April 22, 2018
Mishawaka named Keith Kinder as the new varsity football coach. The Cavemen have a proud football tradition dating back to 1902. Kinder becomes only the 4th coach in the last 32 years, and follows the two winningest coaches in Mishawaka Football history.
He came to the Mishawaka staff in 2012 from Southern Wells where he was the head baseball coach and varsity assistant for both football and basketball. In his first full year with the Cavemen, he was on the staff that went 11-4 and made it to the State Finals for the first time since 1974.
A 1999 graduate of Jimtown High School, Kinder was a 3-sport athlete who went undefeated playing quarterback in ‘97 and ‘98 as the Jimmies won back-to-back state championships. In baseball he played 3rd base for a Jimtown team that made it to the ‘99 state finals where Kinder won the prestigious L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award. Kinder was also a varsity basketball player and had the lead in the school play.
In his 7 years at Mishawaka, Kinder has helped the Cavemen win 5 Sectional titles. The past five seasons (61 games), he has served as the offensive coordinator for a program that has scored 20 or more points 45 times, 30 or more 30 times and 40 or more points 20 times. During that run, Mishawaka has averaged 30 points a game and was not shut out in any contest.
A big part of the success of Mishawaka Football through the years has been it’s commitment off the field. Keith Kinder comes highly recommended in that area. Longtime sports writer Bill Beck said, “Family is a huge part of Keith’s life and I know he’d be an ideal leader in the community and on the field for Mishawaka High School.” Keith and his wife Kristen are proud parents of two sons Liam and Cam.