Outside the Huddle has confirmed that Tim Mannigel has stepped down as the head coach of the Concordia Lutheran football program.
“The two jobs became a lot,” said Mannigel, who also serves as Concordia’s athletic director. “It was becoming harder to give football the full attention it deserved.”
Mannigel went 59-68 in 11 seasons at the helm of the Cadets, capturing three sectional titles and the Class 3A state championship in 2016. He took over for Dean Doerffler in 2010 after serving on staff as an assistant from 1997 to 2009.
Under Mannigel’s guidance, Concordia Lutheran has become a consistent 3A threat, including last season when the Cadets blanked both Oak Hill and Norwell to win a sectional then pushed eventual state champion Indianapolis Bishop Chatard in the regional round.
According to Mannigel, since taking over the athletic director duties in 2017, more and more time has been spent on his administrative responsibilities, making him feel as if the football program was being shorted.
“It was (a tough decision), but all the signs were there that is was the right decision,” Mannigel said.
When asked about his top memories of his tenure at Concordia, Mannigel centered on the state championship run in 2016. But he also made mention of his relationship with players, past and present.
“Honestly, working with all the players (has been a highlight),” Mannigel said. “They’ve been great and it’s been an honor to work with them daily.
“Working with our coaching staff was also a true pleasure. They are great guys who gave their all to the program.”
Mannigel will continue in his AD duties with the Cadets. He is also looking forward to being home more often. Family time was at a premium serving as both head football coach and athletic director.
“I have two boys who are growing up fast and it will be good to see more of their games,” Mannigel said. “Hopefully they enjoy seeing more of me! I will still be plenty busy with the AD stuff though.”
For those interest in applying, the job has been posted at www.clhscadets.com/employment.