HOW SWEDE IT IS!

 Former Bethany Swedes head football coach Ted Kessinger was enshrined this past weekend in the College Football Hall Of Fame in South Bend, IN. During his tenure as Bethany College head football coach, Ted Kessinger had an overall record of 219-57-1 and led the Swedes into the NAIA top 25 poll 20 separate times. During his 28 seasons, Bethany College never had a losing season, making him one of the most successful coaches in NAIA history. Division 1 football has Joe Pa, NAIA football had “Teddy the K” (or if you prefer “Tedinger” or maybe “Teddy Kess”) who led the Swedes to 16 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and 13 playoff appearances.   
 
Kessinger himself wasn’t short of personal distinction either, winning the Conference Coach of the Year honors 11 times and was the NAIA’s winningest active coach in both percentage of victories and total wins upon retiring in 2003. The former Swedes coach also coached the first American football team to play in Sweden. (I didn’t realize it worked that way! Does that mean if I coach a football team called The Tahitians I can get a head coaching gig in Tahiti? Sweet!) 
 
When talking about his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame Kessinger said, “I wasn’t aware this was coming down the road. It’s a lot to be thankful for.” Today, Kessinger works as a lay minister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Kiwanis Club and has been honored by the Kansas branch of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also serves as a special consultant to the Bethany College president.
 
“The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to host so many notable contributors to the game in South Bend, celebrating this tremendous accolade,” said College Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. “Enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame is a rare distinction shared by only the most accomplished players, and our festival boasts a myriad of events to highlight this extraordinary achievement.”
 
To read this article in Swedish, click here: http://www.bethanyswedes.com/ 

 

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6 responses to “HOW SWEDE IT IS!

  1. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  2. There’s a lot of decent information here, thanks to the author.

  3. I think you are hilarious! You’re like Dave Barry.

  4. Pingback: THE SWEDE LIFE « Balladeer's Blog

  5. Great stuff and I love your sense of humor.

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