Casey Kolkman is returning to the Allen County Athletic Conference.
Outside the Huddle has learned that the Bishop Dwenger defensive coordinator has been tabbed as the new football coach at Heritage, replacing the departed Nico Tigulis.
The move makes too much sense for all involved. Kolkman is a current teacher at Heritage, making it an easy pairing.
Taking over the Patriots will be the second team that Kolkman has coached in the ACAC. He was head coach of the Bluffton Tigers from 2010-13, compiling a 17-25 overall record. Incredibly, the 17 career wins at that time was fifth all-time for a coach in the program, behind only Ray Modlin (41 wins from 1963-70), Lawrence Templin (39 wins from 1932-45), Max Bolinger (33 wins from 1971-77) and Rex Bowser (33 wins from 1981-87). Kolkman cited family reasons for his decision to step down, with his kids reaching high school age and his desire to watch them compete in athletics.
Prior to his stint at Bluffton, Kolkman led the North Side football program from 2004-09 with a record of 29-34. In his first season there in 2004, the Redskins won six games, their highest win total in 12 years.
Kolkman has most recently been a part of the staff at Bishop Dwenger, first starting out as linebackers coach before ascending to the defensive coordinator position the last few seasons.
Heritage has won just eight games combined over the last four years. Prior to that, the Patriots had finished with a losing record just once in seven seasons under Coach Dean Lehrman.