Tim Mannigel will return as Concordia Lutheran’s football coach

Tim Mannigel

Just shy of a year after he stepped down as the head football coach at Concordia, Tim Mannigel is headed back to the sideline at the same school.

Mannigel confirmed to Outside the Huddle today that he will be the Cadets coach in the fall. Mannigel stepped down in March of 2021 to spend more time at home and to avoid having to balance football with his role as the school’s Athletic Director.

Now after one year of that, he will return to the field where he found a good deal of success.

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 became a consistent 3A threat, including in his 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. 

“We needed a coach, needed someone either close to or in the building. And I’m willing and excited to. come back,” Mannigel said. “Many of the former staff will return, along with new guys.”

Mike Eshbach coached Concordia for one season after Mannigel left. Eshbach resigned in January after a 2-8 campaign in his lone year with the team, with victories over South Side and Northwestern. The season came to an end with a 27-0 loss to Norwell in sectional play.

The Cadets have some pieces to build around for 2022, including quarterback Eli Mattox, who threw for 1,682 yards and 15 TDs as a junior. Defensive stalwarts James Rusher, Landon Kaschinske and Tunmise Okeowo are also set to return.

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