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.”
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