third season as head coach of the Lincoln High School boys. Einerson is also the GEAR UP coordinator at the school, a program that helps students plan and prepare for college.
Einerson came to Lincoln after a 10-year stint in college basketball at various levels and various roles. Most recently, he was the defensive coordinator at Madison College, a junior college program in Madison, Wisconsin. With a large contingent of Einerson’s recruits in WolfPack uniforms, Madison won 20 games in 2016-2017 under first-year head coach Billy Kegler.
This is not Einerson’s first coaching position in Des Moines as he was the offensive coordinator at Grand View University under long-term coach Denis Schaefer from 2012-2015. The Grand View Vikings advanced to the MCC championship game in 2013. Grand View also advanced to the NAIA Division I tournament in 2017 for the first time in school history with players recruited and developed by Einerson.
Working under current Texas Tech Assistant Coach Mark Adams, Einerson spent one season at Howard Junior College in Texas. The Hawks compiled a 23-8 record and advanced to the Division I Region V championship game where they fell to eventual undefeated national champion, South Plains. At Howard, Einerson specialized in player development with the guards, two of which were named all-region. One of them went on to play at LSU.
Einerson spent three years as the lead assistant at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. At Clarke, Einerson was an integral part of the recruiting and player development efforts while working alongside Head Coach Jerry Drymon. In his final year at Clarke, the Crusaders doubled their win total from the previous season and recorded the fifth-best win total in school history. The 2010-2011 Crusaders also recorded a program record 3.1 grade point average. Einerson also picked up a masters in business administration from Clarke University in 2011.
Coach Einerson is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he majored in history and served as the head manager of the men’s basketball program as a student. After graduation, Einerson spent the 2007-2008 season on Rob Jeter’s coaching staff as an Administrative Assistant.
Coach Einerson resides in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines with his wife Brittany and newborn daughter Reese.
Rob Newton, Assistant Varsity Coach, 1st Season
Rob Newton joins Coach Einerson’s staff this year after having spent a significant amount of time coaching high school basketball on the girls’ side. Coach Newton was a member of the Lincoln girls staff from 2015-17 and was a member of the Johnston girls’ basketball staff during 2017-18 season. Newton brings experience at both the high school level and the AAU level, where he has both started and overseen programs on both the boys and girls side.
In addition to his time at Lincoln and Johnston, Newton has spent time coaching as an assistant and head coach Des Moines Christian High School (2006-2008, 2009-2011) and Des Moines East High School (2008-2009, 2011-2012). He has been a part of 2 state tournament teams – DM East (2011-12, lost in quarterfinals) and Johnston (2017-18, lost in semi-finals).
Coach Newton has worked with players at all levels on both a 1-1 and small group basis, including middle school, high school and college-aged basketball players. Newton brings an understanding of developing a strong skill set to help each player moved toward maximizing their potential on the basketball court.
Newton is a full-time math and business teacher at Lincoln High, having earned his Masters in Teaching from Drake University in December 2011. Rob and his wife, Jennifer, live in West Des Moines and have a son, Beckett, who is a junior at Valley High School
Jacob Hugen, Varsity Assistant, 3rd Year
Coach Hugen is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. Hugen is the P.E. teacher at McKinley Elementary, a feeder elementary of Lincoln H.S. Hugen is going into his third year as an assistant basketball coach and his fourth year as an assistant baseball coach for Lincoln H.S.
Hugen joined the basketball staff in 2016-2017 as a freshman assistant, under current head coach Justin Einerson. In his second year, coach Hugen worked his way up to a varsity assistant, where he was in charge of defensive play calls and in-game matchups.
Jacob specializes in defense and culture for the varsity Rails. Coach Hugen is very proud to be a part of the Lincoln family. He lives in Des Moines with his wife Brianna.
Justin Haas, Head Freshman Coach, 3rd Year
Justin Haas started his coaching career at Cabot High School. Cabot High is in Cabot, Arkansas which is located about 30 miles outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. He served as assistant varsity coach for the boys’ basketball program. Under the tutelage of Jerry Bridges, a 2x state championship basketball coach, Haas was able to lay the foundation of his coaching skills and gain great experience.
After coaching at Cabot High, Haas moved to Snyder, TX to coach junior college basketball at Western Texas College where he was the men’s assistant basketball coach. At Western Texas College (WTC) he built on his coaching foundation. While at WTC he assisted with recruiting, organized practice schedules and played a large part in player development. WTC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association in Region 5.
Haas and Coach Einerson’s friendship goes back almost 8 years. Coach Einerson played a pivotal role in opening doors for Haas at WTC and at Lincoln High School. During the 2016-2017 season, Einerson’s first season at LHS, Haas served as varsity assistant. In 2017-2018, Haas worked with a Des Moines 8th grade team preparing them for demands Einerson would be expecting as they continued within the Lincoln basketball program. Entering his third year with the Lincoln High School basketball program, Haas is excited to see how Lincoln’s boys’ basketball program will continue to grow and compete against some of the top schools in the state.
Haas works full-time for the American Red Cross as a Corporate Philanthropy Officer.
