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Friday, June 23, 2017 12:30 am

Mannigel strengthens Concordia ties with post

AUSTIN CANDOR | The Journal Gazette

After nearly 20 years as one of its teachers, Concordia head football coach Tim Mannigel will strengthen his ties with the Cadet family by becoming the school's new athletic director.

Dean Doerffler will retire from the position on July 1st.

"It's an honor to assume the role of athletic director at Concordia," Mannigel said in a news release. "Concordia is a school with a rich athletic heritage, and the goal will be to create an environment where the level of excellence already established will be continued."

While Mannigel will continue to be Concordia's head football coach, he will step down from teaching English, a subject he's taught at the school since 1997.

"Teaching is something I've enjoyed and certainly something that I was comfortable with," Mannigel said in a phone interview. "Having said that, sometimes you get too comfortable, and it's time to challenge yourself with a new role."

Under Mannigel, the Cadets went 13-2 in 2016 and won the 3A state title this past November, routing Lawrenceburg 56-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Since taking over as Concordia's head coach in 2010, Mannigel has amassed a 34-45 overall record.

Upon stepping down from teaching, Mannigel said he will miss his day-to-day interactions with students the most. As a sports fan, Mannigel is excited to become involved in all Concordia athletics.

"It'll just be a really good fit," Mannigel said.