Keith Kinder named Mishawaka head football coach


Mishawaka had big shoes to fill. with the departure of Hall of Fame football coach Bart Curtis. After spending 10 seasons and winning 90 games at the school, Curtis elected to leave for the same position at Warsaw.

After a relatively short search, Mishawaka feels they have found the right candidate to continue the program's success.

On Tuesday Keith Kinder was introduced as the next head football coach for the Cavemen.

Kinder is no stranger to success on Friday nights. As a high school quarterback at Jimtown High School, Kinder was undefeated as a starter and win back-to-back state championships in 1997 and 1998.

Kinder is also a familiar face at Mishawaka, where he has been an English teacher at the high school while serving as the football team's offensive coordinator for the last five seasons.

While his title may change, the coaching philosiphy won't. Kinder still expects to run the trademark triple option on offense.

"I wouldn't say it's Bart's offense or my offense. Its Mishawaka's offense and it will stay Mishawaka's offense. We're committed to running the football successfully. Defensively we run to the football. And we're going to be smart on special teams and give ourselves a chance to win games in all three phases. So I guess to answer your question, on Friday night, we're still going to run the football."

Kinder and the Cavemen open the season on August 17th on the road against Portage.

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