Connor Quijano, Head Sophomore Coach, 2nd Season
Connor Quijano is entering his second season as a Varsity Assistant and the Sophomore Head Coach for Lincoln. Coach Q is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and Lincoln alumni, graduating as a Railsplitter in 2013.
While at Lincoln, Coach Q played basketball for all 4 years, earning varsity letters in his Junior and Senior seasons. Following his graduation from Lincoln High School, Coach Q attended the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in Sport and Recreation Management with a concentration in Coaching and Sport Instruction. He then returned to Lincoln to begin his coaching career and join the Lincoln Basketball family.
In addition to his duties as the Sophomore Head Coach and Varsity Assistant, Coach Q also specializes in player development skill workouts. Coach Q hopes to one day become a varsity head coach at the high school level and eventually progress into a career coaching at the college level.
Dominique Shirley, Youth Player Development Coordinator
Dominique Shirley is a youth development basketball coach serving his first year on the Railsplitters Coaching staff.
Dominique Shirley; better known as Coach Dom was born in Waterloo, Iowa but grew up on the south side of Des Moines, Iowa and is the son of record setting Iowa High School Softball coach Garland Shirley.
Coach Dom helps young athletes transition from little to no basketball experience into highly competitive and skilled individuals. Coach Dom can be defined as a skill enhancement trainer and uses innovation to artificially simulate the game for players. Coach Dom has specialized certification in Defensive Strategies, Offensive Playmaking and Finishing at the basket. Coach Dom has had his Gold license with USA Basketball since 2016.
Coach Dom has gathered years of experience with player development from his involvement with Bones Brigade Select; which is a youth basketball program partnered with MVP Sports, designed for athlete interested in a more innovative, and competitive basketball experience. Coach Dom established the program in 2015 and plays the roles of Program Director, Player Development Coach and Head Coach for the program. Coach Dom has an AAU coaching record of 118-65.
In addition to coaching; Coach Dom works for Des Moines Public Schools as an Office Manger at Moulton Elementary. Coach Dom spends his free time raising his toddler son and acts as a role model for multiple schools and communities.
Prep Hoops Iowa had their eyes on the southside last week when they featured sophomore Nate Feller in a profile piece.
By T.J. Rushing
Posted On: 03/15/18 8:33 PM
Des Moines Lincoln is in the midst of a rejuvenation, and its 6-foot-3 sophomore shooting guard Nate Feller is at the forefront.
The Rails finished this season 5-18, but things are looking up — there were only two seniors on this year’s team — and it’ll be Feller’s team to lead the next two seasons.
The younger brother of Graceland-bound forward Will Feller, Nate explained to PHIA what is it that makes him one of the CIML’s most productive 2020s.
“I’m a really good catch-and-shoot guy, I get down there and run my lanes correctly. I’ve been working on that all my life. I’ve been wanting to work on ball-handling, so I can bring the ball up the court sometime,” he said.
“What I bring to the game is some good passing, and I want to win; and obviously, at Lincoln, we haven’t been that good. But, we’re making steps in the right direction, and I think I’m a big part of that.”
Feller was good as a sophomore with the Rails. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
“I played a pretty big part as a sophomore. And even though I was a sophomore, I was one of the leaders on the team,” said Feller. “Next year, I’ll be the main leader, and my coach has already talked to me about that; about being vocal and leading by example.”
Now, it’s the offseason for Feller and the rest of high school hoopsters around the country. Last spring and summer, he played with Kingdom Hoops Elite 15U. He’s not sure yet who he’ll play with this grassroots season.
“I know for a fact I’ll be playing with a team, but I haven’t made my decision yet on who I’ll be playing with,” said Feller.
“I’m definitely going to be working on my ball-handling a lot, so that I can be more versatile. And I’m going to try and put myself in bigger leadership positions, so that I can be more used to it next season when I take on that role at Lincoln.”
He added: “I just want to be a more versatile player and get better at every category.”
As for recruitment, he’s still a bit young, but Feller hopes it’s something that crops up for him this summer.
“I hope it happens pretty soon. My brother is going to Graceland on a scholarship, and I’ve talked to their coaches. Other than that, not many colleges have noticed me yet.” said Feller. “I hope this summer I can prove that they’re missing out so far.”
Future Railsplitters! Join our Lincoln Varsity High School Coaching Staff and players for a week of skills and team-building at the Roundhouse.
We are excited to teach you the skills and drills you’ll need to work on year-round to play basketball at Lincoln High School.
Click the link below to sign up! Please bring your own ball and a ton of enthusiasm! See you in June!
Basketball players are made in spring and summer. With that in mind, the Rails Basketball Club is committed to providing a 12-month player development experience for southside basketball players. Working alongside the high school teams at Des Moines Lincoln High School, the Rails BC organizes player development opportunities and schedules offseason tournaments and leagues.
At the Rails BC, we also fundraise to provide camp, clinic and AAU scholarships for our athletes.
With support from the southside community, supporters and Lincoln alumni we are committed to the growth of Des Moines Lincoln Basketball while creating athletes that succeed at the high school level and beyond, on and off the court.